The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin.(Stop Skin Aging)
Protect your skin from the sun every day.(Stop Skin Aging)
Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with sun-protective clothing — such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection — and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing. For more effective protection, look for clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
If you smoke, stop.
Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion. Skin that is damaged by tobacco smoke typically has a greyish, wasted appearance, and can be affected in several ways. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk of premature wrinkling. One explanation for this is that smoking increases the production of an enzyme that breaks down collagen in the skin, causing it to sag. Collagen is the main structural protein of the skin and is essential for the skin’s elasticity.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
Drink less alcohol.
Alcohol is rough on the skin. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages the skin. This can make us look older. If your face flushes when you drink, you may have some degree of rosacea. This common skin condition causes your face — especially your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead — to turn red. Drinking alcohol can sometimes trigger a rosacea flare. Some studies show alcohol might raise your odds of getting rosacea if you don’t already have it.
Exercise most days of the week.
Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more youthful appearance.
Cleanse your skin gently.
Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate your skin. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating your skin.
Wash your face twice a day and after sweating heavily.
Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin, so you want to wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.