With more and more of the nation isolating due to the Corona Virus, we wanted to give you ideas for great at-home skin care tips.
It’s natural to want to hold on to your youth. According to MarketWatch, the anti-aging industry is set to reach $271 billion dollars by the year 2024.
Though eventual aging is unavoidable, it’s possible to delay the effects of aging by increasing the overall health of your skin. Here are the best skin care tips to fight the aging process for as long as possible.
The sun is one of the easiest ways to get vitamin D many Americans lack. Vitamin D works wonders for your bone health helping to prevent fractures and low bone density as you age.
But the sun can also speed up the aging process for women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s when left unchecked. Remember to wear sun protection whenever you are out in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 or higher and wear hats with large brims while at the beach. Some lotions include sunscreen making it easier to get daily sun protection on your skin and reverse the effects of aging.
Tanning prematurely ages the skin by causing damage to its elastin and collagen. Use a self-tanner instead of overexposing your skin to prolonged periods of sunlight.
Self-tanners are sprays, gels, creams, lotions, and wipes that darken the skin without the use of the UV rays. Both indoor and outdoor tanning should be avoided to protect skin health.
Tanning beds work through UV radiation making them very harmful to the skin over time. If you’re in your 30s, you might not recognize the harmful effects of tanning beds right away.
But, upon entering your 40s and 50s, when your body is less likely to restore collagen, you’ll notice more damage in the form of tough, leathery skin and sun spots.
Overexposure to sunlight allows the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays to penetrate the inner layers of the skin. When the penetration is too much for the epidermis, you experience sunburn.
A few signs of sunburn include:
- Hot, painful skin
When the skin gets burned, it is a sign of damage to skin cells.
Smoking is harmful to the skin because it creates wrinkles by breaking down collagen. When you smoke, you constrict blood vessels needed to carry oxygen and nutrients to your skin.
In addition to speeding up the aging process, smoking can also cause nails and fingertips to turn a faint shade of yellow. Quitting might take time, but the overall health benefits of reducing the chances of lung cancer and prolonging the presence of wrinkles are worth the effort.
Studies show that retinoic acid can reverse the impact of sun damage by removing fine wrinkles in the skin. Retinoids are available as a prescription face medication from your dermatologist.
Common retinoids include Retin-A, Renova and Tazorac. These topical skin creams work to keep the skin looking younger longer.
There are prescription-free options available called retinols but they don’t have the same strength level as retinoids. Consult with a doctor before using during pregnancy.
Most women can begin using retinoids in their early twenties if they aren’t planning to become pregnant. Beginning with retinols is a great way to begin the anti-aging process as soon as possible with the need for a prescription.
This is one of the best skin care tips for people in their twenties and thirties who have experienced a lot of sun damage.
Increase Your Collagen Intake
Collagen supplements can improve the health of the skin by restoring hydration in skin cells and improving its elasticity. As you age, your body breaks down collagen faster than you can replace it.
Taking collagen supplements can help you restore the weight of the skin providing the thickness necessary to keep it plump and healthy. Collagen makes up around 75 percent of the dry weight of the skin.
According to WebMD, we lose only 1 percent of collagen each year of our twenties and as much as 30 percent during the first five years of menopause. Collagen can be taken as a supplement or found in certain foods like bone broth and pork skin.
Collagen is important to maintaining good bone health, easing the symptoms of arthritis and promoting wounds to heal.
Balance Your Diet
Tracking all the vitamins and nutrients necessary to preventing aging in the skin can be challenging. One of the simplest ways to keep your skin looking youthful is to eat a balanced diet every day.
Studies show that a diet of fruits and vegetables, collagen-rich foods, and lean meats can help reverse the effects of aging. Avoid foods and beverages that lead to dehydration and inflammation in the body.
For example, doughnuts, junk food, and other refined carbohydrates are damaging to your skin’s collagen. Fatty meats are also best to avoid when looking trying out an anti-aging diet.
Ground beef should be at least 95 percent lean. Ground turkey or chicken are both leaner alternatives to red meat.
Examples of collagen-rich, hydrating foods include:
- Salmon (Skin-On)
- Bone Broth
- Citrus fruits
These foods offer all the right ingredients to help your body maintain beautiful looking skin including whole grains, vitamin C, lycopene and amino acids.
Limit Alcohol Intake
Heavy drinking can speed up the effects of aging on the skin. When you drink alcohol faster than your liver can process it, the body can easily become dehydrated which affects your skin.
Your blood vessels also become dilated when you drink alcohol which can lead to rosacea, a skin condition that results in redness and pimples. Studies show that drinking white wine and liquor increase your risk of developing rosacea.