Some women never seem to age. Whether it’s your own great-aunt or a supermodel like Cyndi Crawford, you’ve seen them, and you’ve probably wondered what their secret is. Well, aside from having great genetics, there are a few not-so-tough steps that you can carry out to keep your skin youthful and glowing for years to come - not matter what your age!
First and foremost, moisturize. Fine lines and wrinkles form as the skin dries out and loses its elasticity, so drench your skin in moisture to keep it firm and pretty. Drink lots of water (at least 64 ounces a day), use a lightweight daytime moisturizer – maybe with a hint of tint, to do two jobs in one – and apply a thicker, creamier nighttime formula, and you should be covered at all times.
Secondly, make sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, to protect you’re your skin from sun damage. While sunning and tanning may seem harmless enough, overexposure can lead to unwanted freckling, discoloration, wrinkling, and moles – which can be a sign of even deeper problems. Fairer-skinned ladies who burn easily may want to layer a sunscreen on top of their usual moisturizer, but tan-, olive-, and brown-skinned chicas can simply invest in a moisturizer with sunscreen included. (And yes, women of all skin tones should wear sunblock.)
Moisturizing also means avoiding drying products as much as you can. Treat acne with products that contain clay as opposed to alcohol; clay contains minerals which naturally draw out impurities and help manage oily skin without dehydrating it completely.
Prior to moisturizing, though, you must keep skin clean and clear of dead, excess cells. Wash your face, neck, and décolleté with a pH-balanced cleanser one to two times a day, and make sure to exfoliate each week with a gentle, yet effective, scrub. Try all-natural facial scrubs like baking soda or brown sugar, which don’t scrape away the healthy skin with sharp particles.
Another good idea is to not smoke or to kick the habit. Smoking coats the skin itself in drying, destructive chemicals, but it also leads to varicose veins, discolored lips, and wrinkles around the mouth (not to mention plenty of other health problems). So give it up, or don’t start!
And, finally, nourish your skin from the inside out. Add more vitamins and minerals to your diet to keep skin healthy and vibrant. Fruits and vegetables high in Vitamins A, E, and C, as well as beta carotene are great for skin and help foster healthy skin-cell growth and elasticity.
Take care of yourselves,