Aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to look your age. The secret to turning back time could be as simple as developing common-sense healthy habits that will keep you looking young and vibrant for much longer, including caring for your complexion and treating your body right. Follow these six tips to reboot your lifestyle, and you’ll be well on your way to revitalized skin.
Who said the Fountain of Youth was only a myth? Drinking lots of water every day helps you look and feel your very best. Water plays an essential role in just about all your body’s natural processes, including the removal of toxins. Of course, water also promotes healthy, moist, supple skin. You’ve probably noticed fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent when you are dehydrated. If you have trouble remembering to drink water throughout the day, look for free phone apps that track water intake and send you helpful reminders when it’s time to sip.
There’s a good reason the adage “You are what you eat” became so common. Feeding your body the high-quality nutrients it needs will give you more energy and give you a healthy glow from head to toe. If you have trouble finding the motivation to eat a balanced diet, wanting to look younger may be exactly the push you need. Eating better doesn’t have to be complicated. The key is choosing whole, unprocessed foods and eating plenty of fresh, colorful produce. And remember, variety is the spice of life, so don’t be afraid to mix it up. Incorporating a broader range of foods in your diet will keep your palate stimulated and ensure you never get bored.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
As residents of the Sunshine State know, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of the sun’s warming rays on your skin. But when it comes to sun exposure, it’s all too possible to have too much of a good thing. The UV rays from the sun can easily damage your skin, causing telltale signs of aging like discoloration, uneven tone, and fine lines. Every time you go outside — yes, even if it’s overcast — get in the habit of applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. And don’t only apply sunscreen to your face. For maximum anti-aging benefits, don’t overlook areas like your neck, chest, and hands. Dermatologists say most adults need about one ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
Regular exercise stimulates the blood flow throughout your body, giving your skin a healthy glow. If you think you don’t have time to fit in a longer workout, find time to get up during the day and take a walk around the block. Even a brisk 10- or 15-minute walk can make you work up a sweat and increase your heart rate enough to do you some good.
Few things age your skin more rapidly than cigarette smoking. The toxins in cigarettes are incredibly harmful for a variety of reasons, one of the most significant of which is the quality and appearance of your skin. Smoking causes poor circulation, which thins the skin and makes lines and wrinkles more prominent. The habit also leads to a sharp decrease in collagen and elastin, two proteins that are necessary to keep the skin firm and youthful.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
We live in a fast-paced world, but you shouldn’t let stress take over your life. Anxiety and worries flood your body with a hormone called cortisol, which eventually causes you to age more rapidly. You can take positive steps to de-stress your life by learning how to meditate. Meditation has a host of benefits for your lifestyle, including teaching you how to appreciate the present moment, rather than focusing on factors you can’t control.
Enjoy Your Healthy Lifestyle Even More
In addition to these easy tips to slow the signs of aging, Stephan Surgical Arts is here to help you feel more confident with our range of aesthetic procedures, including some of the most popular minimally invasive treatments for revitalizing skin’s youthful appearance. If you are looking for ways to boost the healthy lifestyle you already enjoy, contact us online or book your virtual consultation today.