Put skin care at the top of your list
They say beauty is only skin-deep, but your skin is the first thing people see. So if you want to look good, take care of it. Your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive or normal) may help guide which products are best for you, so read the labels on cleansers, moisturizers and other products before you buy. But in general terms, it’s important to wash your face every day and after you exercise. Moisturize afterward to help your skin retain its natural moisture and reduce fine lines.1
Remember to use sunscreen
You know it’s important to use sunscreen. It reduces your risk of skin cancer and helps your skin stay looking young. You might know to use sunscreen when you’re at the beach, but the American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying sunscreen anytime you expect to be out in the sun.2 If you want to prevent premature wrinkles and age spots, sunscreen is the most important thing you can use every day.
Don’t skimp on sleep
Do you skip sleep to fit in everything you need to get done? If you continually get less sleep than you need, the effects will show up on your face3. Plus not getting enough sleep can affect your health in other ways. Lack of sleep has been linked to all kinds of health problems, from weight gain to heart disease to diabetes4.
Try to find ways to schedule more time for sleep, even if that means shifting around deadlines at work or cutting out time-wasters at home, such as spending too much time on social media or watching TV, for example.
Feed your body right
What you eat has a big impact on how you look. Be sure to include plenty of foods that are good for your skin, like omega-3 powerhouses such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, as well as nuts and flaxseeds.5 Get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Eating well will not only help you look good but will help you feel good and maintain a healthy weight.
And if you want to look good at any age, it’s probably a good idea to cut down on the amount of sugar you eat. Sugar may age the skin prematurely.6
Regular exercise is not only important for your health; it can help you stay looking good, too. Be sure to get some cardiovascular workouts, like running or boxing, into your routine as well as weight-training workouts that strengthen muscles. When you include fitness into your regular routine, you are less likely to be overweight and will have toned muscles, which will all contribute to a better-looking you. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.
As you probably know, smoking is linked to a number of serious health problems, from cardiovascular disease to cancer. But it can also have a major effect on your appearance. The chemicals in tobacco can cause wrinkles, and needless to say, yellowed and stained teeth aren’t exactly attractive either.7