Step 1: Good skincare
It is important to find the best skincare regimen that works for your skin and maintain your daily routine all the time. Depending on your skin type, make sure you are using good quality products and maintain your skin hydrated and supple 24/7. Hydration is essential even for oily skin. Make sure you use efficient moisturizers that help your skin hold the water it needs to maintain a healthy tissue. Exfoliate once a week to help the natural renewal process and maintain a clear complexion. Remove all makeup before going to bed and avoid harsh ingredients that irritate your skin or cause allergies.
Step 2: Hydration
Hydrated skin is not just about using potent moisturizers. A proper internal hydration will give your skin the suppleness and the glow of youth. Make sure you drink plenty of water, but also “eat your water” and include certain nutrients in your diet to help you maintain hydration at cellular level. Water is essential to life and to your beauty as well – your body works best when it’s well hydrated and cells function correctly to maintain healthy skin. Be careful, cellular water retention is not the same with tissue water retention – which is actually a result of cell malfunction.
With aging, water levels in our body decrease and it’s very important to maintain healthy cells by providing extra “water-loving” nutrients: essential fatty acids and vitamins are key to optimal cellular hydration.
Tip 3: Diet and exercise
These two are related and they are mentioned in any life guide you can think of. You don’t have to maintain strict diets, this is more about maintaining balanced eating habits. Do not make excesses frequently and make sure your diet includes fish, cereal, fruit and veggies as often as possible. For your skin’s youthfulness, it is also important to maintain a constant weight – frequent changes in body weight lead to stretch-marks and a saggy appearance. Don’t run from fats, there are many good fats like Omega Fatty Acids which are a healthy body’s best ally and also help maintain skin’s elasticity.
Tip 4: Antioxidants
Their main role is to protect your body and cells from free radical damage, reducing the signs of aging. Used internally and topically, antioxidants are the key to a young body and a youthful skin. Vitamin C and E, grape-seed and green tea extracts along with other antioxidant-rich fruits should be included in your daily diet.
Tip 5: Sun protection
One of the skin’s biggest enemies is the sun and its harmful UV rays. While it is necessary, in small amounts, for the natural synthesis of Vitamin D by our skin, it’s very harmful in larger amounts. Skin cancer and premature aging are just long term effects, usually a result of occasional damage like burns and prolonged sun exposure. Make sure you wear sunscreen every time you go out, even in winter days when the UVs can be as powerful as in summer (especially if there is snow around). Clouds also allow some UVs to pass through and reach the ground so make sure you are “covered” by a minimum SPF 15 lotion and adequate clothing every time you are outside.
Tip 6: Sleep
It’s your skin’s best friend. While you sleep, skin regenerates and tissue heals faster. This is the most important time of the day in a skincare routine so make sure you don’t deprive your skin of at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep shows instantly on your skin, as it gets puffy, dark circles show around your eyes, wrinkles form. Premature aging can be a result of a tired body.
Tip: Lying on your back and sleeping face-up could help smooth your skin and even some wrinkles – as a result of the gravitational force, the face skin is pulled on the sides and evenly stretched.
Tip 7: Healthy mind
Avoid stress and put on your most optimist attitude. Stress is a major factor for premature aging and a negative mental state can take its toll on your body’s health. While some people resort to spas or yoga classes, others simply take the time to do something they like, as often as possible; a walk in your favorite park or generally spending time outdoors can help you manage stress better and stay stronger and healthier. And inner beauty always shows on the outside ….