We all get older—but that doesn’t mean we need to look our age, or resign ourselves to prematurely wrinkled or unhealthy skin. There are steps you can take now to make sure your skin ages with grace. Start now with these five ways to prevent premature skin aging and keep you looking younger longer.
1. Wear Sunscreen
Nothing will age the skin on your face faster than too much sun exposure. Protect your skin from damaging UV rays not just when you’re headed to the beach, but on a daily basis. Get in the habit of applying sunscreen as part of your daily skin care routine. Or, to make it easier, purchase a moisturizer or foundation that has UV protection built in. Just be sure to pick a waterproof variety, or reapply as the day goes on.
2. Wear a Hat and Sunglasses
Along with your sunscreen, come armed for a sunny day with a brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect the sensitive skin of your face from the sun. Sunglasses serve the double purpose of making you look great, protecting your eyes, and making it so you don’t have to squint to see in the sunshine—which will help prevent premature wrinkles around your eyes.
3. Use Gentle Face Cleansers
Wash your face regularly, but do it gently. Scrubbing your skin too hard can irritate and injure it. Keep a healthy glow for years to come by gently washing to remove makeup, sweat, and air pollutants from your skin. Choose a gentle cleanser from a reputable brand, and apply it morning and night. You might choose an anti-aging cleanser to give your skin an extra boost in fighting premature aging.
4. Moisturize Daily
The key to healthy, young-looking skin is hydration. Skin that is well-hydrated has a look of health and youth, while dry skin can be discolored, flaky, and uncomfortable. Your first line of defense against dry skin is applying a daily moisturizer, morning and night, to coat your skin with healing and hydrating formulas. A high-end brand such as Nu Skin (or NuSkin) with fewer chemicals will ensure that your skin will benefit quickly from the hydration and look and feel great.
5. Don’t Smoke
Cigarette smoke breaks down collagen, a protein that keeps your skin youthful, and constricts the blood vessels, making it harder for blood to carry nutrients to your skin. This leads to prematurely wrinkled skin. If you smoke, the motivation of avoiding wrinkles may be the last push you need to give up the habit for good.
Follow these tips now, especially while your skin is still young and smooth, and you’ll give yourself a great shot of preventing premature wrinkles and keep your skin healthy as you age.