Getting back or preserving your skin’s youthful appearance is all about improving your complexion. This can be done by focusing on restoring and slowing down the breakdown of your skin’s elasticity, firmness, hydration and plumpness.
While aging skin is generally taboo, know that it is a natural process of life and laugh lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging are beautiful too. Nevertheless, we want to focus on keeping your skin as healthy as possible, with the added benefit of looking younger.
Here are some all-natural ways you can promote youthful skin and prevent premature aging:
1. Be happy
As we all know, stress, especially chronic stress, negatively affects our physical and mental wellbeing, and our skin is no exception. It’s important to reduce stress because cortisol, the hormone our body creates under stress, dulls our complexion by breaking down collagen.
As we age, our skin creates less collagen, so it’s important to optimize collagen production by caring for ourselves the best way we can. Stress is essentially a mental issue that carries over into our physical body so it’s important to live a life that makes you happy, while having the right tricks up your sleeve to adapt and manage stress, thus keeping those cortisol levels down!
Do things that make you happy, where possible, as much as possible. Hug your loved ones regularly, treat yourself to a good meal on difficult days and don’t beat yourself up over any extra calories, take a moment to enjoy the morning sun, talk to your support system when things get overwhelming, indulge daily in self-care rituals, etc. Happiness is a choice, and a proactive one at that, so choose happiness and get that youthful glow.
A simple but often overlooked skincare practice is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. If you’re wondering how much water you should be drinking, simply half your body weight (in pounds) and drink that amount in ounces. So for example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should be drinking at least 60 ounces of water daily.
That coveted youthful glow is partially thanks to plump skin with a healthy moisture barrier that our body gets from adequate hydration. Don’t forget to pair your water with an adequate amount of minerals and electrolytes which you lose from sweat and exercise.
There’s a reason why our skin glows after exercise. Apart from toxins coming out and increased circulation (hello all-natural pink flush), inflammation is lowered as collagen-breaking stress and cortisol is lowered due to the release of endorphins. Exercise overall makes our skin look younger, so if you haven’t prioritized exercise as a regular habit, know that your skin health benefits greatly from it.
4. Eat Skin-Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Here we are again with inflammation and bad skin. Where diet is concerned, following a skin-healthy anti-inflammatory diet could help turn back the clock on prematurely aged skin.
Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, leafy greens, turmeric, and skin-plumping antioxidant rich essential fatty acids like fish oil. All these foods, and a healthy varied whole foods diet provides the body with the necessary antioxidants to combat free-radicals that age our skin faster.
On the other side of an eating an anti-inflammatory diet, is to restrict or eliminate inflammatory foods, which could negate your healthy efforts. Trans fats found in fried and packaged foods, alcohol, sugar and refined carbs are all inflammatory foods best avoided to keep skin looking young.
5. Use Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a popular vitamin marketed for immunity, but this vitamin is also well known for its beautifying benefits. Vitamin C stimulates our skin to create collagen and protects existing collagen from breaking down.
Lucky for anyone looking to eat their way beautiful, Vitamin C is present in most brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Have yourself a serving of bell peppers, berries, mangoes, lemons and limes for a daily vitamin C kick. Take it a step further by applying Vitamin C to your skin to reap all the collagen-boosting and youth promoting benefits of this beautifying vitamin.
6. Incorporate Collagen
Collagen is having a moment in the beauty industry right now and for good reason: supplementing with collagen has shown improvement in overall skin hydration, elasticity, and density, meaning collagen genuinely improves skin health from the inside out and those supplementing with collagen can look forward to more youthful looking skin.
There are many professional opinions on how many hours of sleep an individual should get, but generally we recommended getting in a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep every night and to not have a bedtime past midnight in order to reap all the skin-restoring benefits of a good night’s rest.
The logic behind this is you want to work with your body’s natural circadian rhythm, and not against it. Staying up late disrupts the natural release of your sleep hormone, melatonin, and results in producing more skin-aging cortisol.
Have you got any youthful skin health tips? Share them in the comments below! And for anybody looking to promote youthful skin, we’ve got the anti-inflammatory and skin plumping supplements you need for that fresh and youthful appearance. Try our Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum, Turmeric with Ginger and Omega 3 Fish Oil , all of which work synergistically together towards your best skin.