Let’s be real, nobody’s getting any younger anytime soon.
Nobody wants to take a look in the mirror only to see a pair of crow’s feet staring
back at them.
While we might be able to offer up the fountain of youth, there are a handful of tips, tricks
and techniques you can incorporate into your skin care routine in order to keep yourself
looking younger for as long as possible.
Here are just a few skincare tips you can try to employ in order to keep the wrinkles
away and keep yourself looking and feeling young.
Start With a Good Cleanser
Any dermatologist will tell you that what
you take off of your face is just as important for skin care as what you put on it.
A good cleanser is an important part of your skin care routine because it helps to wash
off the makeup and other skin products you’ve been wearing throughout the day along with
the oils, pollutants, toxins and bacteria which might have accumulated on your skin
over the course of your daily business.
By washing your skin off with a gentle cleanser, it also helps by protecting your skin and
making it resistant to dehydration and other possible causes of skin damage.
Additionally, not only does a cleanser help clean and protect your skin, but it also makes
your skin more prepared to receive other skincare products and absorb them more effectively.
Just make sure to pay close attention to the ingredients that make up your cleanser, as
some of these cleansers can be potentially harsh on your skin depending on what they’re
2. Use an Exfoliant
Now that we’ve got your skin all nice and
clean by way of a gentle cleanser, the next step is to make use of either a physical or
a chemical exfoliant.
But why do we need to exfoliate in the first place?
For starters, as you get older your skin starts to slow down when it comes to replenishing
itself, meaning dead skin isn’t replaced as quickly as it used to be.
Exfoliating helps to gently scrape away that superfluous dead skin that’s currently contributing
to your aging looks, and washing away those dead skin cells and reveal your fresh face
Exfoliants can be broken up into two categories: physical exfoliants and chemical exfoliants.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended that you avoid harsher exfoliants such as
scrubs and beaded cleansers, and they can potentially cause your skin to sag.
Instead, a simple soft sponge or washcloth is all you need to get rid of those pesky
dead skin cells.
3. Use Plenty of Moisturizer
Keeping your skin good and moist is one of
the most important ways to protect your skin from the aging process.
As you get older, your skin starts to lose its supply of sebum.
While there is a silver lining to losing out on sebum– less chance of acne, for starters–
the loss of sebum also means that your skin is more likely to dry out more easily as well
as more quickly.
If you want to avoid dry skin and wrinkles, make sure to apply plenty of moisturizer in
order to keep your epidermis nice and lubricated.
So what kinds of moisturizers should you be on the lookout for?
Well, the best moisturizers are the ones that contain what’s known as water-binding humectants
such as glycerine and hyaluronic acid, as well as other ingredients such as petrolatum
and mineral oil.
Moisturizer can potentially trap bacteria in your skin, so make sure to clean and exfoliate
before you start applying!
4. Apply Some Anti Aging Serums
While the run of the mill moisturizers are
all well and good in terms of your skin care routine, there also exist more specialized
serums out there which use more active ingredients than your usual average moisturizer.
Among anti aging serums and other products, some key ingredients to be on the lookout
for include derivatives of vitamin A and vitamin C such as retinol, tretinoin, tazarotene,
and L-ascorbic acid.
These ingredients are able to help your skin in a variety of different ways: not only do
they help increase the collagen content of your skin, but they also serve and antioxidants;
You know we always love us some antioxidants.
These ingredients help protect your body’s cells from biological and environmental oxidative
stress, which can play a pivotal role in the aging process.
Just make sure that you pat these serums onto your skin as opposed to rubbing them in.
5. Always Wear Sunscreen
As nice as it looks and feels to even out
your tan, you should take some precautions to make sure you don’t accidentally overdo
it by soaking up too much of the sun’s rays.
Sunlight in too high a concentration can potentially break down the collagen in your skin, causing
it to lose its elasticity, and can also cause uneven patches of pigmentation to break out
on your skin.
That means wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from the physical signs of aging that can
be brought about by too much sunlight.
Make sure your sunscreen of choice is on the broad spectrum of SPF 30 or higher to make
sure your skin is safely covered.
And don’t just save your sunscreen for beach days and hiking trips either: make sure you’re
wearing it whenever it’s sunny out.
Hopefully, this video was able to with some helpful tips and tricks in order to up your
skincare game and find some tips to stave off the signs and symptoms of aging.
But now the ball’s in your court: what are some other useful techniques and trade secrets
of your skincare routine that you’re cool with sharing?
If you have anything to add or contribute, be sure to let us know in the comments section
below and help us keep the conversation going.