Your face is the the first thing that people notice about you,and the easiest to identify you with. So taking care of it is the paramount aim of every image conscious person. Granted, you can never have too much defense against the aging effects of time. But following good skin care tips consistently will help you prolong the signs of aging, keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy as long as possible. Some of these may actually surprise you. Read on!
1. Wash Your Face Regularly.
Excess dirt or even acne can make your skin appear less youthful, especially as you get older. Keeping your skin clean can keep dirt or acne from settling in wrinkles or fine lines and prevent breakouts. Wash with lukewarm water. Water that is too hot can strip your skin of needed oils or cause irritation, which can you’re your skin look older.
2. Do Facial Muscle Exercises.
Stretching and working out your facial muscles can keep blood circulating and fine lines and wrinkles from developing. Repeat these exercises once or twice a day to help your skin be firmer and appear more youthful firmer.
3. Vary Your Facial Expressions.
Whenever you use your facial muscles, it causes a groove to form under your skin. As your skin ages and loses elasticity, it can no longer fill this groove and cause fine lines and wrinkles. Varying your facial gestures may help to keep your facial skin firm longer.
4. Eat A Skin-Friendly Diet.
A nutritionally well-balanced diet can protect your skin and delay aging and loss of elasticity. Consuming face friendly foods like fruits and vegetables may promote more youthful skin. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar, which may slow cell turnover and make your skin appear older.
5. Drink Plenty Of Water.
Hydrated skin from the inside and out is generally fuller and firmer. Drinking enough water or other liquids every day may help keep your skin healthy and looking youthful. Choose water to help keep your skin looking youthful. Non-caffeinated tea and sodas as well as juices are also good choices.
6. Avoid Or Limit Sun Exposure.
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays speeds the natural aging process by breaking down the collagen and elastic fibers that keep your skin firm. Spending too much time in the sun may age your skin more quickly, so avoid or limit how often you are in the sun.
7. Manage Stress.
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin sensitive and prone to problems including aging. Limiting the stress in your life may help your skin stay youthful looking. Step away from stressful situations if possible.
8. Drink Alcohol In Moderation.
Not only for health reasons but for your complexion. Drinking alcohol dilates blood vessels in the skin and increases the blood flow near skin’s surface. Over stressing the liver can show up on the skin as a sallow complexion along with promoting the bad collagen (scar tissue) to build in the skin.
9. Stop Smoking.
Smoking causes a narrowing of the blood vessels in the skin due to the accumulated nicotine and also reduces the collagen and elastic production in the skin causing it to age and sag prematurely. Not only does smoking deplete the body of Vitamin C which is needed for plump and healthy skin, the repeated puckering of the lips can cause early wrinkles around the mouth and lips.
10. Cold Weather Protection.
This is necessary for keeping skin soft and feeling smooth. When temperatures dip into the freezing zone the skin requires special care against chapping and dehydration. Moisturizers are made with as much as 70 percent water which will not be any good on your face in the dead of winter. Protective creams are made with minimal water and maximum emollients so the skin stays well moisturized even on the coldest of days.