For most women, changes in the skin are usually the first telling signs of aging. Wrinkles, age spots, dull skin tone, thin skin, skin that easily bruises, and saggy skin are some of the issues women have to deal with.
You can’t escape aging (it’s better than the alternative), but there are many things you can do to take care of your skin if you want your skin to look younger than you really are. The following are some proven tips on how to look younger:
1. Minimize Sun Exposure
There is no single factor that causes premature aging of the skin other than the sun. According to researchers, damage caused by ultraviolet rays is responsible for 80% of skin damage. Yikes! But, the past is the past. From now on, minimize the amount of time you spend in the sun. If you can’t or don’t want to do that, invest in excellent sunscreen and wear sun-protective clothing with a UPF of 50+. Don’t worry, as there are a lot of really cute styles with a UPF of 50+. One of the most known brands is Coolibar, but there are lots of them these days.
2. Get your beauty sleep
The term “beauty sleep” is derived from a legitimate scientific theory. Getting enough sleep can do wonders for your skin. This is because the skin naturally regenerates itself while you are asleep. Getting too little sleep impairs this vital process, resulting in everything from the accentuation of fine lines to a lackluster appearance such as dark circles under your eyes. In addition to this, too little sleep also causes the stress hormone production, which causes the breakdown of collagen, all bad news for your skin.
According to research from 2015, women who slept for 7-9 hours had much better skin than their counterparts who slept for 5 hours.
3. Sleep with an extra pillow
When you are sleeping, gravity may pool fluid around the lower eyelids, causing undereye puffiness. Bags below your eyes make your face look much older. To avoid bags under your eyes, slip another pillow under your head to encourage gravity to drain your eye area.
4. Adjust your sleeping positions
The best way to avoid skin crinkles is by sleeping on your back. It all starts with crinkles, and then before you know it, you have to deal with wrinkles. But since many people find it uncomfortable sleeping on their backs, you can try alternating the side of your face you sleep on.
5. Get rid of your age spots
Unfortunately, age or sun spots go hand and hand with mature skin. The first thing to do is to wear sunscreen at all times (see #1 above). Next is to use lightening or brightening serum when applying makeup. Some creams and serums will cause drying and peeling, which isn’t pleasant. You can also do an IPL at a dermatologist’s office or spa, but this treatment can be painful. Also, it really only works well the first time.
We have found niacinamide to be a particularly effective ingredient for treating age spots and dry skin. It doesn’t dry out the skin, and it works quickly. It builds up keratin levels and grows a ceramide or lipid barrier in the skin. This boosts the skin’s moisture retention capacity, beneficial in keeping dry skins healthy, firm, and moisturized. Consequently, this boosts the skin’s ability to rejuvenate its cells while protecting itself from harmful ultraviolet rays while reversing sun damage to the skin, like wrinkles and fine lines.
6. Use an LED Mask or Red Light Therapy
Photorejuvenation treatments are popular for slowing down skin aging signs, but they have only been available in doctors’ offices in the past. Now you can enjoy the same technology at home using an anti-aging beauty mask with photo rejuvenation treatment.
7. Invest in a silk or sateen pillowcase
One of the biggest causes of skin aging is inflammation, which can be greatly minimized by using soft pillowcases that are less abrasive. Silk works well.
8. Clean up your diet
What you eat has a huge impact on how you look. If you want to maintain healthy and glowing skin for as long as possible, your diet should consist of foods loaded with healthy fats, antioxidants, essential nutrients, oily fish, and water. Some of the must-have foods in your diet include blueberries, broccoli, papaya, red bell pepper, spinach, avocado, nuts, and many more.
Exercise has been proven to slow down the skin aging process and reverse skin aging signs in people who started regular exercise late in life. People who exercise regularly have the muscle mass, immune system, cholesterol levels, posture, and skin quality of young people.
10. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
We all love a good night of fun and drinking with friends, but too much alcohol could be doing a lot of damage to your skin. Evidence shows that chronic alcohol consumption or alcoholism can cause accelerated aging, where symptoms of aging start showing earlier than normal, and exaggerated aging, where symptoms of aging appear at the right time but are more exaggerated.
11. Avoid consuming too much sodium, especially before going to sleep
Scientists discovered that too much sodium could help accelerate aging on a cellular level. Sodium also causes eyelids to retain too much fluid, which causes bags under your eyes. Avoid ingesting salt, especially before bedtime.
12. Quit Smoking
The Journal of Dermatological Science reported a study that ten years of smoking corresponded to a difference of appearance of roughly 2½ years older. “One inhalation from a cigarette contains more than 3,800 different harmful, chemical substances notably nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, formaldehyde, cyanohydrin acid, ammonia, mercury, lead, and cadmium,” Science Direct reports. “Cigarette smoke alters biological processes in the skin promoting skin aging.”
13. Ensure you don’t have unwanted facial hair or skin tags on your neck
This could be a unibrow or stray hairs on lips and chin. We live in a world where technology runs everything, and luckily, facial hair removal has been made a lot easier by the Tommy Timmy Smoother Skin Hair Removal Laser. This amazing device uses laser technology that emits rapid light pulses. This pulse works under your skin’s surface targeting the hairs at their roots to inhibit the growth, and is clinically proven to be safe and effective for facial hair removal. Best of all, you can do it from the privacy of your own home. At under $100, it is a much less expensive option than going through a series of treatments at a salon.
The Tommy Timmy Spot Blaster Pro offers a quick, simple, and affordable solution to an age-old problem using state-of-the-art electric ion technology to remove tags without hurting the normal skin.