Skin care is important at any age, but as you get older, you need to give your skin extra care and protection. The natural aging process is inevitable, but if you properly care for your skin while you age, you can keep your skin healthy, vibrant, and radiant for many years to come.
How to Care for Your Skin While You Age
Many foods that you enjoy eating regularly contain nutrients that help protect your skin. Here are some facts to consider:
- Kale has Vitamin A and C to firm skin.
- Salmon and walnuts can fight inflammatory skin conditions like acne.
- Olive oil has monounsaturated fatty acids that act as a youth serum.
- Dark chocolate has antioxidant benefits and helps to increase blood flow.
2. Apply sunscreen when you’re outdoors
One of the best things you can do to care for your skin while you age is to apply sunscreen that provides an adequate amount of UV protection daily. Doing so not only protects your skin from burning, but also can prevent some forms of skin cancer.
The level of UV protection that is required depends on a variety of factors, including how much time you plan to spend outdoors, where you are in the country, and what season of the year it is. Remember to apply sunscreen even in the winter, when it’s overcast, and when you are not planning to spend a significant amount of time outdoors. The sun’s rays can get through to you even when it’s cloudy.
3. Drink water
One thing you can do to care for your skin while you age is something you should do every day anyway: Drink water. In addition to its other benefits, water keeps your skin hydrated, which makes the skin appear more plump and healthy.
4. Select mild soaps, and avoid makeup that contains harsh chemicals
Opt for all-natural, organic makeup and soaps because harsher products can irritate and dry your skin.
5. Use an overnight cream
Hydration is a key to youthful, radiant skin.
Applying a gentle cream to your face before you sleep allows plenty of time for the cream to hydrate your skin. Look for a night cream with alpha hydroxy acids, which are known to be especially effective at reducing the signs of aging. Another beneficial component of a night cream is licorice root extract, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
6. Maintain a healthy weight
In addition to eating healthy foods full of vitamins and antioxidants, make an effort to maintain a healthy weight. Unhealthy foods can cause a variety of skin ailments, such as oily skin that can lead to irritation, and the up-and-down cycle of weight loss and weight gain can contribute to sagging skin, stretch marks, and cellulite.
7. Stay active
Exercise increases the flow of blood and oxygen to your skin, which is your body’s largest organ. A glowing complexion depends on an abundance of nutrients in the body’s organs and a well-functioning circulatory system.
8. Reduce alcohol consumption
Alcohol dehydrates your body and decreases its intake of Vitamin A – essentially negating the positive effects of water and healthy foods.
9. Don’t smoke
Tobacco can wreak havoc on your skin. Cigarettes and the carbon monoxide they contain reduce circulation and decrease the oxygen level in your blood. Basically, cigarettes suck nutrients out of your body and dry your skin, leading to discoloration and other signs of unhealthy skin.
10. Be happy
You can literally feel the results of this one instantly, both physically and mentally. Negative emotions can impact your gut health, and you can certainly feel that. When you’re happy, on the other hand, your skin glows, and in a sense you can feel that too.
How the Waltonwood Senior Living Lifestyle Can Help
At Waltonwood, we take pride in helping our senior living residents maintain healthy bodies and minds. Through our many social activities, fitness opportunities, and healthy meal plans, we aim to help our residents live fun and fulfilling lifestyles that can lead to an overall improvement in their health.
For more information about our life enrichment program and Forever Fit exercise program, contact us through our Waltonwood website or step into one of our senior living communities in Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia.