Like mama always said, it's never too soon to start taking care of your skin (thanks mom, I owe you one), which for me meant an eye cream addiction that started at the age of 18 and the eventual incorporation of daily sunscreen a few years later. But no matter what age you happen to be, there are a few simple things we can all do to help us look and feel our best. Many of these are pretty obvious, but I figure a gentle reminder never hurt anyone... which is exactly how mama-bear eventually got me onto the sunscreen. #Persistence
1. MOISTURIZE, WELL, EVERYTHING.I've grown up believing that the foundation of good skincare is a good moisturizer, which I've since expanded to include eye cream and serums. Basically anything you can do to keep your skin hydrated and elastic will go a long way towards preventing fine lines (which, when you're young, are basically just dehydration lines) and eventually wrinkles. But when I say slather on the moisturizer, I don't mean stopping at your face— if you want to avoid looking older than you are, be sure to include your neck, chest, hands, elbows and knees in your moisturizing routine. Those areas always give away a person's age (not-so-fun fact: the neck loses elasticity faster than any other part of the body) and can be hard to correct if neglected for too long.
2. COVER UP.The sun is great and all, but if you want to keep that skin of yours looking as fresh as possible, you're going to want to protect it by wearing sunscreen every day, avoiding prolonged sun exposure, and wearing sunglasses on the regular. Repetitive squinting in sunlight can lead to crows feet, while we all know the effects of sun-damaged skin. So slather on that sunscreen (don't forget your hands!), wear a hat, and seek out shade where possible— your skin will thank you.
3. HYDRATE, BUT AVOID STRAWS.Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside-out, just try to avoid drinking from straws if possible. The way your mouth puckers when drinking from them can create permanent vertical lines around your lips over time, so ditch the straw and drink straight from the cup instead. And in case you're a straw addict who needs more incentive for this one, it's also way more environmentally-friendly to avoid straws in general... so there.
4. GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP (JUST NOT ON YOUR FACE)Getting a solid six-to-eight hours of sleep each night can go a long way towards helping you look your best, but if you make a habit of sleeping face-down, you could be prematurely aging yourself. I'm definitely guilty of doing this from time to time, which inevitably leads to waking up with pillow creases on my face— not good. Over time, said pillow creases can turn into permanent wrinkles, so do yourself a favour and try to sleep on your back as much as possible.
5. FEED YOUR SKIN.And last but not least, a healthy diet filled with fruits, veggies and omega-rich proteins like salmon and nuts can go a long way towards keeping your complexion radiant and plump, so try to load up on the good stuff while avoiding refined sugars and processed foods. Sugar damages the collagen and elastin found in the skin, which are the very things that keep it looking youthful in the first place, so it's generally a good idea to avoid sugar as much as possible. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, this will probably be the hardest adjustment to make (have mercy!), but as long as you're eating more of the good stuff than the bad, that's a step in the right direction... xx
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