9 Tips For Healthy, Younger-Looking Skin at Any Age!

healthy skin

You know the saying “beauty is only skin deep”? Well, that may well be when referring to personalities…but when it comes to ACTUAL skin…it goes much deeper. Studies have shown that 80% of skin aging is a result of external influences such as diet, lifestyle, pollutants and exposure to sunlight which lead to damage to skin cells. Just like our heart and our lungs…our SKIN is a major organ of our body and we need to take care of it to ensure it performs at it’s peak.

When your skin is healthy, you feel better and look younger. I have been trying SO hard lately to be better about caring for my skin, because let’s face it….I ain’t gettin’ any younger! :-)

Here are 9 of my favorite tips gleaned from around the web that will help you improve your skin and keep it healthy no matter if you are six, sixteen or sixty-six!  And by the way, these aren’t just for women, so men, pay attention too! :-)

 

Sunscreen

#1 Protect Your Skin From The Sun!

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats.

 

 

no smoking

#2 Don’t Smoke!

Smoking causes premature aging and yellowing of the teeth and skin. The tobacco that is released into the air dries out your skin, while the smoke you inhale constricts the flow of blood to blood vessels, therefore depriving your skin of essential nutrients that your body supplies.

There are also more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, and many of them trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. These are the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. Smoking or even being around secondhand smoke degrades the building blocks of the skin. The consequences include sagging skin and deeper wrinkles.
 

 

face cleanser

#3 Wash and Moisturize REGULARLY.

Recently the good folks at Mary Kay were kind enough to send me a whole box of goodies to try out which THANKFULLY included their TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set. This couldn’t have come at a better time because like I said above…I’ve really been making a concerted effort to treat my skin better. Since I barely can make time to take my makeup off at night, I especially liked that the TimeWise is Set is such a simple system. Just two steps.

Step 1 is an exfoliator that uses the key exfoliating ingredients which are used by dermatologists, to slough off dead skin and reveal more healthy-looking skin. Step 2 is a serum, containing vitamins, antioxidants and anti-irritants that helps nourish the skin revealed by Step 1! Makes sense!

Result: Reduces the appearance of fine lines, and refines pores. NICE! I just love how gentle it was on my face. Does anyone remember that horrible Apricot Scrub we used to use as teenagers? It was literally apricot pits ground up (and not too finely I might add) that we would then scrub our faces with! Yikes. The exfoliator was so gentle I didn’t even feel anything “abrasive” at all when I rubbed it in. When I rinsed it off I could feel some of it…enough to let me know there was something there working to get that dead skin off.

I also tried the TimeWise Repair™ Volu-Firm™ Eye Renewal Cream which is designed to “reawaken tired eyes and give them a lifted look.” It also targets lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, undereye bags, dark circles, crepiness and dry skin. It’s like they made it exclusively for me! :-) I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and, believe it or not, I HAVE seen a difference…which THRILLS me…because this is one of the areas I obsess about the most. The eyes ARE the windows to the soul after all. :-)

Oh…and I can’t forget to mention the really cool built-in applicator! You don’t even have to use your fingers to spread it on. You just squeeze a little out and swipe it on. I’m all for hands-free application!
 

 

sleep

#4 Get enough sleep.

While you rest, your body is hard at work repairing your skin. Without enough sleep, your skin is unable to repair daily damage.  The most important thing you can do for your skin may be getting a great night’s sleep. The ideal amount ranges from six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, time enough to move through the five phases of sleep.

By maintaining a regular sleep pattern, you will feel more energized and your skin will become more healthy and fresher looking.

I really need to take my own advice on this one!!
 

 

 

#5 Eat a Well-Balanced Diet.

You are what you eat. A diet of sugary foods and soda enters your blood stream and binds with protein molecules, which degrades collagen and elastic and can make your skin look wrinkled and saggy. Cut down on simple carbohydrates, increase your vitamin C intake, and when you’re craving something sweet, a small square of dark chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth and it includes antioxidants that can fight fine lines. WIN-WIN! :-)

Other foods high in anti-oxidants:

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
  • Nuts

 

 

drink water

#6 Drink lots of water (or at least enough).

Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the cells won’t function properly or at their best.

If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will also help rid the body and skin of toxins

I have been working REALLY HARD at this! And I’m happy to report I am up to 8 glasses a day! :-) Yay me!
 

 

fitness walking

#7 Exercise regularly. Even just a little helps!

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.

