Best Steps to Maintaining Healthy and Youthful Skin

As we age, our skin can develop fine lines, sun spots, discoloration, or wrinkles that make us look older than we are. The following tips will help you maintain youthful skin and reduce the likelihood of any premature aging.

Protect Your Skin

One of the best ways to prevent your skin from premature aging is to protect your skin from sun and wind damage.

When you expose your skin to the sun, you are also exposing your skin to harmful UV radiation, which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots, as well as increasing your chance of developing skin cancer later in life.

Make sure to apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to any exposed areas when you go outside during a sunny day. If sunscreen isn’t your thing, look for a daily moisturizer that also offers sun protection. That way, you get into the habit of using moisturizer regularly, with the added benefit of protecting your skin from the sun.

Sun damage isn’t the only thing outside that can damage your skin. Wind exposure can also lead to premature aging of the skin. Windy weather can dry out your skin, making you more susceptible to developing fine lines. Protect your skin by applying moisturizer regularly.

If you think your skin is safe because you use a tanning bed instead of spending time in the sun, you’d be wrong. Tanning beds give off the same harmful UV radiation that sun exposure does, and can damage your skin.

If you want that sun-kissed healthy looking glow, but don’t want to damage your skin, opt for a spray-on tan instead.

Don’t Smoke

If you’re worried about your skin giving away your age, one of the easiest things you can do is avoid smoking cigarettes. If you’re already a smoker, quit.

Smoking can damage your skin by reducing oxygen and blood flow, and by inhibiting its ability to produce collagen. Since collagen is what keeps your skin elastic, over time smoking will cause you to end up with more saggy skin than you’d otherwise get.

It’s not just your smoking habits that can harm your skin. If you spend lots of time with people who smoke, you may notice your skin begins to show the signs of premature aging, since exposure to second-hand smoke can also age your skin.

Stay Hydrated

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. But you might not know that whether or not you are getting enough water shows on your skin.

When you are dehydrated, your skin can begin to look dry and flakey. The easiest way to combat this problem is to make sure you drink enough water. Carry a water bottle around and refill it regularly.

Additionally, drink less caffeine. When you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, your body can become dehydrated. This can dry out your skin, and increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making you appear older than you are.

Get Enough Sleep

If you want to protect your skin from the signs of aging, one of the most important things you can do is get enough sleep. Sleep is when your body, including your skin, repairs and rejuvenates. If you are constantly getting less sleep than your body requires, it will start to show on your skin. You will end up with a shallow, waxy complexion, and develop dark bags under your eyes – things that can make you look many years older than you are.

Develop a Skincare Routine

One of the easiest ways to protect your skin from showing the signs of age is to develop a regular skincare routine. It is important to remember to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin regularly

One of the biggest mistakes people make in their skincare routine is not washing their face at night. Although most of us know how important it is to wash your face in the morning, many people don’t realize that cleansing at night is equally important

When you go to bed without cleaning your face, the oil and dirt from the day builds up on your skin, increasing the likelihood of breakouts, or even bacterial infections. Moisturizing regularly can also help you protect your skin from premature aging, becoming dry and flakey, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lastly, it is important to exfoliate your skin regularly as part of your skincare routine. When you exfoliate your skin, you are essentially removing the outer layer, where all of the dead skin and old makeup residue is. As a result, your skin looks brighter, healthier, and more youthful.

Along with all of these steps, you can also turn to cosmetic options, including non-surgical fillers and chemical peels, and surgical approaches such as facelifts and tummy tucks. To find out more about these options, contact Clinique Liposculpture today.

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