Are you happy with the condition of your skin?
A healthy lifestyle plus targeted beauty products and low-key procedures are the way to a flawless complexion.
Good genes are just one of the many factors determining how good your skin will look as you age.
But there are some important things you can do for a beautiful complexion, regardless of what Mother Nature gave you.
Practice Proper Nutrition & Hydration
Eating sugar (in the form of sweets or soda) and even foods with a high glycemic index (like pasta, white bread, and potatoes causes wrinkles.
It triggers a natural process called glycation, which damages elastin and collagen – two substances your skin needs to stay supple and elastic.
Fill your shopping cart with fresh fruit, plenty of vegetables, and healthy proteins to have your skin appear younger looking.
Cosmetic dermatologists recommend you drink lots of water to hydrate from the inside out and incorporate the intake of “good fats” found in flaxseed oil, walnuts, and olive oil into your diet to moderate and retain water in the skin.
Get 8 hours Sleep per Night Minimum
Enough shut eye allows your skin to repair and renew itself.
By getting your fill, you will reduce stress, dark circles, and puffy eyes.
Not able to get it consistently?
Make up for lost sleep with an occasional nap.
Stick With a Skincare Regimen
Most skincare experts advise protecting your skin with SPF of at least 25 every day all year long.
Research shows that the leading cause of wrinkles and a dull, aged complexion is exposure to the sun.
Surprisingly, most of this sun exposure comes from incidental exposure such as through the windscreen when you are driving, going for a walk or run, and even sitting inside your home near a window!
Though the burning (UVB) rays peak in the warmer months, the aging (UVA) rays are consistently strong all year round, so they slather up daily and reapply throughout the day.
In addition to sunscreen, use vitamin-A enriched products that contain retinol or retinaldehyde to increase cell turnover.
Practice weekly exfoliating with the use of an at-home microdermabrasion kit to improve the texture and colour of your skin, and nightly use anti-aging creams with antioxidants to even skin tone, increase firmness, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and brighten the skin.
Fraxel® Laser is a good treatment to reverse the signs of ageing.
It treats age spots, brown spots, and wrinkles around the eyes by creating microscopic wounds that trigger collagen production.
LimeLight Facial™ works well for hyperpigmentation and red areas on the skin, both signs of damaged skin.
Suggested products to try:
- Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30, formulated with Zinc oxide, is lightweight, sheer, and matte, so it is perfect for under makeup.
- Skin 2 Skin Organic Anti-Photoaging SPF 30 is fragrance-free and lightly tinted for a bit of coverage.
- Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-In-1 Day Cream SPF 30 uses anti-glycation technology to fortify collagen and elastin, so skin stays firmer and smoother. £42.50 at bathandbodyworks.com.
- CosMedix Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum is full of antioxidants to correct and prevent photodamage.
- Therapy Systems Cellular Repair accelerates new cell production and collagen growth and reduces the visible signs of aging.
- Zia Natural Microdermabrasion System will resurface, soothe, and nourish your skin.
In summary, eat a healthy, nutritious diet, drink plenty of fluids, get a good night’s sleep, use the right products, and occasionally visit an anti-aging professional.
The payoff will be glowing, radiant, younger-looking skin.