We live in a youth-obsessed society, there’s no way around that. Every product companies try to sell you, especially in the beauty industry, draws you in with that elusive promise of youth. Logically, we know youth doesn’t come in a bottle and you can’t pay £15 to be young again – but that doesn’t mean you can’t cheat nature and make use of some beauty secrets to look younger, for longer. If youth is your ultimate goal, here is how to get younger looking skin.
Stay out of the sun
The biggest and most important piece of advice you will ever receive in relation to keeping your skin looking young is to avoid the sun as much as possible. Do you know what happens, when you expose your skin to the sun, especially without proper protection? The tan you get is actually sun damage; the skin darkens as a way to protect itself from the harmful UV rays. You may think that because you haven’t burned, you’re fine, but that’s a very dangerous way to think about it.
As we mentioned earlier, the worst case scenario is developing skin cancer, but even if you don’t have a predisposition for that, the sun will damage your skin in multiple ways, the most obvious being the appearance of sun spots and premature wrinkles.
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- Slather yourself in sun cream
We cannot overstate the importance of sun cream, so make sure you use it every time you may be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. UV protection is no joke, so you should choose something with at least SPF 30, especially for the delicate skin on your face.
- Wear a hat
Hats have fallen out of fashion for some time, but it’s worth helping them make a come-back, because they can do wonders when it comes to sun protection. Not only does a hat protect your head, so you don’t get heatstroke, it also protects your face, and your eyes.
- Cover your shoulders
Shoulders are one of the most commonly burned areas on the body, because we tend to forget about them and leave them exposed. Make a point of covering your shoulders, especially if you’re at the beach.
- Don’t expose yourself during peak hours
The specialists all agree: stay out of the sun during peak hours. According to the NHS, that’s between 11am and 3pm for the UK during the summer, so that’s the time interval when you’re better off finding shade.
Pro tip:Don’t forget about gloves! They may seem overkill, but the quickest way to tell someone’s age is to look at their hands. Make sure yours are protected and not covered in sun spots – that’s one of the best tips if you want to know how to get younger looking skin.
Hydrate your skin
What is it about young skin that is so beautiful, fresh, and glowing? One word: hydration. As we get older, we lose that youthful quality, the glow and elasticity our skin used to have. But all is not lost – you can recover that effect through smart and diligent hydration.
- Drink plenty of water
You’re probably tired of hearing about the virtues of drinking water, but it really does work like a miracle product for your entire body. It helps keep you healthy inside and out, so there’s really no excuse for you to forgo the recommended daily water intake. The European Food Safety Authority sets that at 2 litres per day for women, so make a point to always keep a bottle of water handy and listen to what your body is telling you. If you’re thirsty we recommend to drink plenty of water. Keep it up for a few weeks and you will soon start seeing the results.
- Moisturise your skin
Let me just say this: everyone should use a moisturiser. Yes, even if your skin is oily. Dehydrated skin looks older, unhealthy and it lacks that glow of pure health that some people have. Not to mention that it favours the appearance of wrinkles, and that is the last thing you want.
Pro tip:If you find it difficult to keep up with the recommended water intake, use a tracking app. It tells you how much water you have left to drink and can even set off regular notifications to remind you to drink water.
You wouldn’t believe how important exfoliation is in one’s beauty routine. Skin cells die and regenerate, but you’ll never get to see that new, young layer of skin, if it’s buried underneath old, dead skin cells that make your complexion look drab, dry, and flaky. Once you remove that dead layer, you will discover the good skin you never knew you had! Give it a try, but remember to only do it a few times a week, and not every day, because you will end up irritating the skin, and doing more harm than good.
Use this technique in moderation, with the help of a damp cloth, an exfoliating brush, or even one of those specialised electric tools that are all the rage, lately. They’re essentially exfoliating brushes, but they have rotating heads that do all the work for you. All you need to do is move it to different areas on your face and your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom. The Silk’n Sonic Clean Plus is a hand held facial cleanser device that uses this same method to help skin looking younger and clearer.
Pro tip:Stay away from "home-made" exfoliating products that contain granulated sugar or salt. The crystals are sharply cut and have ragged edges that create thousands of microscopic lacerations on your skin that can later become infected. Ask a dermatologist before employing DIY methods.
Build a skincare regimen
How to get younger looking skin? With the help of skincare. Having a “skincare routine” may seem high-maintenance and a little decadent; who has time for that, right? You do. Or you should, if you want to look younger, for longer. Skincare technology has made some pretty exciting innovations in recent years, and there are now products that produce real, visible results.
- Anti-aging serums – These are typically overnight serums that contain hyaluronic acid. The active ingredients work during your hours of slumber so that you can wake up with fresher, younger skin.
- Collagen creams – Just like it says on the tin, these creams contain collagen, which is meant to fill in and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Firming products – An unfortunate effect of aging and gravity, is that skin isn’t as elastic anymore, and it tends to sag. This is where firming products come in: they tighten and firm your skin for a younger, healthier looking complexion.
Pro tip: When shopping for skincare, look for ingredients, not price. A hefty price tag does not guarantee results, but a high-quality active ingredient does, even if you buy it on the high-street. Do a little research and get used to reading labels, and you will not be disappointed. For more information check out our skin care range here at Lé Luna.