30 Natural Ways For Youthful Skin
Keeping your skin supple as you age is a key concern for many people and one that many of us are trying to prevent as time goes on.
As we get older, our lifestyle habits are even more important and are one of the key indicators in how your skin appears as you age.
Fortunately, with the right lifestyle habits, your skin can maintain much of its elasticity and glow to keep its youthful look and feel.
In this article, we’re going to detail 30 natural ways to keep your skin youthful.
1.) Stay Out of The Sun for Extended Periods of Time
The sun’s heat dries out unprotected skin and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils.
It can be good for us and we need it for our Vitamin D levels, but there’s a fine line to how much is the right amount.
According to Harvard, we require 10-15 minutes of sun on the arms and legs several times a week.
Foods and supplements which contain astaxanthin may help increase this.
2.) Keep Skin Microbiome Healthy
Our skin is home to millions of bacteria, fungi and viruses which compose the skin microbiota - also known as the skin flora.
The skin microbiome changes depending on the location and other factors such as light, humidity, age and gender.
For example, a teenager will have a vastly different microbiome to an elderly lady.
A healthy skin microbiome protects against infection by crowding out the overgrowth of pathogenic organisms.
Our skin prefers an acidic environment with a pH of 5.
3.) Apply Moisturiser After Bathing to Retain Moisture
One of the best times to apply your moisturiser is after your bathe as your skin can seal in the moisturiser and replenish the moisturiser that is lost from bathing.
The hot water can increase the size of the pores helping your moisturiser sink deeper into the skin.
4.) Eat a Diet Rich in Antioxidant Foods
This is an obvious one by now, but it is worth repeating as it holds the most weight pound-for-pound: eat your veggies and fruits.
And eat the colour of the rainbow so you’re not missing out on any vital nutrients.
Some great options are berries, peppers and dark chocolate.
5.) Stay Active
Keeping active and draining your lymphatic system via exercise is a great way to keep your blood circulating efficiently.
You can walk, run and even trampoline to improve blood flow.
Remember: your blood carries the nutrients around the body, so if your blood flow is not efficient because you’re sedentary most of the day then you can benefit hugely from trampolining for just 10 minutes to break up your routine.
6.) Sweat in a Sauna
Get a sweat up by hitting the sauna a few times a week or whenever you can!
The sauna is perfect for detoxing and can open the pores to help flush out toxins and purities.
It can be dehydrating for the skin so make sure you’re hydrating during and after the sauna with Celtic sea salt.
7.) Hydrate, Hydrate and...Hydrate
You should not only hydrate after a sauna, but make it a regular habit to hydrate with clean water each day.
You may want to opt for purified water if you have a water filter as tap water can be filled with pollutants such as pesticides, lead and chlorine.
If you don't have a water filter system, you can try high-quality bottled water such as Fiji Water.
The Mayo Clinic recommends 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women.
8.) Avoid S.D.PF (Sugar, Dairy and Processed Foods)
Sugar and processed foods are detrimental to your skin and can wreak havoc inside your body which happens to show itself in the last place you need...your face!
Many people also experience this with dairy and can get sudden onsets of eczema or general dry skin from consuming dairy.
You’ll find that by eliminating sugar, dairy and processed foods, your skin will be transformed.
9.) Try Bentonite Clay Face Masks
Used by the Aztecs, bentonite clay is a great option as a face mask due to its ability to draw blood to the surface.
This is the reason why you get that tingling feeling when the bentonite clay starts to set.
Bentonite clay is an absorbent so it can strip the sebum from your skin.
WARNING: Don’t leave your bentonite clay face mask on for too long otherwise it can cause irritation.
10.) Get Your Sleep In
Research has shown that poor sleep quality can disrupt your skin and increase the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Good sleepers also had significantly lower intrinsic skin ageing scores.
Lack of sleep can also compromise the skin barrier function so make sure you’re getting the sleep you need.
Try tracking your sleep with an Oura ring or maintaining a healthy sleeping environment such as keeping a window slightly open to keep the oxygen saturation in the room high.
11.) Use NMN Supplements
As we age, our NAD+ levels decrease significantly and it can help to keep them topped up as much as possible.
The lower our NAD+ levels are in the skin, the less skin cell turnover there is which means a reduction in old skin shedding.
We can increase levels of NAD+ via fasting, restricting our calories or supplementing with NMN.
NMN is turned into NAD+ so by supplementing with NMN, we can help keep the levels of NAD+ topped up.
12.) Keep Makeup and Makeup Tools Clean
Make-up and make-up tools can be a breeding ground for bad bacteria and your old skin cells so it’s important that you regularly clean your equipment.
