As a child, you wanted to fast-forward time and become an adult. Now you’re looking for the pause or rewind button. Both time and youth are often appreciated the most when they’ve slipped away from our fingers. It would be great if one could get youthful skin by drinking from a mystical fountain. In reality, there are no miracles when it comes to youthful skin.
However, there are clinically-established ways to slow down the aging process. Knowing what to use and how to use it is the key to success. Although the market is flooded with skincare products, not every product will suit your skin type or needs.
The trick is to know your skin and know yourself. For example, beauty regimens that are time-consuming often don’t last very long for people with busy schedules. It's important to tailor your skincare routine to your lifestyle to ensure consistency and results. Here are five tips to leave your skin looking and feeling better as you age.
As you age, your skin begins to develop fine lines and wrinkles due to the loss of elastin and collagen. The solution is to boost collagen production by using ingredients like hyaluronic acid or retinol. There are over-the-counter options available, but prescription-strength products are often more effective. One of the most effective is tretinoin, which is a vitamin A derivative like retinol. While you can’t just buy it at any store, it is relatively easy to get. Simply set up an online consultation with a healthcare provider and tretinoin cream can be delivered to your door.
Hyaluronic acid is another option that helps your skin retain moisture, making it firmer and fuller. It is available in the form of gels, ointments, and even injections. The injectable route is usually for people who need immediate and long-lasting effects. If you choose to get fillers, make sure you work with a reputable medical professional since there are some risks.
A healthy diet is a prerequisite for radiant skin. You want to ensure your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals in needs, and to do that, remember your ABC’s. As discussed above, vitamin A is great for your skin. It naturally occurs in some fats such as cheese and eggs, so it’s easy enough to add to your diet. B vitamins, particularly B3, work wonders by retaining skin’s moisture. To add more vitamin B to your diet, include foods like chicken and lentils to strengthen your skin barrier and improve skin tone.
Citrus fruits not only contain the skin-boosting ingredient hyaluronic acid, but also vitamin C, which inhibits melanin synthesis and reduces hyperpigmentation. Even one glass of fresh orange juice can provide antioxidants to prevent ongoing damage to skin. Having vitamin D rich food, like fatty fish and mushrooms, can boost the skin’s immunity. It’s also a naturally-occurring antioxidant, which reduces skin damage from free radicals. Consuming a balance of all these vitamins is key to healthy skin.
Hydrated skin starts from within, so aim to consume at least eight glasses of water daily. Pair that with water-rich foods like cucumbers and melons for an extra boost. Water maintains your skin’s elasticity, making it less prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Once you have water in your system, make sure it stays hydrated by applying moisturizer regularly.
You need protection on the outside as well. The sun can be your skin’s worst enemy. Sunscreen is the superhero who can save the day. Sunscreen shields your skin from harmful UV rays, which can cause premature aging, dark spots, and even skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and apply it generously every morning, even on cloudy days.
Now that you know some skincare essentials, you need to know how to start your day off right with good skin prep. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, your skin is exposed to pollutants that induce oxidative stress. Your job is to make sure your skin is clean and hydrated. Don’t overdo it by buying everything off the shelf and doubling on the ingredients. Read the labels carefully and create a feasible and sustainable routine that works for you.
Start off with a gentle cleanser that doesn’t involve vigorous scrubbing. Then amp up your skin immunity with avitamin-C serum and a retinol cream to boost collagen production. Next comes the moisturizer and finally the sunscreen. This simple five step regimen will ensure that your skin gets exactly what it needs to glow all day.
Just like your body recharges as it sleeps, night is the best time for nourishing and repairing your skin too. First, cleanse your skin to remove the dirt, oil, and makeup from the day. Exfoliate to remove dead cells and then apply retinol to promote collagen growth. Finally, apply aneye serum to reduce puffiness and fine lines and lock in the hydration with a moisturizer.
Keep in mind, all night creams in the world can’t replace the freshness you get after a good night’s sleep. Internal stress shows externally, so don’t forget to get some me-time for yourself. Another point to remember is that unwashed pillowcases may expose your skin to dirt. Fresh bed linen looks, smells, and feels better, so keep changing it regularly for good skin and good sleep.
Consistency is Key
The golden rule of skin care is not to expect immediate results. You must be patient and keep using the products consistently to see the difference. Sometimes, the skin gets worse before it gets better. That’s called skin purging. It is a good sign that your skin is detoxifying and creating fresh cells. And fresh cells are a great way to keep your skin looking radiant.