Ten Ways to Maintain Fresh, Youthful Skin
Are you interested in learning how to protect your skin from environmental dangers to prevent wrinkles and age spots? Here are DocShop's top ten tips on how to keep your skin looking lush and beautiful through the decades.
1) Wear Sunscreen
Faithfully wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to postpone the signs of aging - and the younger you start, the longer you can avoid wrinkles and sun damage. But while many men and women do wear sunscreen daily, most do not apply enough. Dermatologists recommend applying a quarter-size dollop of cream to the face alone, with additional sunscreen applied to the neck, arms, tops of hands, and any other area exposed to the sun. Further, experts say you should reapply sunscreen midday to ensure that the skin stays protected from the afternoon sun.
2) Refine Your Skin Care Routine
Adopting a skin care routine that includes proper hygiene, as well as the right products for your skin type, can go a long way toward improving the health and appearance of your skin. First, dermatologists recommend washing the face twice a day - once in the morning, once in the evening. Washing the face excessively throughout the day can dry out the skin, while neglecting facial cleansing can lead to clogged pores. Second, it is important to choose skin care products that suit your skin type. Lighter cleansers, toners, and moisturizers are suitable for oil-prone skin, while emollient-rich products are appropriate for dry skin. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to find out which skin care products are right for you.
3) Use an Eye Cream
If you only have room in your budget to splurge on one high-end skin care product, consider making it an eye cream that combats the effects of aging. In general, the more expensive eye creams contain a higher concentration of wrinkle-fighting, moisturizing, and skin-brightening ingredients to refresh the eye area. Eye serums and creams can reduce puffiness, lighten dark circles, rejuvenate dull skin, and fill in fine lines.
4) Exfoliate on a Regular Basis
Weekly exfoliation assists in skin renewal by ridding the face and body of dead skin, allowing new skin to regenerate. However, many exfoliators are guilty of containing ingredients that are too harsh on facial skin. When choosing an exfoliation product for your face, it is important to select one that is appropriate for your skin type. For example, if you have acne-prone skin, it may be a good idea to purchase a facial product that contains salicylic acid. Those with drier skin can opt for a facial treatment that exfoliates while hydrating the skin.
5) Choose the Right Make-up for Your Skin Type
Applying concealers, foundations, and powders that complement your skin tone and mask flaws can improve your appearance in a matter of minutes. With make-up manufacturing houses vying to develop new beauty products that promise to fill in wrinkles, conceal age spots, and even skin tone, women have a suite of facial coverage options available to them. The trick is to choose the product and shade that is right for you.
6) Undergo Professional Skin Care Treatments - Visit a Medical Spa
Medical spas offer a variety of non-surgical skin care treatments that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots. From peels and injectables to laser treatments, physician-grade skin care treatments can erase years of aging in a matter of minutes.
- Chemical peels
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Laser skin tightening
- IPL™ fotofacial
- Injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane®
- Thermage® skin tightening
- Photodynamic therapy
- Portrait® plasma regeneration
7) Drink More Water
Drinking at least eight cups of water each day helps keep skin hydrated and healthy, while eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins from the environment, unhealthy food and drink choices, harsh cleansers, and other products used on a daily basis can affect the appearance of our skin. Drinking water naturally detoxifies the skin and body of these harmful substances, promoting a more luminously beautiful complexion.
8) Eat Fruits and Vegetables Rich in Antioxidants
Vibrantly hued fruits and veggies are loaded with youth-preserving vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and collard greens and brightly colored veggies such as carrots, squash, and tomatoes are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, calcium, fiber, and carotenoids, all of which offer excellent anti-aging benefits. For a high dose of vitamin C, try oranges, limes, and strawberries.
9) Avoid Alcohol and Cigarettes
Alcohol and cigarettes have both an immediate and long-term effect on the appearance of your skin. In the short-term, the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes can leave the skin dehydrated, sallow, puffy, and dry. After long periods of alcohol and cigarette use, the skin ages at a more rapid rate, leaving behind wrinkles and age spots.
10) Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise improves circulation, rids the face and body of excess fat, tones the muscles, and, experts say, reduces the occurrence of breakouts while fighting the signs of aging. According to dermatologists, exercise improves circulation, thereby ridding the body of toxins and more easily allowing for the delivery of nutrients to skin cells. The overall benefits of a proper fitness routine include a reduction of body fat, clearer skin, and a boost in self-confidence, providing men and women with a number of reasons to start and maintain an exercise regimen that suits their lifestyles.
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