Protect your skin
As you age, your skin becomes thinner and drier. It also gets less plump, smooth and elastic, which may cause wrinkles. If you take good care of your skin, it may actually make you look younger. Remember these 3 tips for younger looking skin:
Being exposed to the sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots and other problems. It puts you at risk for skin cancer and related complications. Using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 every day, even on cloudy days, is 1 way to help prevent these common signs of aging.1
Wash your face at night
Remember to clean your face with a cleanser at the end of the day to remove dirt and makeup. Make it part of your nightly routine. Harsh soaps or cleansers may irritate your skin and strip it of its natural oils, so find something gentle.2 Ask your doctor or a dermatologist for recommendations.
After you clean your skin, use a good moisturizer. Like sunscreen, it can help protect your skin from the elements. It can also help you avoid dry skin that may show wrinkles easily. Some moisturizers even have an SPF of 15 or higher. Try 1 of these, and use it as sunscreen as well.
Watch your diet
What you eat can make a big difference in how you look and feel. Think fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products (like milk, yogurt and cheese) and lean proteins (especially fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, nuts and beans).3 Talk with your doctor about your diet and ways to eat healthy. Follow his or her recommendations.
Workouts do more than help you lose weight. Exercise helps flush toxins from your body and skin, giving you a healthy looking glow. It can also improve your posture and muscle tone, which can make you look and feel better.
The term “beauty sleep” exists for a reason. Lack of sleep may not only give you puffy eyes and dark circles under them, but it may also make your skin look dull, dry and lifeless. So definitely try not to skimp on sleep if you want to look and feel your best.
How you feel on the inside may impact how you look on the outside. Stress, anxiety and depression may affect both your emotional and physical health. For example, stress can aggravate skin conditions. It’s even been linked to hair loss.4
To project your best outer self, take good care of your inner self. Try to reduce stress and stress symptoms. Practice relaxation and stress relief techniques like yoga, meditation or even a walk in a park or garden. Talk with your doctor about ways to reduce stress.
Finally, if you smoke, do everything you can to stop. Smoking is not only harmful to your body, but it can make you look much older. That’s because nicotine and other substances in tobacco prevent the proper flow of oxygen and important nutrients to your skin cells, causing wrinkles.5