A literal fountain of youth may be just a myth, but there are ways you can make you skin look younger and healthier. Your skin care routine should be two-fold: eating a healthy diet and drinking lots of water to promote healthy cell growth from the inside and daily, consistent washing, moisturizing and care of your skin to protect the outermost layer. Both are equally important for the total care of your skin. Here are the five best ways to keep your skin looking young
5 Get More Sleep
Sleep helps with a variety of physical and mental health aspects, including promoting healthy skin cell growth and regeneration. Sleep at least eight hours a night, going to bed and waking up at relatively the same time each night and day. And try to sleep on your back if you can as sleeping with your face buried in your pillow can clog pores and may contribute to wrinkle formation.
4 Keep Your Skin Clean
It’s important to wash your skin with a mild cleanser every morning and evening to keep it clean and clear. And never go to bed without first removing your makeup! You’ll also want to exfoliate weekly. Gentle exfoliators clear the dead skin from the surface of your skin and help clear oil and dirt from your pores. Make sure you choose a small-grain exfoliator specially formulated for your face to prevent irritation and inflammation.
3 Choose Products with Retinol
Skin care products that contain retinoids, a compound derived from vitamin A, have been shown to speed cell turnover, smoothing wrinkles and fading sunspots. Look for a lotion that contains 1 percent retinol and apply nightly (retinoids react poorly with sunlight). If you have sensitive skin or notice any peeling or flakiness, you may want to opt for a product that contains peptides instead. They are easier on the skin, but may not have as dramatic results.
2 Use a Daily Moisturizer with SPFs
The sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can cause a lot of damage to your skin—wrinkles, skin blotches, sunspots, and skin cancer. The best way to protect it is to apply a daily facial moisturizer with an SPF of eight to 15. You can also find makeup that has a bit of SPF in it as well. And always remember to apply SPF 15 or higher all over if you plan on being in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
1 Stay Hydrated
Stay hydrated and eat more skin superfoods. This is the single most important thing you can do to make you skin look young and healthy. Water keeps your skin from drying out and looking stretched or flaky. Superfoods like sweet potatoes balance the pH of your skin, salmon fights free-radical damage, tomatoes have lycopene and other antioxidants to promote healthy cell growth, citrus has vitamin C, kale has lutein to prevent inflammation, and red wine has resveratrol, which is believed to be an anti-aging compound.
You don’t need expensive chemical or surgical procedures to make your skin look younger, all you need is a healthier approach to your everyday routine. After only a few weeks sticking to these tips, your skin will look and feel relaxed, radiant, and renewed, and that’s something both you and others will notice.
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