5 Keys to Youthful Skin

Everyone wants to have more youthful skin!. There are steps you can take to get beautiful skin without spending a fortune. Genetics influence the youthful looking skin of some lucky people, but that’s only one small part of the equation. A healthy lifestyle makes you feel good and look healthy. Where it’s especially noticeable is your skin. Take care of yourself, and you’ll be taking care of your skin. Make these 5 key things part of your lifestyle, and you’ll see a more youthful looking complexion.

1) Sunscreen

Yes, you’ve heard this before, but it’s so important for your skin’s well being–wear sunscreen. Use it every day, even if it’s cloudy, even If you spend most of your time indoors.

Sunscreens prevent sunburn and premature aging–the wrinkling, sagging, and leathery texture of the skin. And of course sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer. To thoroughly protect your skin, you want to use a full-spectrum sunscreen. That is, one that protects against the 2 types of UV rays–UVA and UVB.

UVA rays can pass through window glass, so even indoors, you’ll be susceptible the harm they cause. They can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays are the leading cause of sunburn –glass windows will protect you from UVB rays.

How does sunscreen help make and keep your skin more youthful looking?
It helps to prevent brown spots and skin discolorations, reduce redness and blotchiness, and slows down the development of wrinkles. 90% of wrinkles are caused by the sun’s UVA light. Free radicals — like the kind formed by exposure to the sun– damage the membrane of skin cells, potentially allowing damage to the DNA of that cell.

2) Diet

Beauty truly does come from within. A well-balanced diet can make loads of difference in the appearance of your skin. What you eat becomes a part of not only your insides, but also the outer part of your body as well–your skin. The healthier the foods that you consume, the better your skin will look.
So put down the cookies and pizza and try to stick to a well balanced diet. You want your plate to look like a rainbow. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables, whole grains, “good fats” and lean meats and fish will help beautify your skin.

Add “super-foods” to your diet. These contain large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties that benefit overall skin health
Some fruits and vegetables with a “high antioxidant capacity” include blueberries, blackberries, plums, artichokes, beans (black, red, and pinto), prunes, and pecans.

3) Sleep

It’s during the nighttime, when you’ve ‘powered down’, that your skin has a chance to repair and rejuvenate itself. You need to get deep sleep, so that your skin can undo the damage that occurred during the day, whether it was from the sun or other environmental factors. Also, sleep deprivation causes stress. When cortisol is released because you’re stressed, it can cause skin to age prematurely.

Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and dark, and use it only for sleeping and sex. Try to sleep on your back. This will prevent creases on your face, and allow your skin to “breathe” while you’re sleeping.

4) Quality Beauty Products

Above and beyond sunscreen, you should use beauty treatments that contain quality ingredients. Science has made discoveries that benefit skin in very sophisticated ways. There are serums, cleansers and creams that can do wonders for the look and feel of your skin. You owe it to yourself to use the best products on the market. Why not use the science behind these innovative products? Sure these products may cost more, but the research behind them and the ingredients that they contain make them worth the extra cost.

5) Water

If you’re not getting enough water, it shows on your face. It looks dry, dull and droopy. Good hydration keeps your skin looking healthy and younger.
You should drink 8 glasses of water per day. In addition to keeping cells hydrated, water helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out, leaving skin looking better.

So there you have it, 5 keys to youthful looking skin. When you develop good habits with regards to eating, hydrating, exercise, sleep and sunscreen you can see noticeable improvement in your skin. A healthy lifestyle will be rewarded with soft smooth skin that glows radiance and vitality.

by Derek