Who doesn’t want to live a longer, healthier, and happier life? My hope is that by reading this post, you can use these safe, effective, and scientifically proven tips to slow the aging process in a real and lasting way. The good news is that you don’t have to overhaul your entire life—even making one or two changes can help you look and feel younger in just a few days or weeks. Once you get a few tips under your belt, add a few more to build on your success. It really is that easy, and whether you’re thirty, sixty, or ninety, it’s never too late (or too early!) to start.
Why are we concerned about your health? without good health it is difficult if not impossible to successfully think and conduct your business to realize success that is required.
1. Use Hyaluronic Acid to Fight Age-Related Wrinkles
As you get older, your skin undergoes changes at every level. The top layer (the epidermis) thins and loses protective fatty substances called lipids, making skin drier and less able to fight off infection. Arid climates or the dry air in winter can aggravate parched skin even more. Dry skin can feel tight and uncomfortable, accentuate wrinkles, and look flaky and ashy. Also as you age, the inner layer (the dermis)—the collagen and elastic tissues that keep your skin firm and plump—begins to break down, leading to wrinkles. These changes mean your skin doesn’t bounce back from injury as quickly.
Apply a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid right after you wash your face to lock in moisture; men should use moisturizer after shaving.
If you have sensitive skin, look for fragrance-free formulas rather than unscented, which just use chemicals to cover up smells.
If you’re acne-prone (yes, even adults can get pimples!), look for an oil-free moisturizer labeled noncomedogenic and non-acnegenic to banish breakouts.
Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Fills in Wrinkles That Come with Age
Researchers at Cambridge University in England note that injectable hyaluronic acid works best for deep wrinkles caused by sun damage, creases around the nose and mouth, and adding volume to hollowed cheeks and thin lips (areas that Botox, which works best on forehead wrinkles, can’t help). Manufacturers chemically modify it so that skin doesn’t absorb it as quickly, which means results can last up to six months. Using it repeatedly in the same area may lead to a longer-lasting result, possibly by stimulating new collagen production. Injectable hyaluronic acid is available in heavier and lighter gels with different molecule sizes, which translates to more flexibility for where on your face you can use it. Another plus is that most people tolerate it well; irritation and allergic reactions are rare.
Good Skin Care Habits Prolong a Youthful Glow
All the potions and anti-agers in the world can’t undo the damage from poor skin care habits. Even if you have a good regimen in place, as you get older your routine might need some tweaks. If your skin is still dry even though you use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, start washing your face only at night. Make sure you use a mild, soap-free cleanser (one study rated Dove, Aveeno, and Purpose as the least irritating) and lukewarm water to avoid stripping skin of its natural oils. In the morning, simply wet your skin and pat it dry with a towel. The other two crucial components to younger- looking skin? Don’t skimp on sunscreen and stop smoking.
2. Shield Yourself from the Aging Effects of the Sun
By some estimates, sun exposure accounts for nearly 90 percent of age-related damage to often- exposed areas such as the face, the back of the neck and “V” of the neckline, the arms, and the backs of the hands. Why, exactly, does the sun pose such a problem? Ultraviolet radiation falls into three wavelengths, but only two reach the earth: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays are responsible for long-term photoaging, while UVBs are the culprit behind sunburn. Both types create free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and make it harder for skin to heal, and both play a role in skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation breaks down elastin and speeds up collagen loss, leading to wrinkles. It can also make your skin thicker in some areas and thinner in others, affecting skin tone and texture. You can chalk up brown spots and spider veins to sun damage as well. And while fair- skinned people tend to have more visible signs of photoaging than those with dark skin, UV rays penetrate deeply, damaging skin and increasing the risk of skin cancer regardless of your skin color.
Sunscreen Protects and Even Heals Sun-Damaged Skin
There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that scatter or reflect UVA and UVB rays so they can’t penetrate the skin. Remember lifeguards with those white stripes down their noses? They were using physical sunscreens. Thankfully, recent formulations are better able to blend in with your skin and are less noticeable. Physical sunscreens are popular picks for people with sensitive skin or rosacea.
A 2009 study found that adding antioxidants like vitamins C and E and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) in green tea to a broad-spectrum sunscreen makes it even more effective in preventing sun damage. Since no sunscreen can block all UV rays, some radiation does get through to skin and creates free radicals. The antioxidants quench free radicals before they age your skin. Look for products with sun protection and antioxidants in one bottle.
3. Eat Omega-3s for Younger-Looking Skin
Skin is the body’s largest living organ, and it needs top-notch nourishment to function and look its best. While a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats will work wonders for your appearance, a few skin superstars are worth working into your diet for their anti-aging benefits.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids Protect against Skin Aging
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of omega-3s for heart health and the brain . But mounting research shows that they, along with omega-6s, are also critical for skin health and can fight signs of aging. These essential fatty acids calm inflammation and irritation caused by free radicals. They keep cell membranes fluid and flexible and normalize oil production by creating protective lipids (fatty substances) in your skin’s topmost layer—especially helpful as your skin gets drier with age, and since dry skin makes wrinkles more noticeable . Omega-3s and omega-6s also defend against cell damage and assist in repair, keeping skin resilient. A 2006 review of studies concluded that consuming omega-3s can actually protect skin from sun damage as well.
Add Age-Fighting Antioxidants
Like omega-3s and omega-6s, antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E fight free radicals that can damage skin and lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer. Topical antioxidants get a lot of press, but your primary goal should be to get enough through diet. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, broccoli, carrots, kiwis, nuts and seeds, oranges, red and green peppers, spinach, and strawberries are super sources. It can be tough to get enough vitamin E from foods, but you should talk to your doctor if you’re thinking about supplementing, since vitamin E can act as a blood thinner, and high levels may interfere with cholesterol-lowering drugs. If you choose to supplement with vitamin E, take 400 IU of mixed natural tocopherols daily (d-alpha tocopherol is the natural form; avoid synthetic dl-alpha tocopherol).
Healthy Fats for Healthy Skin
Eating two 3- to 4-ounce servings of oily fish a week is the easiest way to get enough omega-3s.
If your diet falls short, talk to your doctor about taking a fish oil supplement that contains 500 milligrams or more of EPA and DHA or one made from algae that has 400 to 600 milligrams of DHA.
Include Minerals in Your Anti-Aging Diet
A 2009 study noted that people with high levels of selenium in their blood reduced their risk of skin cancer by about 60 percent. Its antioxidant action helps prevent premature skin aging, and it encourages vitamin E absorption as well. Good sources include brown rice, seafood, garlic, eggs, and Brazil nuts.
Another multitasker, zinc, protects your skin from sun damage and works with vitamin C to make collagen. A zinc deficiency can trigger breakouts, lead to hair loss, and cause rough skin or rashes. Food sources include oysters, legumes (such as beans and peas), red meat, pecans, and pumpkin seeds. If you don’t eat many animal foods, you might want to supplement, but the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements recommends getting no more than 40 milligrams per day.