Who doesn’t want to live a longer, healthier, and happier life? My hope is that by reading this post, you can use these safe, effective, and scientifically proven tips to slow the aging process in a real and lasting way. The good news is that you don’t have to overhaul your entire life—even making one or two changes can help you look and feel younger in just a few days or weeks. Once you get a few tips under your belt, add a few more to build on your success. It really is that easy, and whether you’re thirty, sixty, or ninety, it’s never too late (or too early!) to start.
Good Skin Care Habits Prolong a Youthful Glow
All the potions and anti-agers in the world can’t undo the damage from poor skin care habits. Even if you have a good regimen in place, as you get older your routine might need some tweaks. If your skin is still dry even though you use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, start washing your face only at night. Make sure you use a mild, soap-free cleanser (one study rated Dove, Aveeno, and Purpose as the least irritating) and lukewarm water to avoid stripping skin of its natural oils. In the morning, simply wet your skin and pat it dry with a towel. The other two crucial components to younger- looking skin? Don’t skimp on sunscreen and stop smoking.
Shield Yourself from the Aging Effects of the Sun
By some estimates, sun exposure accounts for nearly 90 percent of age-related damage to often- exposed areas such as the face, the back of the neck and “V” of the neckline, the arms, and the backs of the hands. Why, exactly, does the sun pose such a problem? Ultraviolet radiation falls into three wavelengths, but only two reach the earth: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays are responsible for long-term photoaging, while UVBs are the culprit behind sunburn. Both types create free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and make it harder for skin to heal, and both play a role in skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation breaks down elastin and speeds up collagen loss, leading to wrinkles. It can also make your skin thicker in some areas and thinner in others, affecting skin tone and texture. You can chalk up brown spots and spider veins to sun damage as well. And while fair- skinned people tend to have more visible signs of photoaging than those with dark skin, UV rays penetrate deeply, damaging skin and increasing the risk of skin cancer regardless of your skin color.
Sunscreen Protects and Even Heals Sun-Damaged Skin
There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that scatter or reflect UVA and UVB rays so they can’t penetrate the skin. Remember lifeguards with those white stripes down their noses? They were using physical sunscreens. Thankfully, recent formulations are better able to blend in with your skin and are less noticeable. Physical sunscreens are popular picks for people with sensitive skin or rosacea.