Most women know how it feels to be bombarded with ads for every cream and serum under the sun. After a while, this can be overwhelming and, if you’re the kind to try new things often, expensive. Skin goes through obvious changes with age, but there are some things you can do to keep it looking bouncy and fresh for a long time.
Not only will these tips keep you looking youthful, they’ll help protect your skin and keep it healthy and safe. A well-maintained skincare routine can help clear up a blotchy complexion, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, give you a brighter complexion, and, most importantly, reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Here’s how to take care of your skin as you get older.
Quitting smoking benefits just about every part of your body almost immediately. In addition to lasting effects on your lung health, smoking affects your skin. It can lead to a dull, dry complexion, loss of firmness, and premature wrinkles.
A healthy diet benefits your body inside and out. In addition to promoting heart health, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats help your skin get that healthy glow.
We call it beauty rest for a reason!
Sun protection is vital if you want younger-looking skin, which also makes tanning beds a no-go. All the creams and serums in the world won’t help your skin look younger if you don’t use sun protection. Staying in the shade and covering up are helpful, but don’t forget your sunscreen. Many beauty brands like CeraVe make sunscreens for daily use that are specially formulated to protect your skin without being irritating. The option below doubles as a moisturizer, and CeraVe offers tinted options as well if you like a little coverage. Don’t forget on overcast days, either!
Use cleanser and warm water to clean your face and pat dry with a soft towel. Be careful about scrubbing your face or even using exfoliating scrubs. These can sometimes cause microabrasions—tiny scratches on the surface of your skin—and do more harm than good. Try a mild cleanser instead of regular soap, which can be harsh on your skin. CeraVe offers a hydrating option that’s great for delicate older skin.
Skin becomes finer and drier with age. A good moisturizer like this brightening one from Neutrogena can help trap water in the skin, keeping it looking bouncy, fresh, and youthful. You’ll be surprised what moisturizing in the morning and at night before bed can do for your skin! Don’t forget about the rest of your body, either—after all, skin is your body’s largest organ! Nivea’s Intense Healing line is a great option for dry skin, especially in the winter when you need a little extra TLC. (Plus it’s on sale for $5 at time of writing!)
Many people experiment with different products before finding a routine they like. Some people prefer basic routines, while others enjoy hour-long, multi-step routines. Experiment and figure out what gets your skin glowing! If you want to mix it up and pamper yourself a little extra, try throwing a sheet mask into your routine and enjoy the extra hydration and glowing skin.