As we reach our late 30s, signs of aging will start to show on our face. While the process is inevitable, there are many ways to slow it down. It is important to establish a beauty routine, or rather, a new life style, to help make your skin healthy and radiant. Here are some of the basic steps recommended by experts to help you achieve younger-looking skin.
Wash Your Face At Night
Because oil production drops with hormonal changes in your 40s, washing your face twice can make your facial skin really dry and in turn make wrinkles more prominent. To avoid moisture loss, refresh your face in the morning by splashing with lukewarm water. The most important time to wash your face is before bedtime, because makeup, dirt and grime built up during the day, if left on the face overnight, can clog pores and irritate the skin. Before going to sleep, wash your face thoroughly. Remove makeup with a natural oil-based makeup remover and clear the top layer of grime with a gentle face cleanser.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
It is important to note that sun damage can happen at any time of the year. It is crucial to wear sunscreen every day if you want to have or maintain younger-looking skin. After applying your skincare product, be sure to use a natural sunscreen formulated with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (as these are safe to the skin) to prevent skin damage from ultra-violet rays (UVA and UVB).
Use Face Cream With Retinol
A Retinol (a Vitamin A derivatives) based cream can help skin cells produce collagen to reduce fine lines and brighten complexions. However, it is crucial to use sparingly to reduce the chances of redness and peeling. It is suggested to start using a small amount of Retinol-formulated cream twice a week and then increase to everyday usage.
Eat Food Rich In Omega 3s
Foods containing Omega 3s (such as salmon, almonds, flaxseeds) can help improve hydration to make the skin firm and supple. Beware of food with saturated fats (such as meats) which will increase the rate of oxidation that causes aging. It is advised to limit your saturated food intake to less than 17 grams daily.
Emotional fluctuations can age your skin faster and make it at least 5 year older than your real age. If you are constantly under stress, the respective hormone will trigger inflammation which will in turn cause collagen break down. To reduce inflammation, eat foods that are rich in antioxidants such as berries. Be conscious of your emotions, and when you are feeling stressed, take a few minutes of deep breathing to help lessen the harm done to your body.
This is obvious but many women are not motivated to exercise. Here is the reason why exercising is important to healthy and younger-looking skin. When you are working out, your skin is infused with oxygen and nutrients that are necessary for the production of collagen. Exercise also helps to keep your skin toned.
In order to gain great looking skin, it is crucial to be consistent and stick with the right routine. You will see that it will pay off over time.