Everyone wants fresh, young-looking skin and many people are prepared to go under the knife or use strong chemicals on their face in order to achieve this goal. But thankfully there are other ways – you can get younger looking skin naturally, without harmful additives, when you make some simple changes to your skincare routine, diet, and lifestyle.
What can you do to get younger looking skin the natural way? Collagen in the skin affects how young the skin looks as it governs skin elasticity and the growth of new skin cells. As we get older there is naturally less collagen in your skin, which begins to affect how young you look. But there are ways to boost collagen production and help the skin from within. From how you wash your face to what you eat for breakfast, small changes can have a big impact on the look of your skin and its health. If you want clear skin, glowing skin, and young skin, take a look at these tips.
1) Wash Your Face Every Night
If you do one thing for younger looking skin, it should be this simple thing – wash your face before bedtime. Your skin may feel or look clean but the minute particles of grime and makeup can clog pores and result in breakouts and irritated skin. Once you remove the layer of dirt and grime you also allow anti-aging products to more effectively penetrate the skin. Make sure that you wash with a gentle, soap-free facial wash because as you get older your skin gets drier, and dry skin tends to look older.
2) Eat Some Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help to protect your skin from damage and make it look younger and more elastic. But the dark chocolate you eat shouldn’t have any added sugar and you certainly shouldn’t confuse high quality dark chocolate with poor quality candy. You can add pure cacao powder to smoothies if you want an antioxidant hit for your skin, or eat a few squares of dark chocolate that is high in cacao. You can even make a face mask with cacao and honey to nourish your skin.
3) Develop an Obsession with UV Protection
Whatever your age, and preferably the younger the better, it is never too late to apply sun protection to your skin every day. You need to wear UV protection on the skin, preferably SPF 30, every day in order to protect against the rays that damage the skin and cause wrinkles and premature aging. Even if you do not live in a particularly warm climate, the sun’s rays can still cause skin damage all year round.
4) Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating the skin with a mild exfoliating cream or lotion helps to speed up the natural turnover of skin cells. This in turn helps the skin to look fresher and younger. Exfoliating removes the top layer of skin cells. Use a natural exfoliator for results without chemicals on the skin, which is a great way to exfoliate when you have sensitive skin.
5) Cut the Stress
Nothing ages your body, and your skin, more than stress. When you are stressed and anxious you tend to look years older. When you suffer from constant stress your body produces too much cortisol, which affects collagen production and can lead to skin irritation, lack of skin elasticity, and acne. While you will not be able to avoid stress completely, it will help your skin if you learn how to manage it with relaxation techniques or other processes.
6) Get a Vitamin C Boost
Fresh lemon juice is ideal for getting your skin looking its best, whether you drink it with water or you use it direct on the face. Vitamin C helps to combat the dangers of free radicals, which can cause premature skin ageing. Applying lemon juice directly to the skin helps lighten skin discoloration and eases wrinkles.
7) Get Enough Rest
It is vitally important that you get enough quality rest for younger looking skin. Sleep helps your body and your skin renew itself night after night, resulting in fresher skin, and fewer dark circles and wrinkles. If you are not getting enough sleep, boost your sleep and see the difference on your skin.
8) Try Oatmeal on Your Face
Oats are ideal for protecting the skin from the effects of pollution. Use oatmeal in a natural face mask with olive oil or water and apply to the skin to help prevent skin dryness and irritation.
9) Boost Your Omega-3 Intake
The good fats in oily fish like salmon, as well as in oils and seeds like flaxseed, help to boost hydration and keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant. Make sure that you include omega 3s in your diet for overall health as well as for younger looking skin.