Your skin is the body’s largest organ, the foundation of your appearance, and your primary defense against irritants and toxins. That’s reason enough to make skin care a priority as you age. In your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, glowing and hearing “I wish I could be like you…” is the ultimate in health and self-care.
But wearing more makeup or using the same products and skincare strategies you used when you were younger won’t cut it now. Everything from menopause, sun damage, dryness, even your mood and outlook on life can be affected. Innovate your beauty routine with new products and strategies to keep your glow inside and out. Here are 10 tips to make your skin look 10 years younger.
- Keep skin cells moist
When your body’s tissues lack moisture, they shrink and your skin loses its firm, shiny finish that reflects light so well. Nourish your skin and stay radiant with the hydrating properties of the Hyaluronic Collagen Mask. You will see noticeable results with improved skin tone and reduced wrinkles.
If your skin is peeling, peeling, red, or irritated, your body may not be producing enough lipid cells to retain moisture. Anti-aging skin treatments such as chemical peels and dry winter weather can make the problem worse. Use products like the Anti-Aging Liposomal Retinol Moisturizer to absorb the body’s natural moisture and stimulate collagen production.
- Drink water
Add a one-two punch to your skin care routine by hydrating from the inside out. Keep an insulated bottle of ice water close by at all times and keep it refilled throughout the day. Not only will you cut down on your daily intake of dehydrating drinks like soda and coffee, but you’ll also flush toxins and waste out of your system.
- Add water-rich foods to your diet
Plan your menu with foods high in antioxidants, low in salt and preservatives, and foods that tend to cause swelling and dry skin. Salmon, tuna, and salmon provide omega-3 fatty acids, while walnuts are rich in vitamin E and natural oils. Avocados and sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, and the high water content of cucumbers and watermelons make them ideal choices for local farmers markets.
- Protect from UV ray
As they say in sports, the best defense is a good offense, and the same applies to skin care. So be sure to get your sun protection strategy in order before the beach season begins. The goal is to minimize exposure to UVA and UVB rays, which cause wrinkles and age spots, while enjoying the sun and the outdoors as much as possible. Invest in clothing that protects against UV rays, such as long-sleeved shirts or rash guards, wide-brimmed hats, and loose-fitting pants. Wrap-around, polarized, non-reflective sunglasses with a UV rating of 400 or higher will reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts from the sun. Use an SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen and apply it regularly to exposed areas.
- Get your daily dose of Vitamin C
We have long known that vitamin C is essential for growth and repair of the body. Benefit from the inside out with Vitamin C Serum, a collagen booster and skin brightener that exfoliates and prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Antioxidant protection fights free radical damage and accelerates cell turnover to reduce under-eye circles and uneven pigmentation.
- Reduces inflammation and stress
Extracted from the argan nut of southwestern Morocco, this oil has taken the skincare world by storm with its antioxidant, essential fatty acid, vitamin and mineral content. It’s not greasy, but the rich Argan oil restores stressed skin, hair and nails. It is especially effective in treating split ends, damaged cuticles, eczema, and psoriasis.
Make it a rule to remove your makeup before bed with a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. Alpha to Omega+ Sherbet Cleansing Balm melts into a light oil with antioxidants and stem cell extracts to cleanse and hydrate your skin.
- Pamper your eyes
The first signs of aging, such as crow’s feet and puffiness, are most noticeable around your eyes. Before applying makeup, apply a small amount of Perfection Eye Serum around the eyes for all-day firming and brightening. Herbs and antioxidants enhance natural collagen production, making it more flexible and firm.
The connection between happiness, health and longevity is not surprising, but numerous studies show that optimism can lead to a more youthful appearance. Harness the power of positivity in your daily work by taking time to laugh with friends and colleagues and taking a half-full perspective on problem-solving.
Written by Ann Gibson for Matcha with Ebanel.