Everyone ages but you can do so gracefully if you take care of your skin. Your skin is probably the most obvious sign of aging, but thankfully you can do something about it.

You can help preserve or revive your skin’s elasticity and you can help its moisture levels too if you take more notice of what you eat.

Skin

What to eat

Your skin’s appearance is greatly influenced by what you eat so a change to your diet will help you get younger looking skin naturally. Beginning to eat more foods that are rich in antioxidants, especially vegetables and fruits, will boost your skin’s appearance because they help to fight off free radicals which damage skin cells.

The antioxidants found in vitamins C and E also protects skin from sun damage. Other things to introduce to your diets include Omega-3 fats which are found in walnuts and fish oils, as they help the skin to hydrate by supporting healthy cell membranes. Green tea is a drink that contains antioxidants, so you could add that into your diet along with more fruit and vegetables to reduce skin damage from ultraviolet light.

Protect your skin from the sun

Exposure to the sun is one of the leading causes of wrinkles, freckles and dry-spots on the skin. The best advice is to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially when the sun is at its hottest between 10am and 4pm.

Things to avoid

Smoking is a major cause of wrinkles and expression lines. Partly because it damages collagen and elastin which slows down blood flow to the skin, and partly because of the pursing lip motion used to draw on the cigarette.

Alcohol is another vice that can age the skin. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to permanently flushed skin. Stopping smoking and lowering your alcohol intake won’t make you look younger, but you may feel a little better and you’ll be halting any additional damage to your complexion.