Many things can damage our skin, including stress, environmental irritants, and UV rays. However, healthy, beautiful skin doesn’t have to fade. Try these four natural skin-rejuvenating strategies to preserve or regain your skin’s youthful look.
Wear Natural Sunscreen
Natural sunscreen forms a barrier against the damaging effects of UV radiation. Recent studies show that people who wear sunscreen regularly have noticeably younger-looking skin than those who only apply sunscreen occasionally. However, not all sunscreens are created equal; in fact some sunscreens contain ingredients that may actually harm your skin.
When buying sunscreen, avoid these ingredients:
- Retinol (a.k.a retinyl) is known to cause skin irritation, dryness, and peeling. Retinol-enhanced skin is more susceptible to sunburns and other skin defects.
- Alpha-hydroxy acid also increases sensitivity to UV rays and can promote dermatitis and swelling.
Instead, choose mineral-derived sunscreens that contain beneficial ingredients such as zinc and titanium dioxide. Don’t be drawn in by high SPF numbers – an SPF of 30 should suffice for the bulk of your sun-blocking needs.
Exfoliate and Moisturize
Exfoliating clears dirt and oil from pores and removes dead skin cells, helping push new skin cells to the surface and create a brighter complexion. A nightly exfoliation routine twice a week can do wonders to revitalize aging skin. Opt for natural ingredients such as nut extracts, seeds, and natural sugars. Stay away from plastic and polymers.
For moisturizers, look for natural anti-aging ingredients including the skin-smoothing and collagen-stimulating coenzyme Q10, the hydrating vitamin B3 (niacin), and antioxidant vitamins C and E, shown to help block and repair damage from free radicals such as pollution and cigarette smoke. Other anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing ingredients include resveratol (an antioxidant shown to reduce the risk of heart disease) and green tea extract, a common ingredient in anti-aging creams.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Countless studies show that people who shirk on sleep are more prone to skin changes such as wrinkles, discoloration, and elasticity. High quality sleep enables skin to recover from environmental irritants such as free radicals and UV radiation. While there’s no right amount of sleep that fits everyone, eight hours per night is a good starting point. Avoid eating fatty or sugary foods in the hours before turning in. Going to bed at the same time each night can help condition your body for restful, skin-healing sleep.
Infrared Sauna Therapy
Infrared sauna treatments have been shown to help tone, firm, smooth, and clear up damaged skin. This targeted, natural approach also helps detoxify skin, removing bacteria and chemical irritants that can speed up the aging process. In fact, celebrities like Jennifer Aniston swear by infrared saunas for both skin care and overall health benefits. The secret lies in LED technology: near infrared light clears away acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin with a healthy glow and smooth feel. Regular infrared sauna use combined with a healthy lifestyle can rejuvenate your skin in just a few months.