How Diet & Lifestyle Impact Mature Skin

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Several external and internal factors could affect your skin's health, from the foods you put into your body to your daily skincare routine and habits. However, although some believe that a 20-step skincare routine is the way to keep skin healthy, this is far from true. 

To take your skin to the next level, you only need to make small lifestyle changes. So, read on to learn the top five simple lifestyle changes you can make to optimize the health of your mature skin. 

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These Are the Top Five Simple Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Optimize Your Mature Skin’ Health

Avoid Smoking

Cigarettes and tobacco products can make skin look older and lead to wrinkles. Smoking exasperates skin aging by narrowing blood vessels in the outer skin layers, decreasing blood supply and thus making the skin appear paler. This constriction of the blood vessels also depletes the nutrients and oxygen in the skin, which are crucial to skin health.

Tobacco products and smoking can also damage elastin and collagen, the proteins which give your skin elasticity and strength. Similarly, when smoking, repetitive facial expressions such as squinting to keep smoke out of your eyes or pursing your lips when inhaling can all contribute to wrinkle development.

Read more: What Is Mature Skin? A Complete Guide

Wear Sunscreen 

The best way to care for your skin is to protect it from the harsh effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Over the course of your lifetime, sun exposure can cause age spots, skin problems, wrinkles, and the possible risk of skin cancer. 

So, to be completely protected, you should use sunscreen. However, ensuring you have a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15 is crucial. Additionally, you should apply the sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours or as needed if you are sweating or swimming. 

Eat Healthier

Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains can help you feel and look your best. Some research suggests that a diet low in unhealthy fats and refined or processed carbohydrates and rich in fish supplements or fish oil may promote a youthful appearance. So, why not try your hand at a mature skin diet to help you keep your skin looking and feeling its best?

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Prioritize Hydration

Remaining sufficiently hydrated throughout the day is a significant benefit to your body. With over 70% of the body consisting of water, it's no surprise that your body needs it to eliminate waste, distribute nutrients, lubricate joints, and maintain normal blood pressure. 

However, if you are not sufficiently hydrated throughout the day, your body will pull the moisture it needs from your skin, leaving it feeling rough, uncomfortable, and dry. 

Fortunately, increasing hydration significantly benefits skin health. Those with increased water intake show decreased friction between skin fibers, increased lubrication of the skin's upper layers, and improved skin elasticity. 

Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Eye Wrinkles

Moisturize Damp Skin

Despite popular belief, adding moisturizer does not add enough moisture to the skin, as this isn't how moisturizers work. While some moisturizing lotions do contain some water, most only rehydrate the skin's outermost layer by creating a protective barrier between the dry air and the skin. This means that moisturizers don't add water but instead reduce evaporation or water loss through perspiration. 

To achieve the best moisturizer results, apply a decent amount to damp, clean skin. Moisturizing skin while it's still damp (within three minutes of bathing, showering, or cleansing your face) seals in moisture. So, look for skincare products that include water and lock in moisture, and apply them to a freshly washed face. 

Read more: Skin-Tightening Treatments: What You Need to Know

The Wrap-Up on Lifestyle Changes for Healthy Mature Skincare

Now you know what simple lifestyle changes you should undertake to optimize your skin health. If you remember the tips we’ve recommended and pair them with Infuse skincare products, you have a better chance of keeping your mature skin healthy and glowing. 

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