There may be no place on the body where we notice aging more than the skin. One of the reasons this may be so is simply that we see our skin on a daily basis. Another reason we believe the skin changes so much with age is that it is exposed to pollution, chemicals, and lifestyle habits. If your skin still has some firmness, perk, and glow, you want to take steps to keep it that way. If your skin is showing signs of degradation, the same steps and then some can turn things around. These steps include:
Protect Your Skin from Unnecessary Exposure
We’ll start exactly where you may be expecting: by encouraging you to wear sunscreen. This tip cannot be suggested enough. UV light in sunshine isn’t just a sunburn and skin cancer risk, it is the kind of light that breaks down collagen when it permeates the epidermis. Just a few hours in the sun, or a few minutes here and there without adequate sunscreen, leads to photodamage and laxity over time. The skin also reacts when exposed to tobacco and alcohol, as well as excessive caffeine, so limit or cut these factors out of your lifestyle if possible.
Offset Degrading Factors with Water
The body is 60+ percent water content. It isn’t a stretch to say we need to replenish our stores as much as possible. Plenty of celebs, including Beyoncé, tout the positive benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day. Not only does this habit (surprisingly) increase physical energy, but it can also make the skin look plumper and more radiant. People who have tried the gallon-a-day water habit often say that they’re told they look more rested.
Think Long Term
Throughout our lifetime, each of us will encounter specific skin care needs. What your skin needs right now is different than what it needed a decade ago and what it will need a decade from now. Fortunately, there are several professional treatments that can keep you ahead of the game in terms of cosmetic aging. And we’re not just talking injectables and plastic surgery. Mild, non-invasive treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing can go a long way in provoking collagen production and cellular debris removal, both of which are vital to aging more gracefully.
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