It’s never too late to get started on better health practices so don’t exclude skincare when you should aim to include it; grow older and bolder by broadening your skincare horizons. Read our blog to learn more about how skincare plays a vital role in healthy aging!
National Skincare Awareness
September is recognized as Healthy Aging Month, which aims to highlight the positive aspects accompanying growing older. Encourage people to embrace acting how they feel instead of acting their age. However, wouldn’t you want your skin to reflect the age you feel? The month of September also celebrates National Skincare Awareness Month. Our skin acts as a protective barrier serving our body in many ways. The better we care for it, the better it cares for us in return, especially as we age. Healthy aging and skincare share a codependent relationship, where one can only fully exist in the presence of the other; better health practices include skincare.
Better Health Practices – Achieving Healthy Skin
Re-inventing yourself can begin by re-inventing your approach to skincare. Several factors affect your skin, some of which you cannot influence, but others that you can. An excellent example of an external influence you can control is sun exposure. Unprotected sun exposure is detrimental to skin health. You love the sun, but I guarantee you will not love the damage it leaves on your skin. Leaving your skin unprotected from the sun damages healthy cells and this damage can accumulate and progress. You may begin to see freckles, wrinkles, and age spots. Some damage can go on to develop into more dangerous conditions, such as skin cancer.
By adding sunscreen to your skincare routine, you help minimize your risk for signs of early aging, of which UV rays are the most significant contributor.
Concerning aging, skin type also has relevance. Dry skin, for example, is more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. Knowing your skin type is highly important to your skin’s health. Whether dry, oily, or combination skin, effective treatment and worthwhile results depend on knowing what you’re targeting.
Tips for Aging Like Fine Wine Include Skincare
Typically, tips for healthy aging include a healthy diet, exercise, proper sleep, and routine check-ups, all of which are equally beneficial when applied in the context of skincare. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to healthy aging in skincare:
- Beauty sleep matters – Proper rest is necessary for skin health; poor sleep results in skin aging faster and overall skin quality from being unable to recover appropriately from environmental stressors from the day, such as sun exposure.
- A healthy diet – You are what you eat. Mindful eating reflects positively on your skin. Foods such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, and beans are encouraged. For example, tomatoes have been associated with cancer prevention, and the antioxidants in mangoes can aid in protecting skin components such as collagen.
- Wash and moisturize regularly – As we mature, so does our skin, often becoming drier and losing elasticity, resulting in both sagging and wrinkles. Daily cleansing to remove dirt and grime is essential. Always remember to finish with moisturizer, which seals water into our skin and can aid in minimizing the appearance of fine lines.
Skin health is a lifestyle and should always be included in discussions revolving around healthy aging. We know life can be rough, but your skin doesn’t need to reflect that!
Fall into positive skincare habits and book your appointment at Alamo Heights Dermatology today! You can also visit our website to learn more about our services, such as PRP Therapy and Ultherapy. To learn more about how we can help your skin look the age you feel, contact us at (210) 255-8447. Better health practices should include skincare!