It seems that everyone is after the fountain of youth, and men and women alike spend vast amounts of time and money in the quest for younger looking skin. While you can go the route of Botox® treatments, chemical peels, and the many variations of cosmetic surgery, there are simpler, and far less costly ways to help your skin retain its vitality. Creams and lotions may help to a degree, but certain common sense procedures will help even more. These begin with protecting your skin from the ravages of ultraviolet (UV) rays and smoking.
Protect your skin by not over-exposing it to the harsh rays of the sun. If you are going to be outside for a prolonged period, wear a hat and apply sunscreen. Many people think they only need sunscreen during the heat of summer, but this is not true. The UV rays do not care about temperature, and sunscreen is just as important in the winter as in the summer.
The second enemy of your skin is smoking. If you smoke, you are doing massive damage to the micro capillaries in the top layers of your skin. Blood vessels shrink and become narrower each time you light up, and your skin will begin to lose its elastic properties. The results of smoking on skin are wrinkles, bags, and sagging jowls.
Some wrinkle creams do work, for some people, but they rarely work as well as advertised. Creams and moisturizers are not miracle drugs, and any improvement in skin quality they might provide will be limited. The best ones often contain a derivative of vitamin A known as retinol, as well as compounds such as hydroxy acids, copper peptides, kinetin, and tea extracts. It should be noted that pregnant women, or women who seek to become pregnant, should avoid vitamin A derivatives as some research indicates they can play a role in birth defects.
Proper diet and a healthy lifestyle can play a huge part in achieving younger looking skin. Pass on the caffeine as much as possible, and also get plenty of sleep. The latter, more than anything else, will help your skin heal and refresh itself. Make sure you drink up to 3 quarts (2.84 liters) of water every day, and avoid fad diets. Nuts, fresh fruits, multi-grain breads, and any fish with an abundance of omega 3 acids will help your skin look younger longer.