Great skin doesn’t happen overnight.  It is a work in progress.  If you want clear, youthful looking skin later in life then start working on it now.

You Are Not My Sunshine

Stay out of the sun.  One of the best (and safest) things you can do to prevent signs of aging is to protect it from the sun.  Harmful UVA and UVB rays can cause wrinkles, pesky dark spots and possibly future cases of skin cancer.  Use a daily, non-pore clogging SPF with a rating of 30 or higher to keep the rays at bay.  Plying your skin with a Vitamin C and E rich anti-oxidant serum will keep your skin looking good for years to come.

P.S. It’s a myth that the sun’s rays can clear up acne.  It might work initially but shortly after the reverse becomes true and the sun can aggravate the skin and cause it to break out even more.

Bad Skin & the Possible Culprits

What you eat contributes a lot to your skin’s appearance.  So take a look at what you are putting into your body and possibly revise your diet.

  • Diet soda and refined sugars can create an insulin imbalance. Take it down a notch and watch your skin clear up in a few weeks.
  • Dairy consumption can lead to acne. Cow’s milk and cheeses are loaded with hormones which create and imbalance in your body and then the pimples pop out.
  • Gluten may be another factor as it can disrupt the digestive system. Eliminating wheat-based foods for weeks at a time can reduce the inflammation.  Instead opt for foods high in fatty acids with Omega-3’s and 6’s like avocado, blueberries, salmon and kale to create great skin.
  • Smoking is another way to ensure premature aging in your skin.  It can make complexion gray or yellow, cause wrinkles around the mouth and erase that youthful glow, so stop smoking now.

Just the Basics

It may seem overly simple but doing something as basic as instilling a skincare routine using a daily moisturizer and washing your face (morning and night) with a gentle cleanser can make your skin look fantastic in a very short amount of time.  When skin is high in moisture content the cells line up and skin looks rosier and healthier.   Add a serum and retinol cream to increase your chances of having younger looking skin.  Stick to products that work for you and try not to be swayed by fads.  Exfoliating a few times a week with a brush or scrub will remove dead skin cells and create a fresh complexion.

Having a youthful glow, fresh face or blemish and wrinkle free skin takes time and forethought.  It doesn’t have to be complicated but it does have become routine.