I am going to give you some of the best kept skincare “secrets” to help protect your skin after 50. And it can’t hurt for those of you under 50 to take some of these steps to help protect your skin. It’s never too early to take care of your skin. So here are some of the top skin care tips I have found over the years.
Make Sunscreen a Part of Your Daily Routine
You are probably getting tired of hearing about how damaging the sun can be to your skin and the importance of the right sunscreen for healthy and proper skin care, but I can’t stress this enough. Sunscreen is one of the best skin care tips I could give anyone. If I could go back and tell my younger self to wear sunscreen every day, I would in a heartbeat.
Ultraviolet rays are the number one cause of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and worst of all, skin cancer. However, please note that all sunscreens are not the same. To get the best protection for your skin, you should choose a sunscreen with right SPF i.e. 40 or higher, so that it blocks UVB and UVA rays and protects your skin.
Sunscreen needs to be applied every day, year round, regardless of the weather. Ultraviolet rays break through cloud coverage and they can actually get some of the worst damage to your skin on a cloudy day. Never skip a day. As long as you wash your face at night, it won’t clog your pores.
You should also apply it during the day, especially if you are going to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time. You should apply it to your face, ears, neck and hands. Yes, your hands. Our hands are one of the first places that we notice aging, along with our eyes. You should reapply sunscreen to your hands after washing.
Exfoliate Once a Week
Unfortunately, as we age, cell regeneration starts to slow down, so our body doesn’t shed dead skin cells and generate the new ones as often. As these dead skin cells start to build up on our skin, it can cause it to look rough, dry and dull. Dead skin cells can also clog pores which can lead to acne breakouts.
Exfoliation is important because it removes those dead skin cells while revealing the new ones at the same time. This helps moisturizers to penetrate the skin more effectively, which in turn will make your skin look younger and healthier.
You should exfoliate your skin (face and body) at least once a week. Again, you need to find the product that works best for you. If you can tolerate it more than once a week, then exfoliate every other day. Your skin will thank you and it will help you both look and feel years younger.
The Right Cleansers and Moisturizers Make All the Difference
Washing your face every morning and night makes all the difference. So does moisturizing, if you use the correct products for your skin type. For those of you who have oily skin, consider yourself blessed. People with oily skin tend to be less prone to wrinkles and fine lines. For those of you with sensitive skin, you need to test all of the products before you use them, on your arm or the back of your hand. Our bodies change as we age so that product that worked wonders for you years ago may suddenly lead to acne breakout.
For those of us with dry skin, which I believe it the majority, there are a lot of great products out there. And some home remedies, as well. Coconut oil works wonders for wrinkles and bags under the eyes, but you need to apply it sparingly. Also, if you are going to use coconut oil, apply it about an hour before you put your makeup on or an hour before you go to bed, as it takes time to set into your skin. However, it does make a noticeable difference. Although, if you have oily skin, you probably shouldn’t use coconut oil.
Combination skin can be a bit tricky. However, there are quite a few good skin care products out there for those with combination skin. Just do your research and find out what product works best for you. But never go to bed without washing your face, especially if you are wearing makeup, especially foundation. Makeup just clogs your pores. And you should wash your face with warm water to open your pores and rinse it with cold water to close your pores.
Drink Plenty of Water
Besides eating the best foods for skin, drink much water. You’re probably also tired of hearing about the importance of drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Well, it’s true. Water flushes out toxins, helps with weight loss, helps prevent heart disease and keeps our bodies hydrated. This includes our skin. Drinking water will keep your skin hydrated, which is one of the best defenses against wrinkles and dry skin. If you take the time to drink at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day, it can protect your skin. Staying hydrated is one of the best skin care tips you’ll ever need.
There you have it, some simple tips for healthy skin. Of course, there are the common sense factors like avoid smoking and recreational drug use, which can both dry out the skin and speed up the aging process. Eating a healthy diet full of proteins and nutrients can protect your skin, as well. You need to take care of your body from the outside in.
If you follow these simple skin care tips, you can help slow down the aging process, reduce fine lines, wrinkles and age spots and have healthy, shiny skin!
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