Out of the 20,000 – 25,000 genes that comprise the humane genome, researchers have discovered that approximately 1,500 have to do with the aging process. While we can’t influence our genes, there are still many measurable actions that we can take to have great looking skin. Want to know what you can do to keep your skin looking youthful as long as possible? Keep reading…
1. Stop Smoking. Yes… here is yet another reason to QUIT smoking. As you age, your body naturally breaks down collagen which is why skin wrinkling occurs. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and breaks down collagen, causing your skin to age prematurely. Did you know that in as little as 2 weeks after quitting, your circulation begins to improve? Becoming an ex-smoker has many benefits.
2. Wear Sunscreen. Beware, sun worshippers! Not only does sun exposure cause premature aging, it is the leading cause of skin cancer. Trust me… I remember days of basking in the sun. Most of us have been there! After having a few moles removed and biopsied in later years, I’m much smarter about wearing sunscreen year-round. Take a lesson from someone who has been there… always apply sunscreen before exposure to sun and reapply often. Don’t forget the backs of your hands, your neck and your lips.
3. Drink more H2O. If your skin lacks moisture, you’re going to have problems. Make sure and drink eight glasses of water per day – more if you are exercising, flying, drinking alcohol or other activities known to cause dehydration. Use a moisturizer that has both hydrating and strengthening effects to maximize moisture retention. Eating foods high in water content like strawberries and broccoli is another way to boost hydration, and with these two in particular, you’ll get a boost of vitamin C as well.
Do you want to know more about easy ways you can get gorgeous, younger-looking skin?