13.) Minimise Stress
Stress increases cortisol levels so it’s important you minimise the levels of stress in your environment whether it’s emotional, environmental or excessive physical stress.
Those times when you’re stressed and then wake up the next day with a break-out? That’s probably down to stress increasing cortisol and aggravating your skin.
Eczema, psoriasis and rosacea can all be flared by stress so keep it in check where you can.
14.) Use The Right Water Temperature
You want to make sure that when you’re bathing, you’re not exposing yourself to near boiling water as it can strip your skin barrier of its natural oils.
By all means have a hot bath, but try and include some epsom salt to replace the nutrients being leached out of your skin from the hot water.
Aim for just luke-warm or slightly above luke-warm to help mitigate the risks of stripping the natural oils from your skin.
15.) Consume Healthy Fats
Fats got a bad rap, but we’re now learning that healthy fats such as avocados, olives and salmon are great for our health.
These fats help build cell membranes and protect against environmental damage by restoring the skin barrier.
You may find that your dry skin is relieved when you increase the amount of healthy fats in your diet.
16.) Optimise Your Gut
Our guts are taking a beating in today’s modern environment with the heavy pesticide use and non-friendly gut foods such as trans fats, sugar and gluten.
There is a new name for the connection between our gut and skin: the gut-skin axis.
A healthy gut tends to lead to healthy skin and the opposite is also true so make sure you’re eating gut-friendly foods such as sauerkraut and aim for organic wherever you can.
Sometimes you need to give your skin a helping hand by exfoliating the old skin cells which don’t want to shed.
Get yourself a natural exfoliant that helps loosen the outer layer and help smooth skin texture.
Or make your own DIY exfoliator.
18.) Keep a Humidifier in Your Room
Your environment plays a big part in your skin’s health and keeping the room humid by using a humidifier can help you retain some of the moisture lost from the environment - especially with rising pollution levels.
Humidifiers help add moisture to the air and prevent dryness that can cause irritation to the skin.
19.) Supplement with Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid acts like a sponge by attracting moisture into the surface of the skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It can help alleviate dry skin and moisturise by maintaining skin hydration.
Hyaluronic Acid is the key to plumping fine lines and helping bring back the glow in the skin.
20.) Activate Your Collagen
There is a protein abundant in your skin called collagen which we can guarantee you’ve heard of.
There’s a reason it’s so popular right now: it works.
Like NAD+, collagen depletes as we age and are full of amino acids which help promote skin health.
You can supplement with Collagen or consume bone broth.
21.) Take Beta Glucans
Beta-glucans are polysaccharide sugars found in the cell walls such as bacteria and fungi which can help soothe and calm irritated skin.
It’s an effective anti-aging supplement to help firm and plump fine lines.
22.) Use TheraDermis® Skin Treatment
If you’re looking for an all-round skin treatment that includes some of the best skin-friendly ingredients such as NMN, Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol, you can try our TheraDermis® Skin Treatment.
23.) Run Away From Toxic Chemicals
There’s an abundance of toxic chemicals in our environment today - more so than ever.
You can find chemicals in your water, air and even your sofa which can irritate the skin.
One of the most important areas to look at is the skin products you’re using which can contain SLS, Fragrance and Toluene.
24.) Try Retinol
Retinol can help repair DNA damage from the sun and keep the top layer of the skin from building up and looking dull by increasing skin cell turnover.
It can increase the appearance of firmness by plumping fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinol can also help stimulate collagen and elastin production.
25.) Maximise The Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric may also revive skin by bringing out its natural glow as it contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components.
26.) Opt For a Natural Soap
Chances are the soap you use is laden with many chemicals such as SLS, Fragrance, Mineral Oils and other ingredients which are toxic for us.
Try using a natural and non-toxic soap such as Dr. Bronners.
27.) Coconut Oil = Best Friend
Coconut Oil can not only be eaten and cooked with, but also applied to the skin.
It has antimicrobial properties which may help with skin conditions such acne.
28.) Freshen Up with Cold Exposure
Cold water exposure has become a popular habit that people have been starting their day with and it can also help your skin.
When your skin is exposed to cold water, it helps improve blood circulation by constricting the capillaries to get rid of any redness.
29.) Eat Some Salmon
Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods for general well-being and especially good for skin health.
Chock full of omega-3, salmon helps to calm inflammation and is a good fat which helps the skin to make healthy oil.
30.) More Herbal Tea, Less Coffee
Coffee is a morning beverage for the majority of the adult population and it is packed with antioxidants.
However, it also raises cortisol levels and this can lead to break-outs for some people who drink coffee.
It also depends on what you’re adding to your coffee as dairy and sugar can be harmful for the skin and cause break-outs too.
Try drinking your coffee black and always go organic with a low mycotoxin profile.