10 Good Habits of People Who Look Younger Than Their Years
There are uncomplicated, less expensive, and non-invasive alternatives to having cosmetic injections or facial plastic surgery. Looking younger by reducing and preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as boosting your overall skin health, can be as simple as adding these age-defying habits to your daily anti-aging routine:
Drink White Tea
Drinking a daily cup of white tea helps keep wrinkles away, according to a 2009 study. The researchers examined the effects on structural proteins in the skin called elastin and collagen. Elastin is responsible for maintaining skin elasticity along with assisting in wound repair, while collagen supports both the skin's strength and elasticity. The degradation or breakdown of these two important proteins can lead to age-related fine lines and sagging skin. Fortunately, the researchers found that drinking white tea helped prevent this degradation, and ultimately contributed to skin's firmness and elasticity among older adults.
Limit Your Sugar Intake
Reducing your consumption of sugar is beneficial to your face since too much of it obstructs efficient collagen repair and, in turn, can cause premature aging of the skin. A published research from 2013 supported this claim and revealed that elevated blood sugar levels made people between the ages of 50 to 70 look almost a year older than their actual age.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are responsible for more than 90 percent of skin cancers and over 90 percent of the visible signs of aging. Melanoma, deep lines and creases, sagging, rough patches, and skin discoloration are among the consequences of excessive and unprotected sun exposure.
The good news is that applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen like Impress® PrimeShade® before heading outdoors is the best defense against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB. UVA destroys the key substances in skin that help maintains its firmness and elasticity, while UVB is accountable for painful sunburns, discolorations, and other noticeable changes on the skin's surface. Unlike most sunscreens, PrimeShade® offers natural minerals-based full-spectrum protection against both types of skin-damaging and cancer-causing UV radiation. Safeguard your skin by using it every day, and even on cloudy days. Unlike many chemical-based active ingredients common to sunscreen products, these minerals do not release free radicals into the skin upon exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.
Exfoliate Your Skin Once or Twice per Week
Exfoliating is an important skincare habit for renewing skin. It effectively removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, makes skin more receptive to moisturizers, and improves the overall look and feel of the skin. Furthermore, exfoliating encourages collagen and elastin production due to its ability to stimulate cellular turnover. Collagen and elastin work together to maintain firmness and strengthen your skin's structure and boost its ability to stretch and bounce back.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to keep your skin looking supple, glowing, and youthful. Regular and plentiful consumption of water is vital to maintaining optimal skin moisture and delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. You've probably heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." That's easy to remember, and it's a reasonable goal according to the Mayo Clinic. Following the guidelines of healthy daily water consumption (which vary between men and women as well as by age and lifestyle) will help replenish the skin tissue and assist in improving elasticity, which ultimately delays the onset of wrinkles, creases, and other signs of skin aging.
Move Your Body
Can you walk, run, or swim your way to younger-looking skin? A study presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine says yes. The researchers found that exercising at least three times a week can eventually restore the skin's youth, as it changes the body and reverses the "skin age." Physical activities prevent the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) from thickening and the layer of living tissue beneath the epidermis (dermis) from thinning. The result is healthy skin that appears decades younger at a microscopic level.
Protect Your Skin From Computer Screens
The glare from your computer screen might be adding years to your age. The blue light emitted from certain electronic devices can penetrate your skin and cause age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, frown lines, turkey neck, and jowls over time. If your source of livelihood involves sitting in front of a computer from nine to five, here are some tips to prevent the onset of premature skin aging:
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. For lasting results, apply Impress® PrimeShade® every day. It is light on the skin because it is oil-free and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also offers a primer base for makeup foundation.
- Place an anti-glare screen over your computer monitor.
- Bring the computer screen up to eye level. Looking down for prolonged periods can cause jowls and sagging skin on the neck to form.
- As each hour passes, stretch your neck by looking left and right. You can also look up at the ceiling and hold the position for at least 20 seconds.
Get a Good Night's Sleep
Sleep is perhaps one of the closest things there is to locating the fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself while you snooze, which leads to a long list of advantages for your skin. The benefits of getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night include brighter and less puffy eyes, a glowing complexion, fewer wrinkles, and an overall healthy appearance. Consequently, poor sleeping habits make you look tired and can accelerate the signs of skin aging. Relieving the stresses of the day before going to sleep may help you to achieve a good night’s sleep. The Calm App can guide you through this process.
Keep Your Face Away From Your Pillow
Sleeping with your face pressed against a pillow can cause "sleep lines" that, over the years, can turn into permanent fine lines and deep wrinkles. If you love sleeping with your face pressed sidewards or downwards, then is it time to break the habit and erase a few years from your face.
Use Products With Anti-Aging Ingredients
Applying the right age-defying skincare products is your secret weapon to achieving beautiful and younger-looking skin. The cumulative weight of published peer-reviewed medical science points to three critical substances to achieve maximum anti-aging benefits to the skin. These “most effective” substances are Antioxidants, Hydroxy Acids, and Retinoids. Our Impress® Anti-Aging Facial Pads Program incorporates these three core substances for maximum skin rejuvenation and the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, uneven coloration, and other signs of aging skin.
In addition to our three core anti-aging ingredients, the Impress® line incorporates a combination of extracts from plants found within the Sonoran Desert of the Southwestern United States. To be specific, Cactus Flower and Prickly Pear extracts. By incorporating a blend of these desert botanicals (critical to cultivating life in this arid land), Impress® has unlocked nature's secret to dewy, radiant, and youthful skin regardless of environmental circumstances.
A Final Word of Advice
Even people who have no signs of premature skin aging can benefit from starting good habits early in life. Why wait for wrinkles when you can begin preventing them now? So press the pause button on aging skin! Try these ten anti-aging tips to keep your skin looking young.