Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and the only one you constantly get to look at, which is an amazing thing. Your skin protects you, and it often takes a real beating from outside elements and the rush of everyday life. And no matter what abuse it goes through, it always heals itself or grows back.
But the truth is, your skin is not invincible and has a risk of being seriously damaged. And even if you don’t cause trauma or stress to your skin, it will eventually start to show signs of aging. We know you don’t want to think about that, no one does. And though we wish our skin could stay young forever, that is sadly not the reality.
But just because your skin will eventually age doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to slow down the process and help it along the path. In fact, there are many things you can do to protect it, keep it healthy, and retain its youthful appearance for as long as you can. Here are a few things you can do to help slow down the process of aging and age with grace:
Quit smoking and drink less
If you smoke, you’ve surely heard this advice from many people before for many different reasons, most like cancer related. But smoking significantly speeds up the aging process of the human skin. This is also true for alcohol, which dehydrates the skin and damages it over time. These bad habits are making you look older than you are and if you really want to protect your skin, the best thing to do is quit drinking and smoking entirely.
Exercise Regularly and Eat Healthy
If you have an inactive lifestyle, it is bad for many reasons, including damaging your skin. It’s good to get at least some form of exercise a few days a week. Exercise improves blood circulation and boosts the immune system, which is a great way to keep your skin looking young. Of course, you don’t have to run marathons or power lift every day, walking or some form of light aerobics is a good way to start! It is also recommended that you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Eating fresh, whole fruits and vegetables can go a long way. You should also try to consume less sugar and other refined carbohydrates.
Avoid Too Much Sun Exposure
It’s well-known by now, but it deserves to be mentioned, overexposure to the sun will damage your skin. And it doesn’t matter if you’re going to spend the day at the beach or pool, you should take care to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays every day! Use sunblock with SPF 30 or higher, try to wear clothing that covers your skin, and if you can stay in the shade as much as possible.
Also, if you do want that popular, sun-kissed look, try to apply self-tanning products instead of laying out in the sun or in a tanning booth. You can get the same look without the damaging and aging and increasing your risk of developing melanoma.
Cleanse and Moisturize Every Day
Cleansing your skin is the most important step in your skin care routine, but don’t overdo it! You shouldn’t scrub your skin too roughly, since this accelerates aging. Instead, find a gentle cleanser and wash it twice a day and after sweating heavily. You should also apply a moisturizer to lock in the water, which can also boost your skin youthful appearance. Of course, wear SPF.
Be Mindful of Your Facial Expressions
Are you an expressive person? When you make facial expressions, it causes the muscles in your face to contract. Over time, this will eventually cause lines to form from years of repeatedly making the same expressions. One easy solution is to wear sunglasses to help keep you from squinting.
If you feel as though your skin already looks damaged, it doesn’t mean that it is too late! Even damaged skin can repair itself to a certain extent. By making lifestyle changes today, you can protect your skin. Contact our clinic to learn more about how we can help you further reduce the existing signs of aging. Give Skinlastiq a call today (650) 542-7055.