The experiences of life are often reflected on your face. Creases, bags and, of course, wrinkles make multiple appearances as you age. Getting older is not the only thing that ages your face. Too much sun and smoking are among the factors that prematurely age the skin. While some resort to plastic surgery to bring back a youthful appearance, you can also take some less drastic measures by changing your diet, lifestyle and skin-care routine.
Massage a good moisturizer into your face daily. Choose a face cream high in natural oils. Scoop about 1 tbsp. of the product out of the container. Use two fingers to massage into your face, paying careful attention to the under-eye area and any dry spots.
Keep your blood pressure low. High blood pressure can cause premature aging.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, skip the junk food and concentrate on healthy eating with an emphasis on raw, nutrient-rich foods.
Consume “good” fats containing omega-3 fatty acids. Foods high in omega-3 include salmon, nuts, kiwi and nongreen vegetables.
Wear sunscreen whenever you are outside. You need to get outside for at least 10 minutes a day to gain the benefits of vitamin D for the skin, but you must protect it. Choose a product that contains a moisturizer as well as a high SPF (sun protection factor).
Sleep at least eight hours a night. Rest is the best way to refresh your face. Keep a regular bedtime, and don’t engage in any mentally or physically taxing activity before bed.
Reduce stress to help make your face appear relaxed and youthful. Keep a journal to help you identify the most stressful aspects of your life, and then brainstorm what you can do to help reduce them. Take time every day to relax to help clear your mind and calm yourself. See a therapist if your stress level is high.
Wear light makeup that complements your skin. Use neutral and matte shades instead of bright, glossy cosmetics that could make you look older. Remove all makeup at the end of the day.
Splurge on spa facials when you have money to spend. Let the professionals treat your face to rejuvenating treatments. Use a “wrinkle” cream containing the chemical retinol A. These products can help diminish wrinkles that age the appearance of your face.