Stick with the following steps and your on your way to healthlier, younger acting skin. From the time of day you wash your face to what you eat, little changes will make all the difference.
1. Only wash your face before you go to bed. Dirt, bacteria and makeup left on your face overnight can clog pores and cause breakouts. Washing twice a day can dry out your skin and make wrinkles look more pronounced. When I wash, I like to use Cetaphil. My Aunt told me about it years ago and it works great. It’s dermatologist and pediatrician recommended. If you need a refresher during the day, just splash your face with lukewarm water.
2. Get a good night’s sleep. Aim for eight hours of sleep a night. Lack of sleep — even the occasional sleepless night — sets off the body’s fight-or-flight response because fatigue creates a mild state of physiological emergency triggering the creation of stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline). This prompts the body to divert amounts of blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients away from the skin and to major internal organs like the heart, brain, and kidneys. When your skin is deprived of fuel in this way, it becomes pale, dull and lifeless.
3. Avoid the UV Rays – Skin damage can happen any time of the year! Nothing is more important than suncreen – spf 30 or higher – I use 45. Use it everyday. 10 minutes of exposure to the UV aging rays can aded sun spots and lead to wrinkles within as 2 weeks. If the moisturerizer your currently using doesn’t include spf protection add a sunscreen that provides spf 30 or more to block both UVA and UVB rays.
4. Stress management! Emotional and stressful living can make your skin look 5 years older. Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation and breaks down collagen along with causing breakouts. To fight inflammation eat antioxidant rich foods such as berries, oranges and also asparagus. When you’re really feeling tense go for a walk, meditate or take a long bubble bath. Find what works for you.
5. Use Retinol. The vitamin A derivatives speed up cell turn over and collagen growith which smooth fine lines, wrinkles and fade brown spots. Works great but can take up to 3 months to show results.
6. Eat Omega 3’s. They make you beautiful and smart! They’re good fats found in foods like Salmon, almonds, flaxseed. Fish oil or flaxseed oil is also great and convenient.
7. Exercise! It infuses your skin with oxygen and nutrients needed for collagen production. make time for at least 30 minutes of heart pumping workouts a week – video, walking, dancing. It CAN be FUN!
8. Healthy Skin Care Routines. Here are some easy changes you can make to your daily routines and can benefit your skin:
Wear gloves while doing dishes, cleaning house or working in the yard.
In the winter keep showers short and use warm water instead of hot. Hot water can dry your skin.
Use skin cleaners that are foamy and creamy. Harsh cleanser can strip your skin of natural oils making it dry.
9. Exfoliate Regularly. Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells that can make skin thicker, rougher, and less radiant. Another benefit is that regular exfoliation of the body and face allows moisturizer to be absorbed easlly. To exfoliate dry skin, use a washcloth and apply a little light pressure moving in a circular motion. If your skin’s normal or oily, try a moisturized cleanser that contains alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy which is more aggressive.
10. If you haven’t already – Quit Smoking! This all it’s other dangers its a real skin ager.