Maintaining healthy skin means getting proper nutrition and leading a healthy lifestyle, but finding a good dermatologist and using the right skincare products are also musts. Follow these simple tips that can help you age gracefully and keep wrinkles to a minimum.
Get Proper Nutrition
Pack in protein and healthy fats for younger-looking healthy skin. Eating protein-rich food like lean meats, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, seafood, dairy, and soy products is crucial. Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids also help improve your skin's appearance, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Examples of foods rich in essential fats include soybeans; corn; flaxseed; sesame, sunflower, safflower, canola, and pumpkin seeds; borage, evening primrose; walnuts; and fish oils. Nuts and seeds are also good sources of essential fatty acids. Getting plenty of vitamins D, C, E, and A in your diet is important when you want to maintain a youthful appearance, notes a review published in 2012 in Dermato-Endocrinology.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Staying physically healthy adds years to your life—and is a must for healthy-looking skin. The 2012 review in Dermato-Endocrinology says that calorie restriction delays the onset of aging, as long as you're still meeting daily nutrient needs. Another study published in 2011 in the Indian Journal of Dermatology found that obesity is related to a higher number of skin tags. So, avoid packing on pounds to stay looking young and maintain healthy skin.
Being active keeps you looking and feeling young. Endurance exercise helps reduce age-associated skin changes, according to a study published in 2015 in "Aging Cell." Harvard School of Public Health suggests adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderately intense aerobic exercise—like brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or biking—each week.
Protect Your Skin
Making healthy lifestyle choices is crucial for healthy, age-defying skin. Avoid smoking because this habit increases skin wrinkling, according to Linus Pauling Institute. Sun damage and ultraviolet light from tanning beds have similar negative effects. To maintain healthy-looking skin and lower your risk for cancer, steer clear of tanning beds entirely. Kelli Ruth, a licensed esthetician, says the most important thing you can do for your skin is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect against overexposure to UVA and UVB rays that can cause aging and skin cancer.
Use Essential Skincare Products
To nix wrinkles, keep your skin hydrated and use retinol-based skincare products with sun protection factors (SPFs). A review published in 2012 in Dermato-Endocrinology confirms that antioxidants like retinol (vitamin A) work against aging skin to keep you looking fresh and young. Additionally, a 2010 study published in The British Journal of Dermatology found that subjects who used a daily moisturizer with 30 SPF in conjunction with wrinkle-repair products containing retinyl propionate and niacinamide showed reduced facial wrinkles. Remember to ask your dermatologist about specific skincare product recommendations; they'll know what works best for your skin type.