One of the most disturbing aspects of getting older, whether you’re moving from your 20s to your 30s, or from your 50s to your 60s, is watching your skin age. Growing older gracefully doesn’t mean you have to embrace the wrinkles, love the lines, or delight in the dark circles. While there are a number of ways to keep your skin looking younger longer, these three essential factors have a huge impact on the tone, color, and elasticity of your skin, no matter your age – or age you’re pretending to be – wink, wink.
- Shake Your Booty
Exercise is vital for younger looking skin. It increases the blood flow to the cells in your body, including to your skin cells. This extra blood flow nourishes your skin cells and efficiently carries away waste products, like free radicals. Exercise also eases stress, which exacerbates some skin conditions and reduces overall good health. The best exercise for skin is a combination of resistance training and cardio. Try three sets of weight bearing exercises followed by 3 minutes of intense cardio, repeated four times.
Stay hydrated while you exercise, and wear sunscreen if your workout takes you outside.
- Feed Your Skin
Your skin is deeply affected by the food you put in your body. A balanced diet of mostly whole-food (think veggies and grains, not processed snacks) is critical for healthy skin. Low-fat dairy helps to provide the Vitamin A your skin needs, while berries contain antioxidants and phytochemicals to protect your skin’s cells from free radicals. Walnuts and salmon contain high levels of fatty acids that ensure healthy skin cell membranes that will hold water for plumper looking skin. Tuna fish and whole wheat breads contain selenium, which reduces oxidative damage and helps protect against skin cancer. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant with serious anti-inflammatory properties that can help curb breakouts and improve your overall skin health. Water, of course, is essential for hydration and for flushing toxins from your skin’s cells.
- Pamper Your Face
A solid skin care routine will go a long way toward keeping your skin looking younger. Remove your makeup and gently cleanse and moisturize your face every night. Put on a moisturizing sunscreen each morning, and exfoliate a few times a week. Anti-aging creams and serums work wonders, so make sure you apply one or two packed with powerful peptides. Perhaps most importantly, make sure you get plenty of sleep as part of your beauty routine. Sleep helps prevent wrinkles, puffy eyes, and dark circles, and it improves overall cell health.