Your skin is your body’s largest and one of its most important organs.

The top layer of your skin is responsible for preventing bacteria and germs from entering the body and bloodstream. The middle layer of the skin produces sweat and supplies blood. And your bottom layer of skin helps regulate body temperature and cushions muscles and bones.

With all that skin does for us, we must protect it. Doing so also helps ensure you maintain a beautiful, youthful look for as long as possible.

Why Maintaining Healthy Skin Habits is Essential as You Age

Your skin changes as you get older. Your collagen production slows and you create less elastin, causing wrinkles. Fat distribution changes and affects your skin’s firmness. It also becomes rougher, more transparent, and age spots can develop. 

These things happen naturally as you age. But so many people are doing things to prematurely age their skin. Smoking, substance abuse, being out in the sun all the time without protection, tanning, excessive stress, unhealthy diets, and poor sleeping habits all contribute to premature aging.

Your skin starts to look and behave differently as you get older. But you don’t have to fast-track the process. That’s why maintaining healthy skin habits is so crucial.

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy Throughout Life

If you want to slow the skin-aging process, you must commit to prioritizing your skin health. As much as it’s about what you do to protect and take care of your skin, it’s also about being consistent with those habits to ensure results.

Adopting these five practices throughout your life will help ensure your skin stays healthy and beautiful.

Create a skincare routine

It seems like some people can do nothing to their skin and it’s healthy and supple as ever. But most people have to apply certain products and use certain techniques regularly to ensure their skin stays healthy.

Your skin health depends so much on the strength of your skincare routine. The first step is figuring out the state of your skin. For example, do you have hyperpigmentation or acne? Is your skin dry and rough? Is it oily and sensitive?

Once you understand details about your skin, you can start searching for products that will help you with your skin issues and restore your skin’s health. Your routine will likely be different for morning and night. Keep this in mind when shopping for products.

Getting the right products will take some trial and error. So, it’s best to document how your skin reacts to certain products until you find the combination that works best for your morning and night routines.

Finally, keep your skincare routine simple and stay consistent.

Eat a well-balanced diet

One of the best things you can do to prevent premature skin aging is to eat healthy foods. A well-balanced diet provides the essential vitamins and nutrients for skin cells and the cellular turnover process.

Also, eating foods like fish and nuts with healthy oils and omega-3 fatty acids helps promote collagen production. Along with foods rich in healthy oils and omega-3 fatty acids, make sure fruits and vegetables, good proteins, soy, and green tea are a part of your diet.


Many people overlook the importance of hydrating when it comes to preserving skin health and elasticity. Your skin starts to look dull, and fine lines and wrinkles get deeper without the proper hydration.

When your body is hydrated, your skin retains moisture better, leaving you with youthful, supple, radiant skin, even as you age. So, drink lots of water every day. The recommended amount is 15 ½ cups for men and 11 ½ cups for women.

Try anti-aging treatments

In addition to the home remedies mentioned above, you can add advanced anti-aging treatments to your skin health routine. Sometimes, it takes a bit more than a good diet, water, and a skincare routine to maintain great skin, especially as you get older.

You can prevent and treat age spots and improve the look and feel of your skin with the following advanced treatments:

  • Laser therapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Cryosurgery
  • Botox
  • Microneedling

Be sure that you do your research on these anti-aging treatments beforehand. Do a consultation to learn all that goes into the treatment you choose and what the risks are. Talk it over with your family to ensure you’re making the best decision.

Protect your skin from the sun 

Many of us love to get out and enjoy the sunshine. But ultraviolet (UV) rays can harm your skin. They enter the innermost layers of your skin and trigger chemical changes that can damage your DNA and lead to skin issues like painful sunburns and skin cancer.

Start with applying sunscreen every day, even when the sun isn’t out. UV rays are still present with an overcast. Aside from sunscreen, try other techniques to protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. These include:

  • Getting regular skin checks
  • Eating an antioxidant-rich diet
  • Wearing protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats
  • Seeking shade and limiting sun exposure when you’re out

Be diligent about protecting your skin from the sun.

The way our skin ages is an intricate process. Although there are things you can’t avoid that age your skin, there are also things you can stop and start doing to protect your skin health. A good first step is implementing the tips above.

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