Many people assume that genes determine how skin ages, and it's true that genetic makeup does play a large role in skin's appearance, lifestyle choices and skin care routines are just as important.
Healthy habits and smart skin care will help you maintain soft, glowing skin at any age.
The best thing you can do for your skin is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Don't smoke, eat a whole foods, plant-based diet, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly. Combined, these four lifestyle choices will not only give you gorgeous, glowing skin, but they'll keep your weight in check, energy levels up, and health intact.
While healthy lifestyle choices provide the foundation for healthy skin, good skin care practices are vital, and using a serum might be what takes your skin from good to great.
Relative newcomers to the skincare world, serums contain large amounts of active ingredients that are able to penetrate deeper into the skin than traditional moisturizers. They give skin a firmer, smoother texture while minimizing pores and fine lines.
Serums hydrate the skin but don't replace moisturizers. A serum's job is to deliver nutrients to the deeper layers of skin while a moisturizer's job is to hydrate and provide a barrier between skin and the environment. Therefore, it's best to use them together.
As people age, decreased collagen production causes skin to thin, sag, and lose elasticity. Decreased collagen production is also responsible for fine lines and wrinkles. At one time, scientists thought this was an inevitable part of aging, but a study published in 2014 found that ingesting collagen in its peptide form reduces wrinkles and improves skin's appearance.
Vitamin C supplements and skincare products also aid in collagen production. Vitamin C stimulates your body to produce collagen, so try taking a vitamin C supplement and using a vitamin C serum for better skin.
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A, and using them is a great way to improve skin texture and tone.
You can choose between prescription strength and over-the-counter products.
If you opt for prescription strength, you'll visit a dermatologist who will prescribe Retin-A or a similar brand. It's important to note that a prescription strength retinoid may cause redness and irritation and must be used cautiously until your skin adapts to it. However, it works faster and may yield better results than an over-the-counter retinol.
If you opt for retinol, you'll have more choices and won't need to see a doctor. While over-the-counter retinol creams, lotions, serums, and moisturizers may not work as quickly as prescription strength retinoids, many of them are quite effective and don't have negative side effects.
A simple facial massage combined with the correct skin care regimen can improve your skin's appearance, and you don't have to spend a fortune at the spa; you can do it yourself by massaging your skin care products into your face as you apply them.
Start by using upward circular motions at the base of your neck and move toward your forehead. On your way up, move from the center to the sides of your face. This stimulates the flow of oxygen to the areas you're massaging and helps increase collagen production.
You can also gently tap the products into your skin. This helps them penetrate more deeply while increasing oxygen flow.
If you feel like treating yourself, make an appointment for a facial. The aesthetician will incorporate a facial massage into your treatment.
The right skin care products combined with smart lifestyle choices can give you vibrant, glowing skin at every stage of life, and you don't need a standing appointment at the spa to get it.