There are a lot of things in life that can’t be controlled at all. Fortunately, the appearance of skin aging is not one of them. Some internal factors are difficult to control, like genetics.
However, it’s possible to monitor a lot of the external factors that cause you to look older. If you follow these aging prevention techniques every day, you’ll be well on your way to knocking years off your appearance.
Four Tried and True Tips:
1. Be sun smart.
Some scientists claim that ultraviolet light from the sun contributes to roughly 90 percent of premature aging. Anyone who tans regularly throughout their teens and 20’s has a much greater chance of developing early wrinkles and sagging skin. Avoid these symptoms by wearing sunscreen every day, popping on a hat when possible, and skipping tanning beds. If you want a golden glow, use self-tanner. Self-tanners have come a long way in the past few years, and many offer realistic results with a minimal chemical smell.
2. Stomp out smoking habits.
Not only does smoking cause yellow teeth and gum disease, which can make you appear older, it also rapidly accelerates the aging of your skin. The chemicals in cigarettes restrict blood vessels, which makes it difficult for nutrients and oxygen to reach the skin. Smoking also increases how quickly your body breaks down collagen, a substance vital for skin elasticity. Even the physical act of smoking contributes to an aged appearance; puckering your mouth to inhale cigarettes can lead to deep lines around your lips.
3. Eat well.
A diet of fast food does more than cause you to pack on the pounds. It also means you’re not taking in the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, which can speed up skin aging. On the contrary, diets high in omega-3 and rich in antioxidants help your skin look great by keeping it ready to combat damage to cells caused by free radicals, which is a kind of damage linked to signs of aging.
4. Stick to a gentle cleansing routine.
Harsh skincare products can really damage your skin. Sometimes, tough treatment is necessary, but it can burst capillaries and strip skin of much-needed oils if you’re not careful. Most of the time, gentle skin treatment that’s performed consistently yields the best long-term results. Keep your skin clean and moisturized, and be sure to take off all makeup before you go to bed. In particular, leftover eye makeup can add years to your eyes if it’s not taken off regularly because the skin around your eyes is very delicate.
Though there are certainly internal factors involved in aging that are beyond our reach, many important external causes are well within our control. All it takes is a few preventative steps each day. With a bit of prevention, you can have youthful-looking skin for years to come.
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