Anti-Aging Skin Care
If you’re already noticing the signs of aging (think, wrinkled skin or fine lines), it’s not too late to reverse the hands of time. These products are must-haves for any anti-aging skincare list.
One of the most common ways to keep your skin healthy and supple is by cleansing it every morning and night. During the day, our skin absorbs pretty much everything we come in contact with, including:
- Heavy metals
- Acid rain
All of these pollutants can speed up the skin’s aging process.
At night, our skin not only absorbs bacteria (including bacteria from dead skin cells, our pillows, and our saliva), but it also aids in shedding toxins. Our bodies release these toxins through our pores while we sleep.
It’s just as important to use a gentle cleanser in the morning as it is at night.
To stay smooth and tight, the skin needs tons of moisture. Our bodies aren’t always able to create enough moisture to keep our skin from drying out. Using a good moisturizer in the morning and at night (as well as an all-day moisturizer with an SPF) can help prevent wrinkles.
Serums add nutrients to the skin and protect it from the elements and bacteria. Serums are applied to the skin before applying a moisturizer or sunscreen. They can prevent pores from clogging while delivering tons of moisture to each layer of your dermis.
Nutrients can help the skin retain its elasticity. Vitamins A, B, C, and D are all important to maintain a healthy glow and wrinkle-free skin. Fatty acids from fish can also help keep skin healthy and prevent the signs of aging.
Taking supplements can help you get all the nutrients your skin needs. The good news is that there are plenty of supplements specially designed for healthy skin.
There are even supplements that contain collagen and peptides to help replace the collagen your body has lost through poor diet or other lifestyle choices.
How to Prevent Wrinkles, Fine Lines, and Sagging Skin
It’s easier to prevent fine lines and wrinkles than it is to reverse the hands of time.
Yet if time has already left its mark on your skin, it’s never too late to get on the anti-aging bandwagon. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to reverse the effects of aging.
From moisturizers to injections and serums, you’ll find an anti-aging treatment that works for you.
Avoid the Sun
The sun can wreak major havoc on our skin. Its rays penetrate our dermis, drying it out and killing skin cells.
Some sun is good for us (it’s how we absorb vitamin D!). But too much sun can lead to premature aging.
Avoid the sun for most hours of the day. Cover up with hats and long sleeves. If covering up doesn’t make sense, wear a good sunscreen with a high SPF.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and moisturizer to replenish any moisture your skin may have lost throughout the day.
Most dermatologists recommend moisturizing after you shower or cleanse your skin in the morning and after you cleanse your skin at night. Try to use a moisturizer that’s formulated for your skin type (and for the time of day you’ll be using it).
Most daytime moisturizers are a little heavier to help protect your skin from the sun, wind, and elements. Nighttime ones are a little lighter to prevent clogging pores as you sleep.
Just as it’s important to moisturize your skin, it’s important to stay hydrated from the inside out, too. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush toxins and keep your skin supple and smooth.
Protect Your Skin From the Elements
The wind, rain (especially acid rain), sun, cold, and heavy metals can all wreak havoc on your skin.
Not only can the sun and windburn or dry out your skin, but cold weather can draw out moisture — and heavy metals in the air (such as flecks of metal from trains, cars, and trolleys) can become embedded in your skin.
Using a good serum can help protect your skin from these elements. Cleansing your skin each night can ensure toxins don’t make their way into your dermis any further.
Take Care of Your Whole Body
If you want your skin to glow from the inside out, you’ll want to take care of your entire body — not just your dermis.
Some of the best ways to prevent wrinkles and premature aging include:
- Eating nutritious foods
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding sugar, alcohol, heavily processed foods, and allergens
- Listening to your body
It’s so important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Exercising can lower cortisol levels, reduce stress, and increase lymphatic drainage.
What we put in our bodies matters as much as what we put on them. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugar, alcohol, and heavily processed foods can help keep skin looking young.
Smoking is one of the most notorious causes of fine lines and wrinkles. If you currently smoke cigarettes, we recommend quitting to prevent further skin damage. We also recommend avoiding second-hand smoke too.
Avoid Sugar, Alcohol, Processed Foods, and Allergens
Sugar and alcohol can disrupt the pH balance of your skin and should be eaten in moderation. It’s also important to avoid food allergens. If you’re unsure if you have any allergies or food sensitivities, you may want to get an at-home test kit, so you can know which foods to avoid.
Listen To Your Body
Your body does a pretty good job of alerting you to imbalances. If you’re overly tired, dehydrated, or simply don’t feel good, we recommend getting checked out by an online doctor. The skin is the largest organ in the body, so when your body’s systems are out of balance, your skin will be too.