Exercise has also been shown to ease stress, and by decreasing stress, some conditions that can be exacerbated by stress can show improvement, including acne and eczema. (See Tip #9 below!)

Regular exercise helps maintain skin elasticity which prevents wrinkles. Even short 30-minute walks during lunch or taking the stairs can improve the look of your skin.
 

 

vitamins

#8 Take Your Vitamins

The ideal way to get the nutrients you need for a radiant complexion is eating a healthy, balanced diet. But taking an over-the-counter daily multivitamin with minerals can also help boost your nutrient intake. It’s also a good idea if you spend a lot of time outdoors or are exposed to high levels of air pollution and secondhand smoke.
 

 

relaxation

#9 Stop Stressing!

HA! This is like asking me to stop BREATHING…but I’m willing to try anything!

A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so emotions can be expressed through the skin just as stress can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety, or hypertension. Plus….when you’re under constant pressure, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which is extremely damaging to the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin looking youthful, and decreases your skin’s ability to repair itself.

Yoga anyone?? :-)

 


 

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Comments

  1. Holly Alzitoon says

    Thank you for posting this! I just turned 40 and I am concerned that I may need to add something extra to my skincare regime. I am interested in using an exfoliator – thought about buying an electric microdermabrasion kit but I think I would like to try the Mary Kay brand first. I remember that hideous apricot scrub… Thank you!

  2. Lisa Lascelles says

    I know you hear alot of this; but I have never used anything on my face but soap and water. My skin is starting too show signs of aging, I don’t like it, I want too stay young has long as possible so I would love to win this great gift package. Thank you

  3. ringthing says

    My skin is really dry esp in the winter. I add oil to my night time moisturizer, currently rose hip oil. My skin feels softer in the morning but I need a good eye cream, the MK sounds excellent. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  4. MichelleH says

    Sunscreen and smiles. Sunscreen to help prevent sun damage. Smiles to enjoy life. When the wrinkles appear, it’s much nicer to have joyous crinkles than frown lines. Both show the life you’ve lived. I would rather show how much I’ve laughed and smiled.

  5. Kristi says

    Wash your face morning and evening. Moisturize your neck as well as your face. I am a big fan of Mary Kay and have used the products ever since I started wearing make up -age 14 or so (my mom used Mary Kay)

  6. CB says

    BH
    At the end of each day when I want to just pass out before my nighttime routine (which includes washing my face of course) I try to remind myself that if someone offered me $1000 to stay awake for 5-10 more minutes, I would find the willpower! However, when I am too tired to motivate myself and that thought doesn’t get me to wash my face before bed, at least I have a pack of facial cleansing wipes on my night stand. I recommended them to everyone!

  7. Hannah Hicks says

    My best beauty tip is to take the vitamin biotin. It helps give your skin a healthy glow all year, and it also nourishes your hair and nails! I take it everyday to keep my skin looking great!

    Thanks for the great tips as well!
    -Hannah

  8. Jamie says

    Jillee, you may want to share this tip with your daughter. You have talked about her having some skin issues in the past. I have had a problem with breakouts over the last year and I have started mixing in 1 drop of lavender oil with my night cream. The oil has been keeping me from having ANY breakouts, plus my skin feels wonderful in the morning. The scent of the lavender also helps me sleep better, too!

  9. says

    I am fortunate that genetics play a large part in the fact that at 53 my skin looks 20 years younger. Thank you mom and Grandma. But I would also like to think that having them drum into my head at a early age to wash my face twice everyday and to use a moistuizer may have played a part in it. I have used Basis non-soap face wash for over 25 years and a good moisturizer (with spf now), every day. Seems to work!

  10. Melissa P says

    I like the witch hazel for cleansing, it doesn’t dry out my skin but, I am adding the extra moisturizer to my neck and upper chest (as well as my face) now that I’m in my 40′s. I love the MK Timewise Age-Defying moisturizer and will only use the MK Eye Make-Up Remover.

  11. Deb says

    I LOVE Mary Kay skin care and have used it mostly for 25 years. People usually can’t believe that I’m old enough to have a 22 year old son. However, I can’t afford to buy much more than the basics. I have tried to keep my face out of the sun and know it is important to drink water. Im terrible about washing my face at night. I can’t think of a good tip that hasnt been mentioned already but I love the reminders and tips that you have given!

  12. Josanne Mitchell says

    Well alot of my tips include what you already mentioned in this post. However, I would recommend Coconut Oil, I use it at nights as a moisturizer both on my face and all over my body. It leaves your skin beautiful and soft, I love it! Oh, another tip would be to exfoliate ever so often, I try to do it at least once for the week.

