It’s no surprise that your body goes through many changes as you age. But perhaps the most noticeable are the changes to your skin.
Starting as early as your 30s, you may begin to develop wrinkles or experience dry, dull skin. Reversing these signs of aging and preventing even more from occurring means adapting your skincare routine to meet your skin’s needs.
If you want to prevent the signs of aging or perhaps reverse the damage you’re already experiencing, keep reading to learn three important tips.
1. Prioritize Protection From the Sun
The effects of sun damage during your teens and 20s can begin to catch up at any time. UV damage to your skin can manifest as increased dryness and even changes to your skin’s collagen. The latter can cause you to develop premature wrinkles and fine lines.
You can’t go back and reverse the sun exposure that you put your skin through in your younger years. But you can make a change today to prevent future damage. Applying sunscreen daily, even if you don’t plan to spend an extended period outdoors or on days that are overcast, can help prevent further UV damage.
Opt for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, as well as an SPF of at least 30. If your skin is particularly perceptible to sunburns or if you use skincare products that increase your skin’s sensitivity, you should opt for a higher SPF. Keep in mind that sweat and water can wash away your sunscreen, so you should reapply often on days when you’re active or when you’ll be swimming.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
As we age, cell renewal in our skin begins to slow. That, in addition to our skin producing less natural oil and that sun damage we mentioned above, leaves your skin drier year after year. Rehydrating your body’s largest organ is key to keeping it youthful and radiant.
However, not just any moisturizer will do. The moisturizer you used in your 20s to avoid making your skin too oily or leading to a breakout might not be strong enough to combat your dryness today. An active hydration serum, rather than your standard drugstore moisturizer, is a better choice. A serum will help you lock in hydration that lasts all day, keeping your skin moisturized and comfortable through workouts, work, and everything in between.
Give Up Habits That Contribute to Aging Skin
Adding the right hydrating serum to your skincare routine and applying sunscreen daily can hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun. But you may have other habits that are also causing your skin to age more quickly than it should.
Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also cause premature aging. Smoking causes wrinkles and dulls your complexion, while alcohol dehydrates your skin, and, over time, can even damage it.
Alongside giving up these bad habits, adopting healthy ones, like eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water, can help keep your skin beautiful and radiant for years to come!
Caring for Your Skin at Any Age
We can’t go back in time to reverse the damage we caused our skin in previous decades. But you can make changes to your skincare routine and habits today that will help protect your skin. No matter your age, adding a hydrating serum and sunscreen to your daily routine and giving up a bad habit or two can do wonders for your skin, both now and in the future.