Make Your Skin Look Younger, Healthier, and Wrinkle-Free
From Dorian Gray to the Fountain of Youth, people have been trying to look younger for centuries. People will (and have) gone to great lengths in pursuit of youthful beauty – spending thousands of dollars on products and even going under the knife. There are lots of healthy, natural, and relatively easy ways to keep your skin young and healthy without having to spend tons of money. It’s easy to make a few lifestyle changes and enjoy the benefit of beautiful skin.
As with pretty much anything, it’s essential to be using the right products for your skin.
When looking for skin creams and treatments, it’s best to start by looking at the label. Products containing antioxidants such as Vitamins A and C will work against the onset or wrinkles. Try COUI’s Natural Vitamin C Serum, which contains oils and vitamins that are beneficial to proper moisture levels and youthfulness. Retinoid creams with Vitamin A will increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, and are important for fighting against aging.
The regular use of an alpha hydroxy acid exfoliator is also highly beneficial in removing the top layer of dead skin. Alpha hydroxy acid is a powerful chemical found in many lotions and creams which has the power to prevent age spots, dryness, wrinkling, and even acne. It’s better to avoid using these products on the thin skin near the eyes, as it can cause some mild irritation.
It may seem simple, but it’s important to remember to wash your face well every single day.
Try to find a cleanser with a neutral pH – your facial skin’s natural pH is 5, and it’s important to keep this in balance. If your skin is oily, choose a product labeled “oil-free.” If it’s more dry, go for a glycerin or oil-based one, like COUI’s Nourishing Cleansing Oil, which is free of fillers, alcohol, and harsh chemical agents.
Make sure to use gentle pressure rather than rubbing the cleaner into your skin, as you can irritate it and encourage wrinkling. Always rinse with lukewarm water – hot water can dry out your skin and strip it of its essential oils. Make sure you don’t overdo it though; a lot of exposure to water and soaps can be very drying, so twice a day at most is recommended.
To prevent aging early on, make using a moisturizer a part of your daily routine.
You should be using one for your body and your face – preferably separate ones. COUI’s Phytemanteau Day Cream is a great facial moisturizer with Vitamin E and beta-carotene. Collagen is essential for anti-aging: the most abundant protein in the human body and in the skin, collagen increases skin elasticity and moisture content, both of which decrease with age.
COUI’s Super C Serum is a true anti-aging innovation: this serum is rich in collagen-boosting agents and Vitamin C, which are essential in maintain a youthful glow and supple, smooth skin. Additionally, look for a cream or serum that boosts elastin, and ones that plump skin with elements such as silicone and hyaluronic acid. To be thorough, you could sleep with a humidifier running near your bed in order to keep your skin extra hydrated through the night.
Make sure to always exfoliate!
Removing that layer of dead skin cells every day after removing your makeup is important in attaining heathy skin. Dirt and debris can accumulate on the skin, blocking up pores and making skin look wrinkled. Use a soft cloth with warm water and don’t be too rough on your skin.
To keep skin looking young, it’s vital to avoid sun burns and tanning. Sun burns cause serious damage to skin that usually causes signs of aging, leathered skin, and wrinkles. Always opt for a moisturizer or cosmetic product with SPF 15+. It’s especially important to keep your sensitive facial skin protected, as it can burn more easily.
Sun damage from tanning beds and overexposure to natural sunlight can wreak havoc on your skin by severely dehydrating it – to the point of causing permanent damage. Make sure to keep covered up and wear a hat and plenty of sun screen.
A healthy-skin diet can also help drastically in reversing age spots and fine lines by preventing the loss of elasticity.
Foods high in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, such as orange and yellow fruits, green vegetables, eggs, and butter, work to increase cell turnover and keep skin looking healthy.
Olive oil contains anti-oxidants and monosaturated fatty acids that can play a role in boosting skin elasticity and youthfulness. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa flavanols, a plant compound full of antioxidants, which improves circulation and the skin’s moisture content.
Herbs such as Rosemary have been linked to a 60% reduced risk of skin cancer, according to a study in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Herbs are full of antioxidants that eliminate dangerous free-radicals from the sun before they can cause damage to the skin. If you can, try to avoid dairy – studies have shown that dairy is inflammatory and can aggravate acne and cause wrinkles and rashes. Almond milk is a great, protein-rich alternative!
Lots of water is essential for a healthy body and healthy skin.
Your skin needs hydration to maintain its elasticity and necessary pH balance. Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis – nine full cups at least for women, thirteen for men - is vital to keeping yourself young-looking and your skin in optimal condition.
Ultimately, it’s easy to obtain healthy, wrinkle-free skin with a few changes to your daily routine. By selecting the right serums, creams, and products for your skin type, selecting a balanced diet, avoiding sun damage, and committing to exfoliating and moisturizing every night, you can fight wrinkles and prevent them before they set in.