As the largest organ in the body, your skin not only provides the foundation for your outward appearance, it’s your body’s primary defense against irritants and toxins. That’s more than enough reason to make skin care a top priority as you get older. Heading into your 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond, maintaining a radiant glow and hearing, “I hope I look like you when I’m …” is the ultimate validation of good health and self-care.
But applying more make-up—or using the same products and skin-care strategies that worked when you were younger—isn’t going to cut it now. Menopause, sun damage, dryness, and even your mood and outlook on life all come into play. Take a fresh approach to your beauty routine with new products and strategies to maintain your inner and outer glow. Here, 10 tips to make your skin look 10 years younger.
1. Keep Skin Cells Hydrated
When the cells in your body lack moisture, they shrink, and your skin loses that firm, bouncy polish that reflects light so well. Keep your radiance intact by treating your skin to the water-retaining benefits of a Hyaluronic Collagen Sheet Mask. You’ll see noticeable results in improved skin tone and reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Firming Up Skin With Retinol Moisturizer
If you have flaky, peeling skin or experience redness and irritation, your body may not be producing enough lipid cells to lock in moisture. Anti-aging skin treatments like chemical peels and dry winter weather can make matters even worse. Use a product like Age-Defying Liposomal Retinol Moisturizer to seal in your body’s natural moisture and stimulate collagen production.
3. Drink Water
Add a one-two punch to your skin-care regime by hydrating from the outside and the inside. Keep an insulated water bottle full of ice water close by at all times, sipping and refilling it throughout the day. You’ll not only reduce your daily intake of dehydrating beverages like soda or coffee, but you’ll also be flushing toxins and waste out of your system at the same time.
4. Add Water-Rich Foods to Your Diet
Plan your menus around foods that are high in antioxidants and low in salt and preservatives that tend to cause puffiness and dry skin. Salmon, tuna, and trout deliver on omega-3 fatty acids, while nuts are packed with vitamin E and natural oils. Avocados and sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients, and the high water content in cucumbers and watermelon makes them ideal choices at your local farmer’s market.
5. Protect Against UV Rays
As they say in sports, the best defense is a good offense—and that goes for skincare, too. So be sure to line up your sun protection strategies well before beach season. The goal is to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors as much as you like while keeping exposure to wrinkle and age-spot-inducing UVA and UVB rays to a minimum. Invest in UV protection clothing, including a long-sleeve shirt or rash guard, wide-brimmed hat, and loose-fitting pants. A pair of wrap-around, polarized, and anti-reflective sunglasses rated UV400 or higher will reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts due to sun exposure. Apply SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen liberally and often for continuous coverage on any exposed areas.
6. Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C
We’ve long known that vitamin C is essential to the body’s ability to grow and repair itself. Reap benefits on the outside with Vitamin C Serum, a collagen booster and skin brightener that exfoliates and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant protection fights free-radical damage and accelerates cell turnover to minimize under-eye circles and uneven pigmentation.
7. Reduce Inflammation and Stress
All the way from southwestern Morocco, oil pressed from the nut of the Argan tree has taken the skincare world by storm for its antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and mineral powers. It’s not greasy, yet Argan’s rich oils regenerate stressed skin, hair, and nails. It’s especially effective in treating split ends, damaged cuticles, eczema, and psoriasis.
8. Don’t Sleep in Your Makeup
Make it a rule to remove makeup before bed with a gentle cleanser that won’t strip away your skin’s natural moisture. Alpha to Omega+ Sherbert Balm melts to a lightweight oil with antioxidants and stem cell extracts for cleansing and rehydrating your skin.
9. Pamper Your Eyes
Some of the earliest signs of aging—like crow’s feet and puffiness—are most obvious around your eyes. Before applying your makeup, lightly dab the area around your eyes with Perfection Eye Serum for firming and brightening benefits all day long. Botanicals and antioxidants boost natural collagen production for more elasticity and firmness.
The links between a cheery outlook and good health and longevity is no surprise, but a growing body of research indicates that optimism can make for a more youthful appearance as well. Harness the power of positivity in your daily routine by making time to share a laugh with friends and coworkers, as well as facing challenges with a solution-oriented, glass-half-full perspective.
Written by Ann Gibson for Matcha in partnership with Ebanel.