It’s never too late to protect your skin with sunscreen, according to Eugene Elliot, MD, a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. “You can’t change what you were dealt with genetically, but you can take control of other factors which help you stay younger looking,” Dr. Elliot says. His favorite sunblocks are mechanical, contain zero zinc or titanium oxide, and block the UV damaging rays effectively with frequent application. Not only can wearing sunscreen prevent aging, but a study sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Skin Research Center found that people who applied a daily moisturizer with SPF 30 for a year saw significant improvements in hyperpigmentation, texture, and skin clarity, Byrdie reports. Make sure to cover any exposed skin, such as your neck, hands, and chest—not just your face!
Hone in on your nutrition
Although eating nutritious foods might seem like generic advice, a balanced diet is a mainstay in healthy living for a few reasons. Eating certain foods or vitamins, however, could be more beneficial than others when it comes to looking more youthful. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, for example, found that people with a higher Vitamin C intake had fewer wrinkles and less dryness no matter their age. Spices such as cinnamon, chili powder, and ginger are associated with better-looking skin thanks to an increase in collagen (essential for skin firmness and elasticity), reduction in age-related skin cell changes, and anti-inflammation that may help prevent age spots, per Healthline. These are the 10 foods you should avoid if you want to look and feel younger.
Drink less alcohol
Overindulging in alcohol negatively affects the body in a few ways, and even on a cellular level, some studies have found. Again, it comes down to dehydration. Alcohol dehydrates you, which makes your skin look dull and dry and depletes iron levels which could trigger hair loss, too, according to the BBC.