Do you want more radiant skin? Some of the factors that cause our skin to age include lifestyle, diet, sun exposure, harsh weather, skincare regimen, and heredity. Luckily, you have an arsenal of tips and tricks at your disposal to help you fight the march of time. Let’s look at seven of the most popular skincare techniques to combat the aging of our skin.
#1: Diet & Lifestyle
Here’s a short list of lifestyle choices that can wreak havoc on our skin: smoking, drinking, being stressed out, not sleeping enough, and not eating a healthy diet. One place to start making improvements (so that you’ll hopefully age more gracefully) is getting a good night’s sleep–every night. Set aside an 8-hour sleep schedule and stick to it. Admittedly, this may sound easier said than done; but tips for a good night’s sleep include:
- Don’t eat or drink anything close to bedtime.
- Try to use your bedroom specifically for sleeping; keep it cool, dark, and quiet.
- Pass on the afternoon nap, and get a little exercise instead.
- Meditate a few minutes before bedtime to let go of your worries.
- Let technology help you get better sleep: download a “white noise” app and/or a sleep cycle app.
#2: Eco-Friendly Skincare Products
If your skincare products are friendly to the environment, there’s a good chance they’ll be friendly to your skin, too. And if you can’t figure out what half the ingredients in your skincare products are, it might be time to shop for something made with organic, natural ingredients instead. Go a step further and opt for cruelty-free skincare products; knowing you’re not contributing to the suffering of animals can help give you a radiant glow.
#3: The H2O Factor
It’s probably fair to say that most Americans are dehydrated most of the time. And while it may or may not be true that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day will keep your skin looking beautiful, hydration is a part of overall health and wellness.
#4: Avoid Excess Sun Exposure
One of the quickest paths of leathery skin is to become a sun worshipper, chasing summer down the Florida peninsula and into the Bahamas, lounging all day in the sun and hardly wearing a stitch. Do your future self a favor by wearing sunscreen and spending less time in the harsh tropical sun.
#5: Apply Vitamins to Your Skin
Our bodies love vitamins, and not just vitamins taken internally. The consensus seems to be that vitamins A, B, and C are great for topical application. Read the labels of your topical vitamin products carefully, however; Retinyl acetate, retinyl propionate, and retinyl palmitate are three vitamin A derivatives best avoided, and vitamin C should be used in the form of fresh ascorbic acid in concentrations of 10% or more and at a pH of 3 or lower.
#6: Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes accumulate dirt, oils, and bacteria over time, which can contribute to acne. Additionally, dirty brushes are more likely to irritate your skin and less likely to help you achieve your desired makeup look. Why risk contaminating your health or your skin’s health; many sources recommend washing your makeup brushes at least once a month.
Injectables such as dermal fillers and neuromodulators are popular components of a modern skincare regimen. Dermal fillers are injectable procedures that can help reduce wrinkles, smooth lines around the nose and mouth, plump the lips, add volume to temples or cheeks, and improve the symmetry of your facial features. Neuromodulators can soften–or even eliminate–wrinkles and lines, soften furrowed brows, and elevate brows. Injectables can also stimulate the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, giving the skin a more smooth quality.