As you age, your skin becomes drier and loses its elasticity, which results in droopiness and wrinkles. While you can't completely halt the process of aging, you can slow its progress. Without spending a fortune on creams and dermatologist sessions, you can keep your skin looking younger and more supple just by making simple, healthy changes to your daily routine.
Eat fruits and vegetables with their skins, if the skins are edible. Fruit and vegetable skins contain pectin and minerals that help your cells repair themselves. The flesh also has vitamins, such as vitamin E, which promote a healthy epidermis.
Drink more tea, especially black tea and green tea, which contain tannins. Tannins improve the elasticity of your skin.
Stay hydrated during the day by drinking plain water, tea or juice. Just be careful about drinking too much juice, as it has high sugar levels.
Wear sunscreen anytime you will be in direct sunlight for more than an hour, even during the winter. Sunburns will hasten the onset of wrinkles, and a history of severe sunburns can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Exfoliate your skin gently with a washcloth or gentle loofah pad once a week. Moderate exfoliation is good for the skin, because it removes dirt, grime and soap scum better than superficial washing. But be careful not to over-exfoliate, because you can rub your skin raw and damage it.
Use mild soaps and lotions to clean and moisturize your skin. Fragrances and dyes can cause allergic reactions that make your skin look blotchy and red. If you use a toner or astringent, only use these products once every few days, and apply them at night so that your skin is not irritated during the day.
Use an oil- or petroleum-based moisturizer if you live in an arid climate, and use a light, water-based lotion if you live in a humid climate. This will maintain the balance of water in your skin.