Ten Surprising Ways to Keep Your Skin Looking Young and Beautiful

You know all about the importance of moisturizers and sunscreen, but it turns out that there are many other smart ways to fight the major signs of aging. Read on to discover some of the most surprising tricks that will keep your skin looking smooth and youthful for longer.

1. Switch to a different cleanser

As you get older, your skin needs a different type of care in order to look its best. Specifically, you will need an oil-based cleanser if you want to avoid depleting your skin of the natural oils that give it a healthy glow. You should also try to massage your face when cleansing (instead of rubbing it), as this reduces dryness and irritation.

2. Keep powder away from your eye area

Although setting powder can be invaluable when it comes to keeping your makeup looking fresh throughout the day, it's important to avoid dusting it in the area around your eyes. When powder collects in the fine lines under the eyes, these wrinkles become much more obvious.

3. Try facial exercises

Some skin experts swear by exercises that appear to boost skin flexibility and reduce sagging. For example, try puffing out your cheeks and blowing air though pouted lips. Meanwhile, facial yoga routines are designed to help your face stay supple and smooth, and may help to delay the onset of wrinkles. One of the most basic exercises is supposed to disperse fat around the jaw area, and can be done by simple massaging the edge of your jaw while pulling the tissue up towards your ears. 

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4. Use chamomile tea on your face

If your eyes are looking tired after a long day or allergies create a puffy look around your eye area, you can use chamomile tea bags to reduce the swelling. Soak them in a cup of cold water and then lie down with the bag over your eyes for up to ten minutes.

5. Apply moisturizer with the backs of your hands

If you use the backs of your hands to massage your moisturizer onto your face, you can avoid the dragging movements that tend to occur when you use your fingers. A gentle touch helps to prevent the formation of new signs of aging and avoids irritating the skin.

6. Chew on some pineapple

Pineapples are a source of enzymes that help to keep your skin hydrated, which will in turn help to prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, these enzymes may help to get rid of dead skin cells, revealing a smoother complexion.

7. Change your sleeping position

If you always sleep on one side, you will eventually start to see more wrinkles forming on that side of your face. Meanwhile, sleeping on your stomach can promote new forehead wrinkles. The ideal sleeping position is actually on your back, which helps your face relax and doesn't squash any of your skin.

8. Increase your consumption of vitamin C

Strawberries and oranges are two of the best sources of vitamin C and your skin will thank you for eating these fruits. Your collagen supply natural dips as you age and vitamin C helps your body to produce collagen. This increased level of collagen could help you to maintain youthful skin for longer. Strawberries are a particularly good choice, as they also contain ellagic acid (which actively prevents collagen from being destroyed).

9. Cut your refined sugar intake

Although the alleged connection between acne and sugar has yet to be proven, there are studies that show a link between refined sugar consumption and earlier signs of aging. Refined sugar promotes the process of glycation, which produces proteins that can damage skin cells. As a result, your face may be less elastic and may develop more fine lines at a younger age.

10. Add more honey to your diet

Honey is said to help the skin absorb more moisture. Adequately hydrated skin always looks better. As a bonus, honey may also help to boost immune system function and improve your resistance to disease.

What are your favorite skin-enhancing secrets?

March 31, 2015 by Amanda Brown
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