1.Quit smoking and avoid cigarette smoke. Besides causing cancer and wreaking havoc on your lungs, heart, and circulatory system, smoking dries out your skin and makes it look old and wrinkled. Cigarette smoke destroys the capillaries on the surface of your skin which deprives it of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to thrive, and even the act of smoking causes lines to form around the mouth and eyes.
2.Protect your skin from the sun. Ultraviolet rays from the sun dry out your skin and make it look leathery as well as causing permanent discoloration and age spots. Constant sun exposure and sunburn is linked to skin cancer. Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially between 10am and 4pm when it's most intense. Use 15 SPF (or higher) sunscreen every day, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and keep your arms, shoulders, and legs covered if you must be out in the sun.
3. Feed your skin with healthy foods. Your skin needs nourishment from the vitamins and minerals found in fresh, wholesome foods. Support cell growth and regeneration with the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, and dark green vegetables. Fruits and vegetables also contain antioxidant vitamins C and E which protect the skin, and vitamins B and A which help replenish damaged skin cells.
4.Avoid saturated fats, processed sugars, and excessive alcohol. Saturated fats and processed sugars lead to breakouts and can make your skin look oily and shiny. Drinking too much alcohol dehydrates your body and dries your skin, and alcohol leaches the nutrients from your blood that your skin needs to look healthy and fresh.
5.Get a good night's sleep every night. The effects of one night of poor sleep are evident in the morning---pale skin, dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Long-term lack of sleep makes these effects permanent and causes premature aging. Getting at least 8 solid hours of sleep a night keeps your skin looking fresh and healthy, and saves you time and money because you will not have to use creams and makeup to hide the effects of inadequate sleep.