1. Sun protection:
Sunlight is good for the body. It helps one to get vitamin D. But too much of exposure can damage skin. It can cause photodamage with early onset of wrinkles and sagging of skin.
One should use protective clothing and shades. Sunscreen should be a part of daily skin care. It should not be limited to trips to the beach. Sunscreen must be applied 15 to 30 minutes before exposure to the sun. It must be reapplied in case an individual is under intense sunlight for a prolonged duration or else if it gets removed.
2. Do not smoke:
Smoking reduces blood supply to the skin. There is a narrowing of small blood vessels which deliver nutrients. It also impairs the quality of components, like collagen and elastin fibers, which make up our skin.
3. Eat healthy diet:
Nutrition obtained from a healthy diet helps in repair and rebuilding of skin. Food should contain fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
4. Regular exercise:
Research has shown that exercise helps in reducing signs of aging in individuals who start exercising late in life. It also helps one retain a youthful skin as we grow older. The exact mechanism by which exercise contributes to youthful skin is not yet clear.
5. Gentle cleansing of skin:
Prolonged bath with harsh soaps depletes the skin of essential oils. Use of mild cleansing agents is recommended. Moisturizers are good for skin. Especially, for individuals with dry skin.