Keep your skin from looking like the Crypt Keeper’s with these HW tips
Getting old — and more so, LOOKING old — is a tantamount fear of many a human. Aging gracefully is something we all strive for. It seems that while we value the wisdom of our elders, we admire the beauty of our youth; therefore, looking younger is something vied for by most.
But it’s tough to avoid the stresses, environmental factors and simple chronology that causes that first wrinkle to show up … and then the second … and then those stress lines on your forehead …
So how with all these factors contributing to our aging every day, how do we stay looking fresh naturally? A good place to start is making sure you get your beauty sleep. A study published last year in a British medical journal showed that people who have had a restful night’s sleep are perceived as more attractive and healthy. (Check out our story on beauty sleep for more.)
Nutrition also contributes to the health of your skin. Generally speaking, a well-balanced diet full of fruits and veggies will do wonders for your complexion. Your inner health, or lack thereof, often is expressed on your skin — talk about inner beauty! Foods like carrots, spinach and yes, even chocolate (of the dark variety) are good for your skin. (Click here to learn of more skin-nurturing foods.)
The sun is another factor in aging skin. Though sunshine is a great source of vitamin D, which is crucial to our systems, overexposure to the sun can wreak havoc on your complexion. Be sure to use plenty of protection when hanging out in the sun for long periods of time. And yes, that means year-round, not just in the summer. (For more sun protection tips, click here.)
And then, of course, there’s the search for magic in a jar. According to a springtime report from research company Mintel, though 69% of consumers believed how you age is mostly genetic, many still opt to shop for and use anti-aging products in an effort to reverse the signs. “At age 25, many people are likely beginning to see the first signs of aging and want to prevent further signs,” stated Kat Fay, Mintel’s senior beauty analyst. “Through middle age, they are trying to reverse the signs; and after age 55, they are likely more resigned to aging and less inclined to spend.”