As we age, our skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic. For healthy skin, we need proteins like collagen and elastin. But their natural production reduces with increasing age.
The outer layer of the skin is produced and replaced cyclically. The newly generated cells, when exposed to the environment, tend to harden, slowly become dead cells, and then, the skin sheds them automatically. By this time, a fresh layer of skin cells emerges on the top surface. In young adults, the duration of this cycle is around 28 days. Thus the youth have healthy, glowing, and taut skin. The replacement period could increase up to 90 days after fifty years. It leads to the accumulation of dead cells. The outer surface loses its structure and becomes thin. It leads to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. But with advancements in skin care, aging is not inevitable. With the right combination of skincare products, a healthy diet, exercise, and stress-free life, one can look as young as one feels. So, here are our top 7 tips to flaunt your healthy skin:
#1 Include antioxidants in your diet:
Antioxidants and anti-aging go hand-in-hand. Antioxidants protect your cells from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced in our body as a reaction to inflammation, wounds, and exposure to pollution, UV rays, and cigarette smoke. These free radicals could speed up the aging process. They break down the elastic fibers of the skin and cause sagging and wrinkle formation. They can even change the DNA of cells and lead to cancer. Antioxidants can neutralize the free radicals and thus prevent the damages caused by free radicals. Vegetables, fruits like berries, oranges, nuts, green tea, and dark chocolates are a rich source of antioxidants. Nowadays, you can apply antioxidants topically also.
#2 Use skincare products with medicinal properties:
One should not go for cheap, off-the-counter products for skincare and makeup. One should have serums with active ingredients such as retinol peptides, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and ferulic acid. These act as antioxidizing agents and prevent radical damage, collagen breakdown, and aid in cell structure formation. Also, hyaluronic acid is an excellent moisturizer, and glycolic acid is for exfoliating the skin. Tretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative, is a superb collagen booster, and it should be an ingredient of your daily creams.
#3 Take a beauty sip:
We have all heard of magic potions in fairy tales. But with advancements in nutricosmetics, they are already a reality. One can have direct collagen shots drink or add collagen to the coffee or beer. Even moisturizers come in drinkable form. These are directly absorbed in the bloodstream and then delivered to skin layers via blood. So, these are more effective and long-lasting when compared to topical creams. At the same time, the beauty drinks are not a quick fix to your aging problems. One should have a proper diet and follow a skincare regime.
#4 Don’t squint: use reading glasses:
As we age, our eyesight becomes poor. It is especially true when we keep looking at some screen or the other in the digital era. We have laptops and cellphones for work, entertainment, and everything. When you cannot read with ease, you tend to squint a little unknowingly. But squinting in the long term causes wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. It is tough to hide them with concealers.
#5 Hydrate your skin:
Dehydration causes the skin to appear thin, dull, and old. Without enough water, your skin can crack easily. Fine lines and wrinkles are more common. One should drink lots of water, have fresh juicy fruits, and use humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. These attract water molecules from the environment. Food items with omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for treating dry skin. A few examples are fish oil, flax seeds, pumpkin, soybeans, and walnuts. At the same time, one should remember that washing the face does not help with hydration. Over-washing can rip off the moisture content and cause dryness and inflammation. So, you might end up accelerating aging in the name of cleansing. Thus, one can stick to a twice-a-day rule for washing the face.
#6 Avoid excessive sun exposure:
Sunlight aids in the production of vitamin D. We need it for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. These are essential for the formation and strengthening of our bones. But too much sunlight could be damaging to our skin. It not only causes tanning and burning but also leads to the production of free radicals. These free radicals are the number one reason for wrinkles and skin damage. So, one should wear hats and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes. One should apply sunscreen lotions regularly. Ten to thirty minutes of sunlight exposure, thrice a week, is sufficient for vitamin D formation.
#7 Go for gentle massages:
Fascial massages stimulate the circulation of blood towards the skin and help in skin growth. It increases the amount of collagen and elastin. With massages, one can reduce puffiness, wrinkles, and fine lines. The skin looks taut and radiant. One should be careful and should not rub the skin harshly. These cause unnecessary burning and redness, whereas gentle massaging keeps the facial muscles toned and in good shape.
To look your best at the age of 50 and beyond, you need to follow a regular skincare routine. Cleansing, moisturizing, and toning of the skin should be done daily. One can go for exfoliation once a week. Good quality night serums and eye creams can do the magic. One can go for home remedies too. They are natural and don’t have any side effects. Leading a stress-free life is crucial for glowing skin. Under stress, we breathe less, and the oxygen supply is less. It affects blood circulation. So, stop struggling, fighting, or resisting unnecessarily. Yoga and exercise could be the best stress-buster. To look youthful, take time for yourself and be happy.
This guest post was graciously contributed by Content Marketing Executive, Emma Willson.