Let's face it: youthful skin doesn't happen by chance. As much as we wish that our skin can withstand the test of time and all of the harsh exposure our skin endures, we have to remember that conscientious effort is the first essential ingredient to a youthful appearance.
Radiant Recipe: How To Get Youthful Skin
Limit Sun Exposure
As much as we love a bronzy tan in the thick of summer (or perhaps all year round), excessive sun exposure is causing more harm than good when it comes to basking in the UV rays. While Vitamin D provides amazing benefits, too much of a "good thing" is never a good thing. And as much as we hate to sound like a broken record, we'll never get tired of telling you to WEAR YOUR SPF. Some think sunscreen is only needed in the warmer months, but that is so far from the truth. You should be applying sunscreen daily, especially to the face and most exposed areas of the body. Limiting your sun exposure but also appropriately protecting yourself in the sun can help keep your skin smooth and youthful for years to come.
Vitamin C Rich Diet
Vitamin C doesn't just come from the sun. Adding more items that are rich in Vitamin C into your diet helps promote radiant skin, leading to fewer wrinkles as they can produce up to eight times more collagen for healthy, youthful skin.
Facials & Peels
Having a daily/nightly skin care routine is essential and can help improve the tone, texture, and overall appearance of the skin. However, the majority of skincare products only work on the surface, neglecting the deep, dark pits of our pores. Setting time aside for a professional grade facial is like a powerwash for the skin, helping to cleanse from deep within while washing away dirt and oils that can build up over time.
Skin cleansing doesn't always happen on the surface. Allowing your body to cleanse every once in a while can help rid all of those toxins that are found in our water, food, and yes, even the air, that build up in our body and causes breakouts, damage, and aging.
This tip is a gift in itself for us sleepy, yet extremely busy individuals. Not only will a lack of sleep make you look tired and worn down, but it can also affect our skin's appearance. Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep is ideal to feel great, of course, but also helps our skin repair for total body rejuvenation.
We get it, sometimes physical fitness isn't your "thing" but staying active, especially as we age, can have a significant impact on our skin, as well as our overall health. When working out, we're releasing toxins in the body through sweat while increasing oxygen and nutrient circulation, resulting in clear, firmer skin. If a killer body isn't your motivation, then maybe "youthful skin" is more your tune.
We can't stress this enough: high levels of stress can negatively impact the skin and your overall appearance. Telltale signs are dark, under eye circles, under eye bags, wrinkles, and breakouts. So, how do we manage stress? This is a meaningful conversation to have with yourself and maybe even a trained professional. Everyone has their own way of decompressing, you just have to find what works for you. For the sake of your skin (and your sanity) RELAX!
Nix Drinking & Smoking Guilty
Pleasure or a bad habit? Either way, it's time to kick it. It's a known fact that smoking causes wrinkles while destroying collagen and elastin in the skin. If the possibility of severe health issues doesn't scare you, let it be wrinkles or aging skin. Additionally, one glass of alcohol increases inflammation in the bloodstream that can lead to sagging skin over time.
Of course, we want to be here for both a good time and a long time, with youthful, radiant skin. It's important to remember that not only is it essential to achieve healthy skin but also how to keep skin youthful over time. Apply these tips into your self-care routine and reap the benefits that come with them. At the risk of sounding bossy, (a chance we are willing to take) you're welcome!