Beauty may only be skin deep, but everyone wants to look their best no matter their age. Try these five at-home tips to help maintain younger-looking skin and fight wrinkles.
Wash your face before you go to bed. Dirt, bacteria and makeup left overnight irritates skin, clogs pore and causes breakouts. Use a gentle face wash at night. If your skin feels too dry in the morning, refresh it with warm water or apply a light moisturizer.
Wear sunscreen. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass. Putting on SPF 30 on a sunny day, regardless of season, will help protect your skin.
Manage stress. People under stress tend to neglect or abuse their skin. For example, they often lack the energy and motivation to adhere to their skin care regimens, and there also might be signs of stress-related behaviors — such as scratching, pulling or rubbing — that can exacerbate skin problems. Facial tension caused by stress creates frown lines.
Use a retinoid. Topical retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores and help eliminate blackheads and whiteheads, according the the University of Mississippi Medical Center. They also reduce oiliness and have been reported to speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin.
Eat Omega-3s. Essential fatty acids found in fish, seafood and some plant and nut oils help protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun. As an additional benefit, the American Heart Association recommends eating Omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
This article was originally published as Keep Your Skin Looking Young and Wrinkle-Free on DailyParent.com.