We all have that period in our lives where our skin was gloriously healthy and youthful.
Maybe it was when you were in your twenties and your skincare routine comprised of washing your face every two days and surviving on a glass of water every now and then. Maybe it was at the end of puberty when your acne finally cleared up.
Unfortunately, this is usually just a phase and what follows is a steady age-driven decline. You will start noticing a few new wrinkles here, some hyperpigmentation there, and a general dullness in your skin.
While aging is, unfortunately, inevitable, there is a lot that you can do to slow the hands of time and ensure that you age as gracefully as possible. Here are 8 tips and tricks that will come in handy.
Through rain or sunshine, wear sunscreen
The sun will age your skin faster than any unhealthy diet or harsh products can. Therefore, if you want to age gracefully, we recommend that you wear sunscreen every day. This means even during winter and rainy days.
The sun may be hiding behind the clouds but UV rays are still all around you.
You can never have too much water
If you want to keep your skin healthy and youthful, you need to drink a lot of water. Target about 2 to 3 liters in a day.
If you have a hard time drinking plain water, spruce things up with things like lemon slices or cucumbers. In addition to helping you drink more water, these ingredients have minerals and vitamins like vitamin C that are great for skin health.
Your skin is the product of what you eat
Your skin is a direct reflection of what is going on inside your body. This includes the quality of what you are feeding your body.
If you want healthy skin, you need to eat healthy. This means increasing the amount of vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats you eat and cutting back on sodium, red meat, and trans fats.
Understand your skin type and needs
The secret to taking good care of your skin is understanding it and its needs. This means understanding what irritates it, your skin type in terms of oiliness or dryness, and getting an idea of how your skin ages.
For the latter, observing and learning from your family could prove invaluable.
Have a skincare routine for every season
It is not just enough to have a skincare routine and to stick to it. You have to tweak it every season as your skincare needs change. Winter and summer in particular are the most important seasons to change your routine for as the extreme weather could set you back a lot.
Take care of your mental health
Skincare is not just about staying hydrated, eating right, and using good products, you have to ensure that you are as happy and as peaceful as you can be. Whether it is taking up yoga or journaling, do whatever you can to get your mental health in check and your skin will thank you for it.
Get enough sleep
When you are young, it is very easy to pull all-nighters working, binge-watching TV, or partying. These years of inadequate sleep will eventually catch up with you and leave you with skin that will age poorly.
So try as much as you can to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Invest in high quality cosmetic products
Find products that are as close to all-natural as possible if you want your skin to stay healthy and beautiful for a long time. The good thing about high quality skincare products is that they don’t always have to be super expensive and IPO Cosmetics is living proof of this.