24th June, 2011 - Posted by Victoria Girard - No Comments
One of the benefits of getting older is the beauty of getting wiser. Although, I love the idea of being wise, I do not want to be wizened with the ravages of time. I’ll take being wise but I want to look much younger than my years.
These simple tips help minimize the signs of aging and boost the overall health of your skin. Consistency is key in the quest for healthy skin. The small things add up and with consistency will promote more youthful skin.
1. Clean Your Face Every Night.
The most important time to wash your face is at night before you go to bed. It is crucial to wash away the dirt, grime, and makeup that builds up on your face during the day or your skin may start to exhibit problems such as irritation, clogged pores, and breakouts.
2. Exfoliate 2-3 Times a Week.
Regular exfoliation sweeps away dead skin revealing smoother skin and increases cell turnover which promotes more youthful skin. Exfoliation also allows your skin care products to penetrate more deeply and work more effectively.
3. Promote Youthful Skin With Light.
LED light therapy is an amazing technology that uses red and infrared light wavelengths to penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin where they boost collagen production. The results are astounding, to say the least, and include younger looking skin, smoother skin, smaller pores, reduced wrinkles, diminished scars and much more.
4. Use an SPF Moisturizer.
Sun exposure is the #1 cause of premature aging and skin damage can happen any time of the year. Wear an SPF moisturizer daily to protect your skin from aging too quickly.
5. Reduce Stress.
Stress can make your skin look 5-10 years older than your actual age. Constant anxiety and stress increases the levels of the hormone cortisol which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. Meditation, listening to music, deep breathing, reading, and light therapy are all great options when dealing with stressful situations.
6. Eat Antioxidants.
Antioxidant rich foods such as berries, oranges, beans, nuts, and vegetables suppress inflammation and fight free radicals. A diet rich in antioxidants protects your skin cells from the damage and destruction that free radicals cause in the form of wrinkles, rough skin, and age spots.
7. Update Your Skin Care Routine.
After about a year of applying the same products consistently to your skin, it slips into maintenance mode. By changing just one product every 6-12 months you can kick your routine into higher gear and get more impressive results.
8. Take In Omega 3s and 6s.
These healthy essential fatty acids are found in items such as salmon, mackerel, flaxseed, and almonds. These “good fats” boost hydration, fight inflammation, and maintain healthy cell membranes. You should consume these foods several times week or take a daily supplement of 1,000mg.
9. Regular Exercise.
Not only is exercise important for good health, studies have shown that women who exercise regularly have firmer skin than women who don’t exercise at all. Working out infuses your skin with oxygen and nutrients that are crucial for the production of collagen.