I’ve witnessed many beauty trends since I was a teen.
I have to say that I tried some of them with my girlfriends so that we can be like the celebrities we saw in the teen magazines.
Not my proudest moments, I admit, but we all have to go through that phase so that we can learn what works for us, and what definitely doesn’t.
Trends come and go and what we all want now is healthy, beautiful skin that isn’t showing signs of aging.
And that’s a lot more difficult to get than the very thin, low-arched eyebrows popular in the 90s 🤦.
Anyway, I see many girls today trying to look more attractive.
They add fillers, fake eyelashes, hair extensions, spray tan, and so on, but that’s not helpful when their skin starts losing volume and wrinkles appear.
So, no matter if we want a more natural look or we go for the heavy makeup look, at the end of the day when we do our bedtime skin routine, we all wish for tighter skin without wrinkles, dark circles, or acne…
Why do some women have naturally younger skin?
Well, the first thought that comes to our minds is genetics.
That’s true, but that’s not the only factor. (1)
I’ve met some women in their 40s and 50s whose skin looks 10, 15 years younger and they all say that they started nurturing their skin when they were in their 20s.
How do women have youthful skin at 40?
Well, genetics plus long-term skincare gives results.
Also, they all have led a healthy life by eating healthy food with lots of nutrients and they’ve been physically active throughout their lives.
That brings us to the next point-
Things that Make Your Skin Older
1. Heavy makeup
Yes, putting too much makeup isn’t good for your skin because your skin can’t breathe and your pores get clogged.
And that leads to blackheads, but also dry skin and wrinkles.
Tips: Don’t forget to use hydrating creme before putting on makeup.
Don’t be thrifty when it comes to your skin, choose a good quality foundation, and always remove makeup before going to sleep.
Also, let your skin breathe from time to time, and don’t wear makeup at all.
Use that time to clean your brushes at least once a week. Your skin will be thankful.
2. Spending too much time in the sun
I know you can’t wait to enjoy the long summer days, but staying in the sun for too long can damage your skin and it can lead to premature aging.
You must avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm because of harmful UV rays that not only harm your skin’s looks but can also cause serious diseases like skin cancer.
Remember, you can be sunburnt even when it’s cloudy.
And if you think that going to a tanning studio instead of sunbathing is a good choice, you are wrong.
The risk of premature skin aging and getting skin cancers because of the UV rays is higher when using tanning beds.
Tips: So, always put on sunscreen, avoid staying in the sun when it’s harmful, say no to tanning studios, and hydrate.
If you need to be out at noon, wear loose clothes, always have a bottle of water with you, and a high SPF sunscreen.
3. Unhealthy diet
You may have heard the saying ‘You are what you eat’, and I couldn’t agree more with this.
What you eat and drink every day affects your looks, especially your skin’s look.
Junk food, sweets, and sodas increase the risk of getting diabetes 2, becoming obese, having heart problems, and many other diseases.
If that’s not enough, they also make your skin oily, clog your pores, dehydrate your skin and make you look tired.
Alcohol and smoking add to all of this and you end up with dull, acne-covered, unhealthy skin.
Tips: Change your diet.
Start eating more fresh fruit and veggies and drink lots of water.
Avoid dairy products, processed food, fried food, sodas, and alcohol. If you are a smoker, try to quit.
4. Pollution and chemicals
Yes, this isn’t something you can control, but we are responsible for the environment and we all contribute to the world we live in.
Pollution is bad for your health and of course, it’s bad for your skin too.
It’s in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
On top of that, the food industry adds extra chemicals and additives in their products, so you intake all but healthy food.
But you can try to make a change.
Tips: Spend more time in the countryside.
Go for a hike in the mountains, you will do yourself a favor if you breathe some fresh air after a busy work week in the city.
Buy organic food from local markets, don’t eat products whose ingredients list you can’t understand.
And start recycling, carpooling, switch off the lights when you aren’t in the room, or whatever you can to be greener 🌎.
5. Too much stress
Many studies showed that stress is our biggest enemy.
It has a negative impact on our health and it’s the cause of many diseases.
And that can’t be good for your skin either.
When you are stressed, your body excretes the hormone called cortisol and high levels of this hormone can cause high blood pressure, weight gain, and even diabetes.
Tips: Avoid stress as much as possible.
Surround yourself with people who make you happy, go for a walk, take care of yourself.
If you can’t have a relaxing spa day at a resort, have one at home.
Light up some candles, prepare a nice bath, and turn off your phone!
You can try some DIY masks to exfoliate, essential oils to relax, and go to bed earlier so that you wake up rested and energized.
Things that Make Your Skin Older – Final Thoughts
How to keep skin younger and wrinkle-free?
You may want to start taking care of your skin before you notice some alarming alert, but it’s never too late. (2)
So, you need to do the following if you want to be satisfied with the look of your skin when you look yourself in the mirror:
- Invest in good skincare products; a hydrating cream and a good quality foundation is a must
- Avoid too much direct sunlight and use a high SPF sunscreen
- Eat healthy, unprocessed food like fruit, veggies, proteins, and healthy carbs and drink lots of water
- Spend time in nature and add some outdoor activities
- Try to relax and meditate to relieve stress
These are some general tips that help to stay healthy and have better-looking skin.
If you have any health condition that requires medical help, consult your doctor.
Also, ask for a dermatologist’s advice if your skin has been exposed to sunlight too much, you suffer from bad acne, or any other skin-related condition.
I am in my 30s and I’m a proud mother of two. A healthy living enthusiast who is passionate about skincare, nutrition, weight loss, and fitness. I enjoy trying different beauty products and I pay special attention to skincare, haircare, and general well-being.