Avoid the enemies of soft skin
Alcohol, smoking, caffeine, and excessive sun exposure are all factors that threaten healthy skin. “Being healthy overall—not smoking or drinking alcohol—helps your body in so many ways, including your skin,” Dr. Barankin says. Alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes act as diuretics, dehydrating the skin and causing a sallow color, while too much sun also encourages skin damage. “[If] you look at older people where they haven’t had sun, the skin is actually soft and supple, so we know pollution and sunlight do play a role,” Dr. Barankin adds.