Looking after your skin as you age

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Getting older affects our skin as well as the rest of our body. As we age our skin loses elasticity and can often feel much drier and thinner.

Skin care

There is lots of information out there on how we can keep our body healthy as we grow older, but as the skin is our largest organ, it’s important to take good care of this too.

It’s never too late to start looking after your skin. Here are some of the big things you should be avoiding in order to help keep your skin looking and feeling healthier as you get older:

Get a good night’s sleep

As we sleep our body repairs the damage that is done to it each day, so ensuring that you get a full eight hours is really important. You should get yourself into a good bedtime routine, reduce your caffeine intake before bed and get rid of distractions. You can read our blog post on top tips to improve your sleep here.

Improve your diet

This is important whatever age you are as your skin loves the vitamins that come from foods. Fruit and vegetables are full of good vitamins so making sure your diet is packed with them is the best thing you can do for your skin. You can read our top tips for eating well here.

Avoid too much sun

Too much sun on our skin can contribute to age spots and wrinkling and the ultraviolet rays can penetrate the skin and damage the fibres, which help keep it firm.

You don’t need to avoid the sun altogether as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ otherwise known at vitamin D, can improve your mood, but it’s important you are safe, so wear a hat and apply sun cream regularly.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates your body and dries out your skin and over time this damage can show in the form of wrinkles. It’s important to stick to the recommended units per week.

Stay hydrated

We all know that water is essential for us and we need it to survive. It is recommended we drink eight glasses a day and doing so us to rid our bodies and our skin of any toxins. You can read our blog on the importance of staying hydrated here.