My 5 Tips For Younger, Healthy Looking Skin
I’ve mentioned before that a common question I get asked quite regularly is always about my age. Nobody believes that I’m 28 when I give my age, which can be quite frustrating at times, but I know in the future it will be a good thing. I’ve always grown up with younger looking skin and facial features as I’ve always come across as younger than I am, which has been more of a hindrance than a good thing so far, but I know that will change in time.
Hardly any of you know this either, but I suffer from acne due to hormonal imbalance and food allergies, so even though I am able to hide those imperfections with make-up and Photoshop, I’m still very lucky that my skin is plump, soft, smooth, and clear around the problem areas. I’ve only developed one line on my forehead and I don’t have any wrinkles anywhere else, so despite having spots/pimples, my skin is, in my opinion, quite nice, thankfully.
I thought it would make sense for me to give you some of my tips that I follow to keep me looking younger for those of you who are interested. I know a lot of it is down to genes and I’m lucky in that department, but it’s also down to how you take care of your body. Your largest organ you have is your skin, and since it’s an organ, it needs a lot of care. For me this combines a mixture of external and internal elements, which count as my whole skincare routine for me. I hope it helps!
Have A Good Face Care Regime
One thing that I can’t stress enough is having a good face regime. It’s amazing how much this effects the outside appearance of your skin. For a while I wasn’t using anything decent and I wondered why my skin was looking dull, dry, and tired, while my pores were really large. I since changed to something that suits me and I haven’t looked back. Investing in good products that suit your skin type, leave your skin hydrated, and plump it up are what you need. They really treat and nourish the skin, making you look fresh, and younger at the same time.
I definitely recommend using an eye-cream too. I didn’t for quite some time, but since I started using one, I have noticed a huge difference. I’m not suggesting any particular skincare to you since everyone has their own preferences, but for me, it’s been about finding something suited to me, especially with natural and gentle elements in it as well. You must moisturise too though, you need a good moisturiser to really hydrate your skin. That’s hugely important and I can’t say that enough.
Another thing you probably might want to invest in sometimes is treatments. You can see what I mean on Nuriss for more information, but in the past I have had light chemical peels (not the ones where you’re red for days) and I’ve also had microdermabrasion treatments too. These have all gone a long way in helping my skin lose any red marks from acne, as well as smooth it out. I can definitely say that face treatments like this have been extremely helpful and not something you should shy away from if you really want to care for your skin. They can be expensive, but for me they were definitely worth it with my scarring.
Drink Lots Of Water
This one is kind of obvious isn’t it? If you don’t drink enough water, your body and your skin suffer with dehydration and it’s not pretty. I did mention this as my number 1 tip in my 5 lazy ways to stay healthy post and I will stand by it forever. I notice a huge difference in the plumpness of my skin and how it feels when comparing days I’ve drank a lot of water, and days that I haven’t. Make sure your water is filtered too as you don’t want to be taking in all that chlorine and those nasty chemicals. I do have one of those Bobble Bottles above and have been using them for over a year now. They filter the water as you drink, so it’s ideal.
Eat Good Fats And Nutritious Vegetables
In a world full of fast and processed foods, it’s easy to eat meals that aren’t very nutritious and are actually empty calories, so you really need to make sure that you eat your vegetables and good fats. I’m talking about avocado, coconut, nuts, dark green vegetables, carrots, etc. All of these are rich in omega 3 and vitamins which are important to your skin. Without these, not only does your body not get the nutrients it needs, but your skin suffers too. I can tell the difference daily if I haven’t eaten enough vegetables. I can say that carrots are one that affects me straight away. When I eat raw carrots, my skin glows.
Get Lots Of Sleep
Now this one is as obvious as water isn’t it? If you don’t get enough sleep, your skin looks dull and tired. It’s simple. I try to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night and it really shows on me if I don’t get that. Not only do dark circles appear under your eyes, but you can get more fine lines and wrinkles this way too. Your skin doesn’t have enough time to rest and heal when you don’t sleep enough, so it’s a huge important part of any beauty routine if you want to stay younger looking and healthy.
Go Outside, But Use Sun Cream
Since I work from home being a full time blogger, it can be so easy to forget to go outside sometimes and live like a hermit because you’re so engrossed in your work. I’ve learned the hard way with this as I recently found out I was vitamin D deficient, so I’m taking supplements. I now make sure that I go outside everyday though, even if it’s just for 20 minutes because your body and skin really need that natural daylight. If you go outside all the time, you must wear a sun cream on your face though as I know sun damage is the number one cause for premature ageing. Definitely don’t leave the house without sun cream on your face! You need to prevent those wrinkles as much as you can to keep you looking younger. Just don’t skip on going outside in general as it’s very important for our bodies.
I Don’t Smoke Or Drink Alcohol
These are rules that I have stuck to my entire life and it works for me. My mum is 50 herself (click here to see her photo) and she has never drank alcohol or smoked in her lifetime and she looks like she’s in her 30’s, so it’s not just me that I have as evidence that it ages you. A lot of people I knew during my school years started smoking and drinking from an early age and whenever I see them around town sometimes, there’s a significance age difference in our appearances (not meant in a rude way or offensively).
I’m not telling anyone what to do at all, but for me, avoiding smoking and avoiding drinking (obviously avoiding drugs too, that’s a no brainer) works at keeping your skin looking young. I know smoking dehydrates your skin a lot and creates wrinkles as well as dullness since it’s depleting your oxygen, so not only are there health benefits to not smoking, there’s appearance benefits too. Most people wont give up drinking entirely obviously, but I’d say moderation is better. Aimee Song from Song of Style, and the fitness model, Anna Nystrom, both don’t drink alcohol or smoke either and they look fantastic. It’s something to think about if you’re worried about ageing. I hope these tips help!