How to maintain great skin as you age

You’re born with incredible skin. It’s fresh, full of healthy collagen, and has had no exposure to dangerous UV rays yet–it’s incredible. Your skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s incredibly complex. It protects your body, gives you your skin color, grows hair, ages over time, and becomes susceptible to damage.

As we get older, you can develop some crucial habits to help keep your skin healthy, beautiful, and youthful-looking. With the following habits firmly in place as a part of your regular skincare routine, you’ll look and feel amazing for years to come.

Tips for your skincare routine

All of the following tips are great additions to any skincare routine. That said, you may find some are easier to do, and you may have to add a few of your own, customized to your skin. Remember, everyone is a unique human with different requirements. Go ahead, pick the skincare tips that are most relevant to you.

Use sunscreen

There’s no way around it. The science of sunscreen is solid and, if you want great, healthy skin, it’s not optional. Sunscreen protects you from some harmful UV rays from the sun. For your best protection, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum product with an SPF of at least 30. If you’re going to be in the sun, re-apply every two hours.

Consider food and water

What you put into your body is just as, if not more, important as what you put on it. Your body needs water to function properly, and it needs to be fueled by healthy foods. You probably already know what foods are good for you and which ones you should avoid or consume in moderation. Sticking to a healthy diet benefits your entire body in the long run.

Add collagen

Collagen is a protein that your body naturally produces. It keeps your skin from sagging and fills it out, so it looks plump, dewy, and youthful. As you age, you naturally lose collagen and produce less of it. 

You can slow the breakdown of collagen by avoiding UV rays from the sun, eating foods high in antioxidants, and adding collagen through supplements or skincare products.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can help brighten and smooth your skin tone. It can also aid your body in the repair and regeneration process of your skin. The acidic nature of vitamin C triggers your body to heal itself and create collagen and elastin. 

Pay attention to your eyes

One of the first areas to start showing age is the fragile skin around your eyes that can develop fine lines that lead to deeper wrinkles. Adding a serum to your regimen, like Simple Beauty’s Fine Line Eye Serum, can ward off those fine lines and even reduce some of your wrinkles.

It’s all about the ingredients you choose for your serum.  Creating a regular ritual that helps nourish, moisturize, and protect your eyes will lead to lasting results. 

Use a retinol product

You also want to make sure you include a topical vitamin A product. The prescription version of this is called a retinoid; the over-the-counter version is called retinol. Retinoids are much stronger, and because of this, they require some special care when using. As this is a prescription, your healthcare provider will walk you through using a retinoid.

Retinols, on the other hand, are available for everyone to use and aren’t quite as strong, but they’re also not as prone to causing skin irritation and dryness. 

Retinols are proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. They do this by increasing collagen production and helping to stimulate new blood vessels, which improves the skin's appearance and health. Simple Beauty’s Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer is an easy, yet effective way to work the benefits of retinol into your regular routine. 

Healthy living

Another way you can make a big difference in your skin and overall health is by making wise choices. In addition to eating right and staying hydrated, you should prioritize sleep, avoid bad habits like smoking and vaping, and exercise regularly. 

It’s most likely that you hear this advice all the time, but it really is the key to living your best life and looking like it, too!

To put it simply

Prioritizing your skincare routine isn't something to be ashamed of; in fact, you should be proud of the fact that you're taking care of your body's biggest organ, an organ designed to protect you. 

When you start creating a skincare routine that’s customized to your skin, your needs, and your lifestyle, there are a few tips that hold true for everyone. Adding collagen, vitamin C, and retinol help fuel your skin’s health, and Simple Beauty is here to make incorporating those products into your routine a lot easier. Making those good, healthy choices regarding how you live your life and what you put into your body plays a significant role in your results. Pull it all together, and not only will your skin benefit, but you’ll love the way you look and feel.