Want your skin to stay younger for longer? Then you’re going to need to put some time, effort, and money into caring for it. Your skin does a lot for you, both practically and aesthetically — don’t let it down through inadequate attention! These five tips should get you started.
1. Stay hydrated
You’d be amazed how much of your skin health comes down to drinking enough water — just watch the bags under your eyes melt away when you drink enough, and you’ll begin to understand the impact effective hydration has on your skin as a whole. You can kick-start the process of getting your skin hydrated with various facial treatments, but drinking plenty of water is going to be important either way.
2. Get the right minerals
Water only makes up half of the equation for basic skin health, however. A well-balanced diet that hits all your nutritional goals is important to skin health — and adding in moisturizers with the right blend of vitamins and minerals helps, too.
3. Quit smoking
The impacts of smoking on your skin are nearly as bad as the effects of constant sun without sunscreen — as you get older, people will be able to tell at a glance whether you’re a smoker, just by looking at the way your skin looks. This isn’t just because of the overall health problems caused by smoking, but comes down to the impact smoking has on your blood vessels — the same vessels that keep your skin fuelled and healthy.
There are a few approaches to exfoliation you’ll want to know about and use as part of a thorough skin care regimen. First and most commonly, you have your day to day exfoliation you do at home. You may also want to invest in professional exfoliation treatments, such as chemical peels or CO2 fractional laser treatments. You should also consider micro-needling from time to time, to exfoliate and encourage the natural production of collagen.
5. Protect your skin
There are a lot of environmental hazards that can accelerate the aging of your skin, too. The obvious one we all know about is the sun and its harsh UV rays, but fortunately, proper application of sunscreen can massively reduce the threat posed there. Polluted air and dry air also offer unique threats to your skin, so make sure you’re careful about what you expose yourself to!