Skin-Deep: 5 Ways to Maintain Youthful Skin

Let's face it, we'll probably never discover a fountain of youth. The fact remains that our skin ages over time. While we cannot stop the process of aging, we can slow it down by offering our skin enough of what it needs in order to maintain a youthful appearance. Although the following ways can be beneficial to maintaining youthful skin, there are many more methods and ways of tweaking these methods to work with your daily life.

 

Drink Plenty of Water

One of the best but most underrated ways of maintaining youthful skin is by drinking enough water every day. Ideally, adults should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses (or 2 liters or half a gallon) of water each day. When we're dehydrated, our body pulls water from our internal organs, leaving our skin un-prioritized. Water is essential for healthy skin cell formation, so drinking plenty of water is the easiest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy.

 

Get Enough Antioxidants

Antioxidants have the ability to slow the skin's aging process. Getting antioxidants in the form of Vitamins E and C, Resveratrol, Retinol, and green tea can nourish your skin. These antioxidants are found in food but can also be found in store-bought skin care products and products found online, such as ASEA's array of dietary supplements.

 

Wear Natural Skin Products with SPF

Wearing natural skin care products that contain SPF and that are rich in antioxidants can be beneficial as well. While there are many skin care products to choose from, you should be looking for products packaged in air-tight and opaque or air-restrictive containers. Topically-applied green tea can work well for revitalizing skin and maintaining a youthful appeal due to the fact that it contains a key compound called epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) helps to defend the skin against toxins in the environment and also lends to the calming effect of green tea. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market that contain green tea.

 

Get Plenty of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for maintaining youthful skin. It has the ability to combat wrinkles, fine lines, dullness, and blemishes. It is a water-soluble vitamin that we all have within our bodies, but we sometimes just don't naturally have enough of it. Vitamin C in facial creams and moisturizers is most effective when in concentrations ranging from 0.5% to 20%. Vitamin C supplements can also help keep skin clear, tight, and even-toned, and you can take several Vitamin C supplements per day, as it is impossible to take too much Vitamin C. Many foods are also rich in Vitamin C, including oranges, kale, red peppers, strawberries, and green peppers. Adding these to your daily diet not only benefit your skin but the rest of your body.

 

Keep Stress Levels Low

Stress is one of the main culprits in speeding up the aging process throughout the body. Stress causes a chemical response within the body that can make the skin more vulnerable to breakouts, blemishes, dullness, puffiness, and wrinkles. Those with skin conditions (such as psoriasis and eczema) can have their symptoms greatly exacerbated by stress. Reducing stress levels through healthy lifestyle choices, diets, getting necessary supplements to balance bodily deficiencies, and working on developing and maintaining a positive self-schema and stress coping techniques can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.

 

Most of us struggle with skin imperfections due to things like a lack of essential vitamins and nutrients or elevated stress levels. As we get older, these issues tend to become more pronounced. However, with proper care, it is possible to rejuvenate and maintain healthy-looking and youthful skin.

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