Dermatologists share top 10 healthy habits to keep skin youthful.

If you’re starting to feel that your skin isn’t as youthful and energetic looking as it used to be, here are some great tips to stop the ageing process and turn things around.

Incorporate these healthy habits to keep skin youthful and feel like a younger you in no time.

Many things can cause damage to your skin over the year such as sun exposure, your diet, and stress.

Reducing these things in your day-to-day life can be a game-changer.

Check out our top 10 healthy habits to keep skin youthful for years to come:

1) Protect yourself from the sun

This is the Number One most important thing you can do to maintain healthy and youthful skin. UV rays damage DNA and deteriorate the collagen in your skin, which results in premature signs of ageing. Even on cloudy days, always use a cream with at least an SPPF of 30 or more.

2) Keep your Skin Clean (using a quality cleanser)

Use a gentle cleanser made for your skin type to remove excess dead skin, sweat, makeup and dirt. The accumulation of these things on your face makes for dull and tired-looking skin.

3) Use a Cream or Serum containing Retinol

Using a cream or serum that contains retinol accelerates the cellular renewal of your skin. You need to start slow with a retinol cream if you aren’t using one now. It exfoliates your skin to reveal healthier youthful-looking skin but it can first feel dry and irritated and maybe even peel a bit. Use it 2-3 times a week to start and build up to using it daily. If you stick with it you should see some real results within 4-6 weeks.

4) Give your Skin a Drink

Drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day keeps your body functioning at its best, both inside and out. If you aren’t already drinking 1.5 litres a day start drinking more water and you’ll notice a big difference in the look of your skin. Keep this habit up and not on;y will you feel better, you’ll look younger. For additional help, apply a moisturizer that’s specifically designed for your skin type, especially for areas exposed to the sun.

5) Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

What you put into your body is reflected on your outside. Eat foods rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. Avoid fatty or sugary foods when you can. Drinking and smoking also affect the ageing of your skin, causing wrinkles to appear more quickly as they break down the skin’s elastic fibres. Exercise is also extremely beneficial to maintaining youthful skin. Why not some morning yoga moves like Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations? They improve circulation and they also feel really good – which leads to the next point in the list – Reducing Stress!

6) Reduce the Stress in your Life

Stress is a big contributing factor to ageing skin. If you’ve had a stressful event in your life, you may well look back and notice how it aged you. Try some relaxation methods such as meditation, yoga, or even just a walk. Reducing the stress in your life reduces the chances of building those worry lines.

7) Get More Sleep

We all need more hours in the day and often the only way to find those hours is to wake up early or stay up late. On average, an adult needs eight hours of sleep every night – I know – sounds almost impossible. But getting enough sleep makes a difference in the amount of energy you’ll have to get things done, it will also help maintain beautiful and youthful skin.

8) Be Discerning

Make sure you pick quality beauty products for cleaning, moisturizing and protecting your skin. Talk to the professionals at The Gentle Touch to find which products are the best match for and to help you get and maintain your youthful-looking and healthy skin.

9) Book a Microdermabrasion appointment

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that removes the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveals younger, healthier-looking skin. It also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance. Learn more about Microdermabrasion. And/or, book one with us today.

10) Book a Photo Facial

Photo Facials (also known as Photorejuvenation) are cosmetic laser treatments designed to produce younger and healthier-looking skin reducing the visible signs of sun damage, time, and lifestyle choices appearing in your complexion. With the use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, dramatic improvements can now be accomplished with little or no downtime and with very minimal discomfort. Learn more about Photo facials. And/or, book one with us today.

If you’re not sure whether a Photofacial or Microdermabrasion is best for you? Contact us so we can help you decide.