No matter how many birthdays you’ve had, age is just a number. For many people, what matters most is to feel — and look — their best. Follow these simple tips to help you look great now and help you keep looking your best as you get older.
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 three 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 an SPF of at least 15 everyday, even on cloudy days, is one way to help prevent these common signs of aging.1
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. 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 one of these, and use it as sunscreen as well.
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). Talk with your doctor about your diet and ways to eat healthy. Follow their 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 help improve your posture and muscle tone, which can help 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.2
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.3
This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor.
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