Stop Skin from Acting it’s Age
Anti-aging skin care is probably the most popular and sought after treatment out there. Who doesn't want to look young for as long as possible? It’s definitely one of my favorite topics, and how I got started with my current business. I’ve loved skin care since I was a teenager, always reading up on the latest articles and caring for my skin since I was 16. I was lucky to have been blessed with good genes. I remember my mom and aunts hardly having a wrinkle way into mature ages. I used to admire them and say “I want to look like them when I get older!”. Well, here I am! Luckily I do frequently get compliments on my skin.
So what's the secret to having and keeping youthful looking skin? Here are some of the tips I’ve learned throughout the years.
First, we need to know what actually causes skin to age. Skin becomes thinner as we age and loses its ability to hold moisture, therefore becoming drier. Collagen and elastin are what keeps skin thicker, and firmer and help to retain the plump smooth appearance. Production of this slows down dramatically after age 40. This process actually starts happening as early as age 20. This is why its so important to start taking care of your skin early into your 20s so you can enjoy its beauty later on as the years pass.
Age not only appears on your face, but one of the main areas where it’s noticed is the neck where the skin is even thinner and more sensitive to show the signs of aging. Another is the skin of your hands.
So how do you keep your skin from acting its age? Here are some tips.
1-Protect your skin from the sun. The top culprit for skin damage is the sun. The sun causes 90-95% of the wrinkles and lines, as well as the dark dislocations on our skin, and can lead to skin cancer.
There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB.
UVA rays are the ones responsible for causing the wrinkles and dark spots and UVB rays can burn the skin. Too much exposure to both can lead to skin cancer. So the best thing is to ensure you wear a sunscreen that gives you protection from both with a minimum SPF of 15.
I like to wear a moisturizer with an SPF of 15-20 every day as part of my daily morning skincare routine.
2- What are you putting inside your body? What you take in will definitely show up on your skin. One is smoking. I can easily tell someone is a smoker by their skin. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, therefore the skin cannot get all the nutrients and oxygen it needs to maintain and produce the collagen and elastin to keep it looking youthful. If you smoke, you are already accelerating the aging effects, plus the wrinkles it creates from constantly using the facial muscles to purse lips or make facial expressions will cause that skin to wrinkle faster.
Eating a healthy diet will definitely show up on your face! Eating lots of fresh veggies and fruits will give your skin a healthy youthful glow from the Vitamin C and antioxidants they contain.
Drinking plenty of fluids especially water will hydrate and keep skin plumped, but be sure to stay away from sodas and excessive alcohol and caffeine as that will actually make your skin age more.
3- Be gentle with your skin Repeated facial expressions will cause wrinkles and lines to form in those areas. That's why Botox works so well on wrinkles. It stops those facial muscles from working and, therefore, causing wrinkles. So next time you catch yourself making the same facial expressions, think wrinkles! Of course, you want to laugh and be yourself, just be aware not to over do those facial expressions :).
Keep those hands away. Putting your hands all over your face and neck, rubbing eyes lips and chin not only bring dirt and germs, but you are adding to wear and tear on the skin. Treat your skin with care, so keep those hands away.
Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face and neck, not harsh soaps because they will strip the oils from your skin and make it drier and prone to wrinkles. Find one that is specific to the face and neck. Use warm water, not hot, as that will also cause drying. Avoid long hot baths and showers as that will also dry out your skin from its natural oils. Moisturize twice a day, in the morning with an SPF moisturizer and a good moisturizing night cream at night. Moisturizers keep skin from drying out, as when skin dries, it cause wrinkles to deepen. Moisturizers will “plump” the skin and smooth out some of the lines.
4- Wash your face before going to sleep—just like your teeth, your face and neck reap the best rewards at night while you sleep. Your skin has been exposed to all kinds of dirt, dust, toxins as well as the makeup you wore all day. You don't want to sleep with all that gunk of the entire day on your skin. So be sure to remove all the makeup and cleanse it well before bed. Washing with water alone won't be effective. Apply a good night moisturizer so your skin can rest and absorb all the goodies in that product while you sleep. You will wake up with a fresher complexion.
5-Exfoliate — wrinkles and fine lines can be minimized by removing dead skin. When you exfoliate away the dead skin, the new cells underneath will appear and the moisturizer can reach those new cells and the skin will appear smoother and softer decreasing the appearance of those wrinkles. Do this with a good mild scrub or glycolic at least once a week. When you “scrub” do it gently with an upward motion, remember that the skin is fragile, so treat it gently.
6-Don’t skimp on good skincare. If looking youthful is important to you, then make it a priority. If you spend money on clothes, going out to eat, or even a daily latte, put some of that money towards good skincare. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just needs to be a good product. Look at the ingredients. Stay away from mineral oil and other emulsifiers that block pores. Your skin needs to breathe.
See if it contains some of the ingredients that will help with anti-aging. Some are rich with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, vitamin A or retinol. But be careful with Retinol as it can cause redness and peeling. A plant based retinoid of phytinol will not do that and works just as well or better. My favorite is Genius.
Another is hydroxy acids which will help with the exfoliating process. Which will get rid of those dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new smoother skin cells. Just be sure to wear a good sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF to protect your new skin layers from the harmful rays of sunlight. This will allow that new skin to appear smoother and less pigmented avoiding those “dark spots”.
Bottom line, treat your skin with care. If you take care of it, and stick to some of these tips, you will notice the difference within a few days and definitely within the first few weeks. You will be on your way to a glowing youthful appearance.
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