Creating an Effective Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
Are you doing all the right things to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy or are you just going through the motions and spending money on products you don’t need?
It’s time to give your anti-aging routine a tune-up! Achieving younger-looking skin is all about following time-tested, skin care best practices and using the right products at the right time. By following these simple tips, you can simplify your daily ritual, stop wasting money on unnecessary products, and start seeing better results.
In a society that loves the idea of eternal youth and age-defying beauty, plastic surgery has become a wildly popular option. However, for those of us searching for an alternative to the knife (or looking to supplement procedures with additional care), we’re forced to choose between the hundreds of products that all claim to be made of waters from the fountain of youth. But in all reality, when it comes to anti-aging skin care, some ingredients and tactics are far more effective than others.
As you craft your personal anti-aging skin care routine, consider this advice:
Wear Sunscreen Year-Round: It may be the most popular piece of skincare advice of all time…but for good reason. Protecting your skin from UV rays, starting at a young age, will vastly improve your skin while significantly preventing skin damage that cause premature signs of aging.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: Well-hydrated skin is known to deter the formation of wrinkles. Not only does it stand up better to the elements, but moisturized skin is less likely to crack and break as well. So start searching for a moisturizer, an eye cream (beginning in your twenties), and a lip balm that work for you.
Sleep: Your body benefits greatly from sleep. It’s the time of day where your body stores memories, recuperates from the madness of the day, and balances your hormones. It’s also crucial for the production of essential skin components: collagen (the chemical that gives your skin much of its elasticity) and hyaluronic acid (a vital ingredient for tissue repair).
Give Up Smoking: It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you, leading to diseases like lung cancer and heart failure. However, it also causes severe damage to the skin, thanks to the nicotine found in cigarettes and its affect on the body’s blood vessels.
Always Take Your Vitamin C: The vitamin (both when part of a diet and when applied topically) is one of the most effective fighters of free radicals and the havoc that they wreak on skin. There are a plethora of healthy foods that are loaded with the vitamin—bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, and leafy greens, while many products contain the topical form: from serums and moisturizers to toners and even cleansers.
Use Retinoids and Retinol: Perhaps the most popular ingredient found in most anti-aging products, retinol is widely considered to be the most effective wrinkle-reducing product on the market. However, retinoids (which require a prescription) are scientifically shown to “cure” skin at a molecular level. So talk to your dermatologist to see if retinoids would be a good addition to your skin care routine.
Don’t Underestimate Antioxidants: In addition to vitamin C and retinol, there are hundreds of beneficial antioxidants that are often seen in skin care. Topical vitamin E is widely known for its protective qualities against factors like UV and oxidative damage. Another popular antioxidant, resveratrol is found in red wine, grapes, nuts, and berries. When applied topically, the antioxidant increases collagen production, reduces damage done to skin cells, and offers anti-inflammatory properties.
Avoid Processed Sugar. Let the collective groans begin. Perhaps the most disliked (and hard-to-follow) rule on the anti-aging “avoid” list, the no-sugar ordinance is actually an essential one when it comes to maintaining a youthful appearance. Processed sugar affects collagen production and causes water retention (and inflammation), resulting in dull, wrinkle-prone skin.
So as you figure out which anti-aging regimen fits your lifestyle best, don’t forget to consider the most effective methods to maintaining eternally spry skin.