Some of these basic steps and practices will be useful while taking care of your skin in order to prevent aging.
Creams and lotions are quite helpful in moisturizing the outer skin
but they hardly penetrate the pores. Water naturally hydrates the skin
from within and prevents drying of the skin. Therefore, you need to
drink at least eight to ten glasses of water in order to maintain
supple and well-hydrated skin.
When handling detergents, do not use products containing harsh
chemicals such as Lauryl Sulfate, as they can strip oil and moisture
from the skin. Chlorine, as found in tap water, can also cause
oxidative damage on your skin. The best way to avoid harm from chlorine
is to avoid washing your face more than once a day, take less frequent
showers, and decrease the temperature of the water.
Premature skin aging can also be the result of excessive exposure to
ultraviolet light from the sun. Always apply sunscreen lotion on your
face and body when exposed to the suns rays, this can be highly
effective in protecting your skin from sunburn, skin aging and serious
conditions such as skin cancer. Sunglasses will protect the skin around
your eyes from harmful UV light so always remember to wear them when
out in the sun.
Regular exercises of the face stabilize the flow and circulation of
blood and oxygen in the skin. They also assist in the regeneration of
collagen (fibrous protein constituent of bone, cartilage, tendon, and
other connective tissue) giving the skin its elasticity, thereby
preventing wrinkles and revitalizing your facial skin.
Lack of sleep often results in the creation of dark circles and
puffiness around the eyes, eventually leading to wrinkles. Sleep helps
you to relax and naturally revitalizes the skin, so you should aim for
a minimum of eight hours of sleep per day. Remember to remove all
makeup thoroughly before going to bed, and always sleep with the face
up thereby minimizing the stretching effect of gravity on your skin.
Do not smoke. It contributes to premature wrinkling and sagging of
the skin. One study showed that some forty to fifty year olds who
smoked only during their teens and twenties, later experienced
excessive wrinkling. Smokers who quit did regain the color on their
cheeks but never lost their wrinkles. It is also believed that smoking
activates genes involved in the destruction of collagen.