  13. Mikki Parkhill says

    I have used this system in the past and it is marvelous!! Limited income doesn’t allow me to indulge so I would love to win. I think the most important thing is to MAKE time for yourself and get all the dirt
    and grime of the day off and moisturize so the skin can breathe.

  14. Sally Benson says

    My best beauty tip is to use a clean white washcloth every day – never reuse! I have a huge stack of white washcloths used only for facial washing; I wash them in hot water with bleach – that way there are no bacteria left from the previous use.

  15. says

    Unfortunately unless you get a special type of sunscreen, the “store bought” kind can cause cancer and don’t help prevent wrinkles. That is a huge fallacy. Some commenters mention coconut oil. That has a natural SPF of 4 in it. And it has such huge antioxidant properties, so that is my go-to moisturizer for my face. I add essential oils. I also make my own homemade body butter.

    It seems that Mary Kay sponspored this blog post, but I would not put anything by MAry Kay on my face or skin, EVER. Because I want to avoid toxins. If you really want to have young looking skin, read the book “No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the ultimate guide to safe and clean cosmetics” by Siobhan O’Connor. You will throw away most of the items in your beauty kit.

    I am nearing 40 years old. People cannot believe I am that old because my skin is so young looking. It is because I don’t put toxins on it. I also take a ton of minerals, especially silica and a whole food supplement (any vitamin supplement that is not whole foods is not assimilated in your body so it is just a waste of money).

    So many fallacies going on, people don’t know what to believe. But study after study have proven that sunlight is GOOD for you, and that the rate of skin cancer is INCREASED in those who wear sunscreen. I don’t want those nanoparticles in my body. No thanks.

    • Misty says

      I couldn’t agree more with your reply. I think many of these suggestions are FABULOUS, but the products that are encouraged are not what I would use.
      I use botanically based products ONLY, and not just on my face…but on my entire body. Botanical and “Natural” are NOT the same. Poop is “natural”. I don’t want that on my body..
      As someone who is “in the biz” so to speak, here is my take on this post:
      1)Sunscreen – yep, it’s great. yep, it’s been known to contain ingredients that cause cancer. I would seek out a sunscreen that is not mass produced at every drug store in town. There ARE sunscreens out there that do not have cancer-donating properties.
      2)Don’t Smoke – can’t argue with that!
      3)Wash & Moisturize – Very Important, BUT – turn your product over and read the ingredients. Does it contain mineral oil? Mineral oil is a derivative of crude oil. NOT GOOD! Does it contain petroleum? Again, another derivative of crude oil. Also, the molecular structure of petroleum does not allow it to penetrate into your skin. Any product that contains petroleum sits on top on your skin instead of soaking in.
      4)Sleep – just do it. The laundry will wait and it REALLY helps your skin if you get enough sleep.
      5) Diet – WHOLE FOODS! If you can grow it, eat it. If you can afford organic, buy it. Not FDA organic – that’s not even really organic. Find a local farmer’s market and get to know your vendors.
      6)Drink WATER – Gatorade is not a supplement for WATER. DRINK WATER!
      7)Exercise – Just Do It – no endorsement from Nike here! :)
      8)Vitamins – It is important for your body to have vitamins and minerals. If you are eating a healthy diet and you do not have a genetic deficiency, you should not NEED a supplement. However, if it will make you feel better, do your research. An over the counter vitamin is a WASTE OF MONEY. Over the counter vitamins are mandated by the FDA to have a 3 year shelf life. Go into your cabinet and get your vitamins. Put them in a glass of room temperature water for 20 minutes. Whatever dissolves in those 20 minutes is what your body actually absorbs. Anything left over is JUNK and preservatives. Find yourself a good quality vitamin. Again, I only use botanical.
      9)Stop stressing – Life is short.

  16. says

    I too must cast my vote for coconut oil! I only use it at night but it leaves a nice soft feel and absorbs well, much better than I expected it to! I have never tried Mary Kay products, but would love to!

  17. Debbie says

    I use baby wipes to remove makeup, even mascara. Then I moisturize with organic coconut oil. I use the coconut oil as a makeup primer. Let it soak in first so you won’t be greasy all day. I have acne prone skin, even at 53 and have tried every product out there — even Proactiv. Baby wipes and coconut oil have cleared up my skin. I would like to try the Mary Kay eye cream, however.

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