There are so many things we do every day that age our skin and by making changes in our daily regimen, we can turn back the clock. Below you will find some helpful hints for keeping that youthful glow
- Over cleansing – Aggressive brushes and too many products strip the skin of natural oils that we need to remain supple and luminous. Adopt a simplified system of daily nutrition for your skin. It’s okay to exfoliate a few times a week to maintain brightness. Intensify Facial Discs with pineapple enzyme can do the trick and a gentle anti-aging cleanser will purify the skin’s surface without removing our intrinsic moisture. Always moisturize after you wash.
- Not enough sleep – Sleep is a time for the body and skin to heal and soothe and restore. Whenever we skimp on sleep, the first place it shows is in our looks. The skin becomes sallow, and dark under-eye circles appear. Our skin cells need rest as do our muscles. Most people under 60 need 7 to 8 hours of sleep. So to look your best, adopt a soothing night time regimen that reduces stress. Chamomile tea, candle light, light evening exercise, and an early meal will ensure a good night’s rest. Sleep is essential for beauty. Apply a rich moisturizer with shea nut butter at night like Heal and Soothe Night.
- Organized beauty regiment- Too often people have a disorganized approach to beauty and skincare and they buy random skincare products that don’t work together to produce a desired result. This is based on lack of knowledge of proper skincare and anti-aging. For example, all their products have glycolic acid as an ingredient — the toner, the lotion, the eye cream, the night cream. This results in too much of one thing. In this case, one would end up dry and red. So instead, make a skin to-do list and discuss it with a knowledgeable skincare professional. Too many different products can over-stimulate the skin and cause status cosmetics — which means the skin can’t process so many different molecules and it ends up confused and irritated. A simple approach is always better.
- Say goodbye to sugar – These are the stealth sugars that make you gain weight and are hidden in many “low fat” diet products. Refined added sugars cause glycation of human tissues. In layman’s terms, this means they make molecules more brittle. Think of the top of a crème brulee to envision this process. If the skin and blood vessels are soaked with sugar they become less healthy and they age more rapidly. A few simple foods to help steer your diet in the right direction are kale, Greek yogurt, almonds, white fish, olive oil and passion fruit. They are loaded with antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory molecules. Once you begin choosing to eat the right foods it will make it easier to learn to identify and consume anti-aging foods.
- No more tanning – Every minute you spend sunbathing, even though it feels great, is slowly unraveling your collagen and elastin fibers. It’s like throwing your finest cashmere sweater in the dryer on high-heat. Our skin is a delicate weave of protein threads, much like a fabric. These linear wavy fibers of collagen+elastin keep the skin supple and smooth and soft. Tanning or over-sunning will turn these molecules into shredded wheat. The sun also damages the skin’s DNA, leading to skin cancers later in life. This translates into the dreaded trifecta of wrinkles, age spots and sagging. If you are enjoying the summer sun, wear a broad-spectrum mineral sunblock and at night after a day at the beach, apply anti-aging facial oil to seal in moisture while you sleep.