Inevitably there will be changes to our skin as we age but have you ever wondered why some people of a certain age still have glowing skin and few if any wrinkles whereas others of the same age look more haggard? Yes genetics plays a part, also health, hormones and lifestyle. What we need to do is give ourselves the best chance of keeping our skin as young looking as possible for as long as possible.
Natural signs of aging include the development of fine lines and wrinkles, thinner more transparent skin, loss of fatty tissue and elasticity of the skin. It is collagen that gives our skin its elasticity and over time we produce less and less which of course results in saggy and loose skin. One of the secrets to retaining your youthful looks as long as possible lies in keeping moisture levels up. Moisturizing your skin helps to promote glowing skin.
However, no matter how dedicated you are to your beauty routine or how much you spend on beauty products or how often you apply them, unless you are truly an exception to the rest of us, to slow down the aging process and promote glowing skin you will also need to consider what you put into your body too.
Your skin needs certain nutrients in order for it to function properly and if you provide your body with what it needs you have a better chance of retaining your youthful looks. Any deficiency of nutrients is likely to show up in your skin and pretty quick too. As your skin is constantly regenerating it needs a constant supply of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. One offs won’t work.
You also cannot have glowing skin if your skin is not properly hydrated. You can tell if your skin isn’t getting enough moisture as it will appear dry, feel tight after washing and will look dull.
Factors which dry out your skin:
- Oil glands not providing enough lubrication, possibly by over use of soap or by washing in too hot water which dries the skin out
- Repeated exposure to wind, heat, cold or the sun or even air conditioning systems which can strip the moisture from the air
- Use of products containing harsh chemicals, including perfume and alcohols in beauty products
- Some health conditions such as an under active thyroid can dry out the skin as can skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema
- Poor diet and resultant nutritional deficiencies
Obviously the answer to glowing skin lies in doing what you can to correct these points.
3 simple steps to glowing skin
First of all you need to eliminate anything that is going to dry out or stress your skin from the outside, which may involve making a few lifestyle changes. Check the ingredients in any products you buy. Avoid prolonged or repeated exposure to the elements. Stop smoking.
Secondly it is advisable to adopt a regular beauty routine to care for your skin on the surface. At the very least your skin routine should include exfoliating to remove dead skin cells, cleansing, toning to remove the last traces of dirt and grime and then of course you have to replace the moisture with a good moisturizer.
Thirdly and perhaps most importantly you need to carefully consider what you eat and drink as this will very quickly show up in your skin. Ok so you don’t need to be obsessive about it, the odd glass of wine and indulgence won’t do any harm but a good balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and at least 8 glasses of water a day is essential.
Following the three simple steps will give you a fighting chance of being able to look in the mirror and see yourself with glowing skin but there is something else that you can try which will not only help you on your way to a beautiful complexion but will bring you countless other health benefits too.