Five Tips to Fight Aging from the Inside Out
Did you know that your nutrition and lifestyle play a huge part in the visible aging process? If your body doesn't get the care it needs, it will quickly tell the world by forming new wrinkles and creases. Factors such as nutrition, sleep habits, exercise, and your daily beauty routine all play an important role in your appearance.
By taking a hands on approach to managing the health of your skin, you can stay looking years younger than your peers. Here are a few of my favorite anti-aging tips for maintaining flawless skin!
How to Slow Down the Signs of Aging
What can you do to gently turn back the hands of time?
Take a Whole Body Approach to Beauty - A whole-body anti-aging regimen is a good place to start. First, make sure you're getting good nutrition and plenty of hydration. I know you've heard it plenty of times before but water is one of the most important ingredients in maintaining a healthy, youthful appearance. Vitamins A, C, and E also help to promote smooth, bright, and healthy looking skin. Try to get these nutrients in their natural forms through the foods you eat. If your nutrition falls short, supplements are helpful as well.
Hydration is Key - Hydration is vital not only to your skin but to your overall health as well. To keep your face supple and clear, drink at least eight glasses of water each day. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you'll need to drink even more to replace the fluids your body loses through perspiration and evaporation. Proper hydration needs to take place from both sides of your skin. In addition to making sure you are drinking enough water, regularly using a high quality anti-aging moisturizer is a must. This will help keep the cells at the surface from drying out and will seal in valuable moisture from the outside.
Sunscreen Protection - Speaking of the outdoors, never leave home without your sunscreen! The sun's ultraviolet rays are a primary source of skin damage, discoloration and premature aging. Look for a sunscreen that has cocoa butter or some other moisturizer. Strength matters too; sunscreens with an SPF of 35 and higher offer the best sun protection. Remember to continue to use a high quality sunscreen even in the colder winter months as damage can occur at any time of the year, even when it's cold outside.
Lifestyle - Certain lifestyle habits can take a toll on your complexion. Smoking constricts blood vessels, preventing oxygen and nutrients from reaching our skin. Without its ability to rejuvenate, skin starts to look haggard and the aging process accelerates. Facial wrinkles develop in smokers at a younger age than the rest of the population.
Excessive alcohol consumption is another cause of wrinkles. And while an active lifestyle is healthy, a stressful life will soon show itself in the form of worry and frown lines and deep forehead wrinkles. An effective anti-wrinkle cream can play an important role in reversing wrinkles and help to take years off of your appearance. A few of my favorites include Adonia StemuLift, Athena 7 Minute Lift, Olay Total Effects Night Firming Cream, and Olay Regenerist.
Getting Enough Sleep - Beauty sleep is no myth. An ample amount of rest can really do wonders to reverse the signs of aging. Be sure to get 8-10 hours of sleep every night. I know this is a challenge when you keep a busy schedule and have a family but if you make an effort to get an adequate amount of sleep on a regular basis, you will quickly find that you are far more productive during your waking hours.
Skin regenerates itself as you sleep so it is important to allow enough of this valuable recovery to take place. Also, beauty creams designed for night use work best when they sit on top of the skin for several hours and get a chance to revitalize you skin. Use them overnight for a glowing complexion in the morning.
Recommended Anti-Aging Skin Care Products
Finally, no beauty routine is complete without a well thought out collection of anti-aging cosmetics. To make the most of your regimen, choose anti-aging products with natural ingredients when possible. Chemical additives such as paraben preservatives and petroleum-based ingredients are potentially harmful and can have unknown side effects. The key point to remember is you only want to use skin care products that can help your skin. Here's what you need:
- A Good Cleanser - Wash your face with a gentle cleanser formulated for your skin type.
- An Exfoliating Scrub – In order to keep up your healthy glow, you need to gently remove impurities such as dirt, leftover makeup, and the layer of dead cells from the surface of your skin regularly.
- A Mild Toner – An effective toner will help to remove excess oil from the skin and prevent blemishes from forming. Your toner will also help to balance your skin and get rid of any remaining makeup or flaky areas that could dull your complexion.
- A Hydrating Moisturizer - Massage a daytime anti wrinkle cream or wrinkle firming moisturizer into your skin. Be sure to moisturize at least once every day to stay soft and wrinkle free.
- Gentle Makeup - Once the cream absorbs, top it off with cosmetics designed to deflect light and minimize wrinkles. I recommend mineral based makeup products such as Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals) as they look very natural and work very well for people like myself who have sensitive skin.
Together with healthy lifestyle choices, this simple routine will keep you looking your best.
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