Who doesn’t want to stay young forever? Unfortunately, no one has found the Fountain of Youth yet. (And let’s be real: If someone did find it, they probably wouldn’t share). That means it’s up to you to take care of your body — skin included.
Anti-aging treatments for skin are all the rage, but the best tactics to reduce premature wrinkling are lifestyle-related remedies. Here are our top five tips for keeping your skin young and smooth, courtesy of our experts at Integrated Body and Medicine.
1. Protect your skin from sun damage
The No. 1 thing you can do every single day to keep your skin young is apply sunscreen.
It’s a hard truth: Sun exposure temporarily makes you look younger and healthier because of its tanning effects. Who doesn’t love a good glow? But over time, exposure to the sun’s powerful rays catches up to you, and all the effects of photoaging come out.
Wearing sunscreen daily can reduce your risk of premature wrinkling by a lot. Plus, sunscreen reduces your risk of developing skin cancer — way more important than aesthetics, and reason enough to wear sunscreen every day.
2. Protect your skin from your device screens
Turns out, light from sources other than the sun can speed up photoaging, too. Scientists and doctors have begun to realize that the blue light that comes from the screens on phones, computers, TVs, and tablets can contribute to skin aging.
You can protect your skin from high-energy blue light by using skin care products that contain antioxidants, iron oxides, and DNA repair enzymes. Physical UV blockers, like mineral-based sunscreens, can also help reflect blue light and keep it from penetrating your skin.
3. Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated
“You are what you eat” definitely applies to your skin. Great skin starts from the inside out, meaning a healthy diet rich in skin-friendly antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals — and adequate water intake — should be one of the first steps you take to prevent wrinkles.
If you have trouble getting enough fruits, veggies, and other nutrient-dense foods every day, a regular schedule of IV nutrient therapy may be in order. Alkaline water, which is high in hydrating electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium, can help you stay hydrated.
4. Get enough sleep
Sleep is your skin’s best friend. Without enough of it, your skin will suffer short-term effects like dullness, puffiness, redness, and crepiness. Long term, lack of sleep might contribute to premature wrinkles and fine lines.
A big part of getting quality sleep is investing in a mattress that works for you, not against you. That’s why Integrated Body and Medicine offers the Level Sleep® mattress, which molds to your body and sleeping position to relieve pain, increase comfort, and improve sleep.
5. Moisturize your skin
In addition to sunscreen, a daily moisturizing lotion should be part of your anti-aging skin care routine. Morning or night, an antioxidant- and emollient-rich facial moisturizer and body lotion can keep your skin soft, supple, and youthful.
Do you want to learn more about skin-friendly habits and treatments that can keep you young? Schedule an appointment at Integrated Body and Medicine today by calling our Highland, Indiana, office or by booking an appointment through our online system.