Skin is the largest organ in the human body. It serves some of the most important vital functions, and protects the body from environmental effects. Skin also maintains the bodily fluids within the system, preventing dehydration. However, the skin changes, as one grows older. It becomes more and more dehydrated; it becomes thinner, loses fat and appears less smooth and velvety. The process of aging is, unfortunately, irreversible and the skin gradually appears drier, wrinkly and saggy. Many products claim to revitalize and rejuvenate the aging skin, but most of them actually do not make any real effect. However, there are some simple ways to hold back the years, by incorporating some healthy habits into the everyday life.
Excessive exposure to the sun is the primary cause of skin aging. Simple sun protection is possibly one of the greatest ways to keep the skin looking younger. It works even better than expensive cosmetics, moisturizers and healthy diet. To protect the skin from the sun one should avoid the sun rays between 10am and 4pm, wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen with sun protection factor higher than 15.
Drinking and Smoking
The link between smoking and aging is very pronounced, since the smoking causes a decrease in collagen, which is a protein that helps to keep the skin firm and smooth. Moreover, smoking is responsible for tightening of the blood vessels in the skin, and reduction of oxygen and nutrient supply to skin cells. Combined, these effects reduce the skin’s elasticity and make it look older. Alcohol is not as dangerous as drinking, but only if it is consumed in moderation. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can make the skin dehydrated and looking old and wrinkled.
The basic skin care routine, which could literally slow down the aging process, includes cleaning the skin from make-up before going to bed. Leaving the make-up on can drastically damage the skin since all of the dirt and bacteria stay on and affect the normal skin environment. It is very important to clean the skin gently using lukewarm water and mild soap. Moisturizing the skin is also crucial for a young and healthy look since it protects the skin from weather and other environmental effects.
Not enough quality sleep is also responsible for early effects of aging and particularly for bags under the eyes. A good night's sleep can enhance and prolong the beauty, making the skin remain vibrant and young. One should try to keep a regular routine on bedtime and rest in a cool dark and quiet bedroom.