Tips for Healthy Skin:
Is Your Skin a Gauge for Your Age?
Tips for healthy skin flood websites and magazine covers with mind-boggling regularity, constantly trying to drive home the importance of adopting good habits and highlighting the links between health and skin care. And while some might argue that all the hype is all about superficial looks, a case could certainly be made that there’s good reason to take a long look in the mirror; depending on what you see, you may well find that your habits are in need of a makeover.
Think before you drink. Consuming too much alcohol has the unfortunate side effect of prematurely aging the skin by dilating the small blood vessels, causing a greater amount of blood to be circulated near the surface of the skin. Those blood vessels eventually become damaged to the point that they break and actually become visible, giving the skin an appearance that makes you seem older than you might actually be.
Light Up Your Looks,Not Your Cigarette.
Like alcohol, smoke causes visible damage to the blood vessels. Unlike alcohol, however, it actually constricts the blood vessels, decreasing circulation and depleting the skin of oxygen and many other nutrients that keep it at its healthiest. In addition, smoking causes damage to the production of collagen and elastin, both of which are extremely important factors in the strength and elasticity of the skin. That lost elasticity makes the skin more prone to wrinkling, certainly something to consider before you purse your lips around your next cigarette—that seemingly harmless expression can have cumulative effects on the area around your mouth, leaving you with fine lines that settle in for a permanent stay.
Slather On the Sunscreen.
Aside from the obvious benefit of acting as a preventative measure against skin cancer, sunscreen also fights off wrinkles, sun spots, and other skin conditions that all play contributing roles in adding years to your appearance. Most skin care professionals recommend a nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen for the face; and, instead of using that shot glass for your next shot of tequila, use it as a reference for how much sunblock to apply to your entire body. Reapply every two hours, unless you’re swimming of sweating, both of which minimize the efficacy of sunscreen—and use a broad-spectrum of at least 15. Your skin will thank you.
Be Kind, It Can Rewind…
The effects of aging on your skin, at least. When you’re running through your daily skin care routine, think about the ingredients the products you use and how harsh they can be on your skin. Choose gentle cleansers that won’t strip away the natural moisture from your skin, and remember to moisturize with gentle lotions regularly. The more balanced your skin is, the younger it will look; dry, crepey skin ages you immensely.
Mirror, Mirror, On the Plate…
Eating fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins all help maintain not only a healthy body, but healthy skin. Getting plenty of Vitamin C, limiting your intake of unhealthy fats, and keeping those refined carbs in check will all promote the health of your skin and keep you looking—and feeling—younger.
Healthy habits aside, the aging process will, at some point, take its toll on your skin. Fortunately, medical spa treatments have come a long way in stopping and sometimes reversing the clock, so anti aging aesthetics like Botox and facial fillers or anti aging laser treatments may be something to put on your plan of action.
Get the skinny on good skin care! Give the team of aestheticians at Navarre Wellness at call today!