Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin as You Age

You’ve been told it your whole life: wear some sunscreen! Shielding your skin from harmful UV rays is the highest priority, however, there are other important steps you should be taking to protect your skin.

Minimize sun exposure

The biggest offender to our skin is also one of our dearest friends. You don’t have to completely eliminate your naps in the sun. Simply lather on the sunscreen (yep, I’m going to tell you one more time), throw on some shades, and limit the time you are directly exposed. The sun gives you all sorts of good health benefits (your body loves that serotonin!) but within reasonable amounts.

Stay adequately hydrated

It’s extremely easy to be dehydrated without even realizing it. Water is essential for absorbing nutrients, flushing out toxins, and keeping your skin nice and plump. Dehydration leads to dry and itchy skin, so in the words of your old university pals: drink up.

Avoid washing with hot water

Don’t use hot water directly on your skin- it strips away the good oils, leaving you with dry, flaky skin. No thank you!

Use moisturizer regularly

It’s reasonable to be skeptical of moisturizer if you struggle with oily skin. But the truth is, if you have oily skin, it means you need a good moisturizer even more so! Your skin produces a lot excess oil when trying to make up for being so dehydrated.

Eat a diet rich in antioxidants

Healthy skin comes from the inside. Foods dense in antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals. These foods include: Pinto beans, blueberries, and artichokes. A well-balanced, nutritious diet will shine from the inside out.

…Drink wine?

Here comes the good news: a glass of red wine has been proven to increase skin elasticity and help boost collagen. So you can sit peacefully with your glass of cab, hey! It’s all in the name of health.

If you liked this guide to healthy skin, be sure to check out our other health and wellness posts on our Teddycan blog. Cheers to healthy living!

 

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