The appearance of your skin often provides insight into how well you take care of your body and health. Those who exercise regularly and eat healthy, nutritious foods often have clear, smooth skin, whereas those who spend excess time in the sun and have diets high in fat often tend to develop wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, and acne. However, by taking good care of your health and skin, you can maintain clear, blemish-free skin for years to come, and ward off signs of aging.
May is National Skin Care Awareness Month, which is the ideal time for you to learn about how to maintain gorgeous skin all year long. Here are four healthy ways to keep your skin as beautiful as possible and free of blemishes.
1. Start at an early age
One of the best ways to maintain clear, blemish-free skin is to start practicing good skin care habits early on. If you’re in your teens and 20s, be consistent with washing your face daily, applying moisturizer, and wearing sunscreen any time you go outside. Wrinkles and fine lines will often start to develop at some point in your 30s. If you’re well past your teens, 20s, and 30s, it’s never too late to start practicing healthy skin care habits. Look into using advanced skin care products that can help diminish blemishes and reverse the aging process. Examples of ideal skin care products you can use are Serum 20 by Vivierskin, A.G.E. Interrupter by SkinCeuticals, and Youth Serum by iS Clinical.
2. Quit smoking
The chemicals in cigarettes can accelerate the aging process, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nicotine can result in the narrowing of blood vessels in your skin, which impedes blood flow and leads to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, cigarette smoke can damage the elastin and collagen in your skin. Regardless of whether you’ve been smoking for two years or two decades, quit smoking as soon as possible to improve the appearance of your skin. The sooner you stop smoking, the sooner your blood flow will improve, and the sooner you can seek additional treatments to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and other blemishes caused by smoking.
3. Eat healthier foods
Foods high in fat and sugar can interfere with your body’s natural oils and hormones, and increase the risk for acne breakouts and wrinkles. Stop consuming desserts, salty snacks, sodas, and boxed and packaged processed foods, and increase your intake of healthy fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, protein, and healthy fats. Protein can help ward off wrinkles, whereas fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that contribute to beautiful and healthy skin. If you insist on eating dessert, enjoy dark chocolate that contains a cacao percentage of over 70 percent to benefit from antioxidants that can improve the quality of your skin.
4. Look into having a cosmetic treatment
If you’ve been practicing one or more unhealthy skin habits that have led to the development of wrinkles and blemishes, keep in mind there are several cosmetic treatments that can help reverse the aging process and restore youth and beauty to your appearance. Laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, microneedling with SkinPen, and photorejuvenation are all examples of non-invasive cosmetic skin care treatments that can help eliminate blemishes. Botox and dermal filler treatments are also highly effective at helping reverse the aging process.
Are you interested in improving the appearance of your skin? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about how to achieve beautiful skin.