Keep Your Youthful Appearance or Make it Look Better!
Look at what the experts say about reducing wrinkles and removing age spots and tested the old myths for you.
1. Don't overwash. The skin's natural oils protect skin and keep it moist. Washing your face too often strips the skin of these vital oils and can cause dryness and irritation. This may cause your skin to look dull and aged. Staying clean is important, but so is being gentle to your skin.
2. Eat the right produce. Many fruits and vegetables contain antioxidant compounds that are great for your skin.
3. Moisturize. Moisturizing is vital for healthy skin, especially during the fall and winter months. As you grow older, your skin dries out. Moisturizers soften lines and wrinkles and keep skin moist for a healthy glow. Protect against future wrinkles and keep skin hydrated by using a daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher.
4. Feast on fish. Increasing fish in your diet can be great for your skin. Salmon is full of antioxidants and is the all-around best fish to eat for your skin. Try adding tuna on top of a salad or cooking salmon with veggies in a stir-fry or on skewers.
5. Get your beauty sleep. Nighttime is your body's time to mend and renew your skin. Depriving your body of sufficient sleep may also be depriving your skin of the time it needs to repair. The best time for the skin to absorb facial products is at night. To make the most of this time, apply a nighttime skin treatment and sink into bed ready to fight aging.
6. Hydrate. Keep your skin hydrated. Water is a great way to do so. "If your skin is dry, fine lines and roughness develop, and your skin will look older and less radiant."
7. Try a home remedy. To get a healthier glow at home, try using a natural alpha hydroxy acid. "Gently smooth the inside of a lemon, lime or papaya peel over your skin in the evening before going to bed to effectively slough off dead skin cells and reveal fresh, new, radiant cells underneath," Jacknin suggests. "You also can lighten age spots with fresh lemon juice applied twice a day with a cotton swab," she adds.
8. Get out of the sun. Without sun protection, people who spend lots of time outdoors often develop skin that makes them look older than their actual age. Staying out of the sun is ideal, but if you need to be in the sun, sunscreen is a must for preventing skin damage. Jacknin stresses, "The most important habit to develop to prevent wrinkles and age spots is to apply a full-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater to your face and hands every morning, even if you are just driving to work in the car."