Well Being

How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young

Everything You Need to do To Keep Your Skin Young! 

Aging is a natural process and your skin is one of the primary areas of your body that begin to display obvious signs of age-related deterioration and damage. In addition to aging, there are a number of other both external and internal factors as well that can not only cause irreversible damage to your skin but also leave it dull and lifeless. Some of the common causes of wrinkly and sagging skin include pollution, prolonged exposure to sun, inadequate nutrition, intake of certain medications, smoking, consumption of alcohol and so on.

Studies indicate that a natural protein (produced within the human body) called collagen is typically associated with providing support to the skin tissues, pulling them taut and offering a smooth, firm and supple texture to the skin. That being said, the one most basic approach to fighting age-related damage and restoring your skin’s youthful radiance is preserving your body’s collagen preserves and stimulating its production within your skin cells. Here is a list of a few other smart ways of ensuring that your skin continues to look younger and vibrant even when you have bid adieu to your twenties!

 

Cleanse your skin before going to sleep

One of the most common and often overlooked mistakes that most women make in their youth is ignoring the importance of cleansing their face right before they hit the sack. Any makeup, bacteria, and dirt accumulated on your face when left overnight can not only clog your pores and cause breakouts but also go on to trigger an unsightly bacterial infection and inflammation. Most dermatologists recommend washing your face with a gentle cleansing foam or face wash and cold water to clear off all the harmful grime from your skin before going to sleep. Doing this will ensure that your skin stays fresh and supple when you wake up the next morning.

Add Vitamin C to your diet

Vitamin C has been found to be associated with linking the building blocks (amino acids) of proteins and creating collagen within the human body. That being said, it is absolutely critical to include more Vitamin C in your everyday diet to replenish your body’s depleted reserves and keep your skin naturally healthy and radiant from within. Foods such as oranges, lemons, kiwi, tomatoes, sprouts broccoli, and red pepper are naturally rich in Vitamin C content and must be included in some form in your everyday meals. Studies indicate that women who consume generous portions of Vitamin C in their youth are less likely to develop wrinkles and fine lines in their forties.

Quit smoking

While most people are well aware of the dangerous side effects of smoking, few really deem the information pertinent enough to go ahead and actually quit the awful habit. Prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke can typically lead to premature aging of your skin and early appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. An enzyme known as the MMP or matrix metalloproteinase often linked with damaging the connective protein collagen in your skin tissues is produced in the human body as a direct result of smoking cigarettes. As a result of which, the skin loses its elasticity and sags, making heavy smokers typically look older for their years.

 

Ensure sun protection

While most people tend to ignore it, the importance of protecting your skin from sun damage cannot be emphasized enough. Prolonged exposure to the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun can not only cause major irreversible damage to your skin’s collagen reserves but also lead to skin cancer in the extreme cases! Dermatologists world-over recommend usage of SPF fortified broad-spectrum sunscreen lotions and creams to shield the skin from the absorption of UVA and UVB rays within the tissue and minimize the risk of sun damage. Also, regardless of whether it is the sweltering summer months or the cloudy winter season, it is absolutely critical to apply generous amounts of a good quality sunscreen product before you step out of the house.

Exfoliate!

Another important component of a healthy and effective skincare regime is exfoliating your skin once every week to get rid of the uppermost layer of dead skin cells, consequently speeding up the process of collagen production within the tissues. You can go for both natural and artificial exfoliation scrubs and creams to unclog your pores and allow your skin to breathe naturally. Apart from the natural exfoliating agents such as brown sugar, honey, and baking soda, you can also try your hands on chemical scrubs comprising of lactic acid and glycolic acid for a deeper cleansing of your skin tissues. Exfoliating your skin on a weekly basis will not only keep breakouts and acne at bay but also leave your skin looking fresh and radiant for days.

Most importantly, you must ensure to keep your skin healthy and hydrated from within by drinking lots of and lots of water and other fluids on a daily basis. Water plays a critical role in not only protecting your skin against acute dryness and breakage but also keeps it looking soft and supple from within!

 

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