As you age, your skin shows it. Gravity takes its toll, and collagen begins to deteriorate. The firm, elastic skin of your youth begins to show every hour that you spent in the sun. Taking care of your skin can be confusing. Some tout the benefits of a multi-step system that takes up more counter space than it seems to help eliminate your laugh lines. Others insist that gently washing with water and a washcloth will help you maintain your natural beauty.
What’s a girl to do? Well, I’ll tell you:
1. Eliminate toxins. The chemicals, pollution and other toxins that build up on your skin during the day can damage your skin, causing DNA damage and dark spots. Don’t skimp on washing your face before you go to bed.
2. Wear sunglasses. The area around your eyes is delicate, and if you’re squinting and subjecting it to UV rays, it’s more likely to transform into crow’s feet. Sunglasses that provide UV protection will help you stop squinting and will also protect the area from sun damage.
3. Invest in sun protective clothing. Even if you’re not outside all day, the UV rays that come through the glass window of your car, sunroom or office can cause damage that leads to signs of aging. Wearing sun protective clothing indoors and out all year long can help prevent UV damage and keep your skin looking young in the long run.
4. Get in your antioxidants. Whether you’re eating them or putting them directly on the skin, antioxidants can help prevent your skin from showing signs of aging. Swapping coffee for green tea or adding a berry smoothie to your morning regimen can help boost your antioxidant intake. Beauty products that contain antioxidants can also help save your skin.
5. Drink enough water. When you feel dehydrated, so does your skin. Dry, parched skin looks dry and parched. Hydrate from the inside out. How much water do you need a day? Experts vary, but the Mayo Clinic suggests that women drink 2.2 liters a day. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Instead of worrying so much about the products you put on your face, transform your skin through a combination of internal and external care practices that focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Wash off toxins, wear sunglasses and sun protective clothing to prevent sun damage, remember your antioxidants and stay hydrated to keep your skin looking younger longer.