Did you know that your habits are responsible for 80% of how your skin ages?!
Genes only account for about 20%. So no, we can’t necessarily blame our parents for all of our skin problems.
So the things you do every single day are going to determine how healthy your skin is as well as how much and how fast it will show signs of aging.
Here are 5 things that you can do to keep your skin looking younger longer.
1. Wear sunscreen every day
And I mean EVERY day. Whether it is sunny, raining or snowing.Even if you spend most of your time
Even if you spend most of your time indoors, you’re bound to venture outside at some point.And did you know that you can get significant sun damage just from driving in your car? Yep, the sun can still damage your skin through glass windows.
And did you know that you can get significant sun damage just from driving in your car? Yep, the sun can still damage your skin through glass windows.
Look for an SPF 15 – 30 with broad-spectrum coverage. This can be in the form of either a daily moisturizer or mineral powder. (or both!)
If you have sensitive skin, there are mineral-based daily moisturizers out there that you can use.
Experiment around to find one that feels great on your skin and not greasy. There are lots of options that layer well under makeup.
Basically, you don’t want to use a daily SPF that bugs you for any reason because you really do need to be motivated to use it every single day.
2. Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your side or your stomach can cause your skin to wrinkle overnight. Do this for too many nights in a row and those wrinkles will start to permanently set in.
I know it can be difficult to change your sleeping position. It’s probably not going to happen all at once, especially because we can’t really control what we do once we’re already asleep.
But making a concerted effort to spend more time sleeping on your back will go a long way in preventing more wrinkles down the road.
I myself tend to toss and turn at night, but I try to at least fall asleep on my back.
(Of course, if you are pregnant, then temporarily disregard this point and sleep on your side)
3. Use a silk or silk-blend pillowcase
If you find yourself having a hard time breaking the habit of sleeping on your side or stomach, then you can still reduce the aging effects on your skin by using a silk pillowcase.
The smooth texture is less likely to cause wrinkles. Specifically, look for a pillowcase that fits snuggly over your pillow so wrinkles in the pillowcase itself don’t dig into your skin for hours.
Another benefit of silk pillowcases is that they don’t wick the moisture out of your skin like cotton does. Cotton can dry out your skin and soak up any skin care products that you put on before going to sleep. And then those products are no longer benefiting your skin because they are sitting in the cotton pillowcase. So opt for silk to avoid that disappointing problem.
4. Wash your face every night
Washing your face may need to be 1 or 2 steps depending on whether or not you have any makeup on.
If you wear makeup, then you must remove all of your makeup before cleansing your face. Otherwise, your cleanser can’t actually do its job well. My favorite thing to use is a makeup eraser so I don’t have to worry about using oil or drying chemicals to get the makeup off.
And even if you don’t wear any makeup, you really need to wash your face every single night with a good cleanser to remove grime and any excess oils that may have accumulated throughout the day.
Just rinsing with water isn’t enough because a good cleanser will get into the pores to truly clean your skin.
5. Exfoliate regularly
You definitely do not need to use a heavy duty scrub every single day (actually, you shouldn’t anyway), but you do need to pay attention to exfoliation on a daily basis.
Many toners have light exfoliating ingredients that promote healthy cell turnover in your skin.
One reason exfoliation is important is that too many dead skin cells on the surface can block your skincare products from actually penetrating your skin and then that product just ends up just sitting on top doing no good.