Turn back time, physically: Tips to look younger
Time is fickle, and most so on our bodies. Although time can only be stopped in science fiction, it is possible to metaphorically turn back the clocks to a more youthful looking appearance. Caitriona Ryan, MD, a Texas A&M College of Medicine dermatologist, shares her insight and health tips on how to feel and look younger.
Sunscreen: The new fountain of youth?
Sunscreen should always be applied to your skin, rain or shine, in winter and summer. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found people who used SPF 30 on a daily basis could protect against both skin aging and skin cancer.
“You should look for sunscreen containing a physical blocker (ingredients like zinc or titanium) to fully block out harmful ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays,” Ryan said. “It’s important to remember UVA rays can come through windows. Even if it’s cloudy, there is always UV radiation.”
No one wants dry, cracked skin—and not properly moisturizing the skin can significantly age a person. “Lotion is especially important for those who suffer from dry skin,” Ryan said. “As we get older, certain areas, like the lower legs, tend to dry out faster.”
Ryan said moisturizers containing ceramide are the most effective way to rejuvenate dry skin. “It’s best to apply moisturizer within two minutes of towel drying the skin,” she said.
Eat more protein
The key to shining tresses and a healthy glow may be found in your diet. “Protein is the building block of cells, and eating adequate amounts will ensure both your hair and skin look and feel healthy,” Ryan said. Fish oils, full of omega-3 fatty acids, will also nourish the skin, along with foods like quinoa, pomegranate and goji berries—which contain anti-aging antioxidants.
Get your beauty rest
Want to wake up with a radiant glow? Ditch the highlighter and opt for more ZZZs. “Sleep is extremely important for the skin’s regenerative processes,” Ryan said. A good night’s sleep boosts blood flow to our skin, and not clocking at least seven to eight hours of nightly rest can cause your complexion to look puffy and lifeless. Sleep deprivation will actually decrease blood flow, resulting in redness and age lines.
Exercise more and reduce stress
Stress is visible from both the emotional inside and the outward appearance. “The inflammatory processes caused by stress are especially hard on the skin,” Ryan said. “High stress can lead to more acne, rosacea breakouts or flares of psoriasis and eczema.”
Consider relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga to calm the mind or embarking on a daily exercise routine. Exercise ups healthy circulation to the skin, and when your body is physically fit, you naturally look and feel younger.