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Tips for Healthy Skin as You Age


Skin naturally changes as you age. You lose fullness, gain lines and wrinkles and notice dryness more often – and it’s inevitable. What isn’t out of your control, however, is how you treat your skin throughout your lifetime. There are dozens of factors that influence the way your complexion changes over time, and many of those come from lifestyle choices you made as a teenager and young adult, and carried on to your everyday habits.

Beyond the natural wear and tear God expected to come of your skin, there are numerous ways to maintain healthy skin as you age and ensure overall wellness in your complexion. Here are a few tips:

1. Don’t Think Twice About Unhealthy Habits
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that smoking and drinking alcohol is detrimental to overall health. These two harmful habits are especially bad for the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Drinking excess alcohol dehydrates the skin, while smoking causes wrinkles and an unnatural, yellow complexion. Consider this information more reason not to think twice about picking up these bad habits.

2. Prioritize Stress Management
Too much stress can cause an imbalance in your hormones, ultimately making your skin more sensitive and prone to acne flare ups and other conditions. By prioritizing stress management through Bible study, prayer, relaxation techniques and hobbies that keep you happy, you can reduce blemishes in your complexion.

3. Stay Hydrated
Whether you’re drinking lots of water or relying on your primarily raw, plant-based diet to keep you hydrated throughout the day, either habit can positively benefit your skin. Proper hydration helps the skin retain elasticity and prevents it from drying out or becoming flaky, according to The Health Journals.

Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. Maintain a Regular Skin Care Regimen
If you don’t already follow a normal day and night skin care regimen, now’s a good time to consider one. Twice a day, use a mild cleanser to remove the dirt and dead skin cells from your face. Be gentle while cleansing and pat your face dry after rinsing to avoid irritation. Don’t forgot to conclude the regimen with moisturizer – this will lock in the hydration and keep your skin smooth and firm.

Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week gives it a rougher clean, buffing away dead skin cells that tend to cause clogged pores. It also reduces lines and wrinkles in your complexion. Be sure to follow up an exfoliation with moisturizer as well.

5. Minimize Makeup Use
As if you didn’t already have to worry about the harmful toxins and chemicals found in processed foods, makeup and other beauty products can have unwanted additives as well. To take best care of your skin, minimize makeup use at all costs. If you don’t plan to stop wearing makeup, simply buy organic. Look for products labeled natural or organic and read the ingredients label to make sure the beauty supplies you use is free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, oxybenzone and other harmful chemicals.

6. Follow a Nutrient-Rich Diet
To keep your skin looking young and healthy, you must fuel your body with a nutrient-rich diet! Healthy skin relies on antioxidants like vitamins C, E, A and B complex.  Tomatoes, citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables and carrots are excellent choices when it comes to skin care, but all of the plant-based foods we recommend eating on the Hallelujah Diet are safe and beneficial to the entire body.

For more information on how to take the right steps to look and feel your best with age, sign up for one of our upcoming health retreats.


  1. This was a great blog…Good information concerning taking good care of your skin. I thank God i don’t smoke or consume alcohol. Drinking water is a good habit from what the blog said. Real good tips for the skin.

  2. Tip #5 is so true. Not only does it have harmful ingredients but I have seen older women look like they were wearing a Halloween mask. I think if they could see themselves they would not do that. I am 76, I do not wear makeup and I get compliments on my beautiful porcelain like skin.

  3. Carolyn B, Calhoun October 21, 2017

    So important to get plenty of good healthy water. Use make-up wisely. Thanks for the good information.

  4. Connie Gesser October 21, 2017

    I just read Gloria’s comment. I certainly don’t want to be one of those older women who look like they are wearing a Halloween mask! I’m glad taking care of my skin from the inside out will make a difference.

    I can see where staying hydrated and avoiding or minimizing make-up is a good idea.

  5. What you eat and drink definitely make a difference in your overall health, which includes your skin. Staying well hydrated is a must!

    Proper skin care is essential. I completely agree that heavy makeup tends to make some women appear older.

    I am grateful that I take after my mother and grandmother with regard to my skin. While I prefer to wear some light makeup, I don’t feel the need to put on a “full mask” every day.

  6. Catherine November 7, 2017

    Does Hallelujah Acres carry skin care products or make-up?

    • Melody Hord November 8, 2017

      Hi Catherine,
      Hallelujah Diet does not carry make-up or skin care products, other than wonderful soaps. The soaps that contain jojoba oil are recommended as a shampoo, as well. I have found that both extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil are ideal for moistening the skin. One of the best supplements Hallelujah Diet carries for hair, skin and nails, is silica powder. Silica helps with elasticity and smoothness of the skin. Learn about the role of silica in this great webinar! Silica is one of my favorites because it helps with joint flexibility, too.

  7. Two companies I know of that do carry natural makeup are Gabriel and Arbonne.
    When Hallelujah Diet had the health food store in Gastonia, NC three years ago, I purchased blush by Gabriel. I enjoyed using the product.

  8. Since I posted in October 20, 2017
    Things have changed. Life happens and stress can do more than cause blemishes. When you are older you need to be aware of your expressions. Gravity pulls down …… need I say more. Also, I happened to catch a glimpse of my face in a mirror and it was not a pretty sight. MY mouth was in a tight grimace with wrinkles everywhere. We need to be aware and relax our face. Keep the mouth relaxed and lift the corners of your lips. No wonder young children are afraid of us when we speak to them.

  9. This is great advice for skin care. I try to be more mindful of my skincare routine now that I’m getting older. It’s so important to take care of your body inside and out.

  10. Annette Whitworth November 29, 2019

    Good information about the skin. I love drinking plenty of water. It helps with our skin too.

  11. Great advice on skin care, I always try to be mindful of my skin care routine and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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