It wasn't until I was in my late thirties after having a baby did I really start to notice certain parts of my skin display hints of aging. I immediately started to look into remedies for my eye wrinkles from sleepless nights. In researching prevention solutions I discovered there was a ton of things I could do that would help with anti-aging and better skin care. I was ecstatic that these tips didn't involve Botox, fillers and hocus pocus. Although, I've always wanted to channel my inner Hermione Granger, I didn't realize that I could leave my wand at home and simply just make little changes for better skin. Sad to say that I won't be joining Hogwarts to attend a potion class but happy that loving my skin would be easy.
Here are 15 tips to get you started:
Tip #1 - For supple, radiant skin don't forget to moisturize.
The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower or bath and right before you go to bed!
Tip #2 - Exfoliate a couple times a week.
We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen. Our scrubs are gentle enough to use everyday.
Tip #3- Hydrate inside and out.
A lack of water means less radiance and more sag in the skin! Water is anti-aging! Drink up!
Tip #4 - Vitamins should go on your skin too.
A balanced diet is important, but there's more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin.
Tip #5- Use the correct cleanser for your skin type.
For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great. For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown spots or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser.
Tip #6- Don't touch your face.
Ok this one is a big one for me. How to figure out ways to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn't just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Tip #7 - Healthy diet.
Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid. Eating the right foods with the right fat helps to reduce signs of aging. I am obsessing over squash this season, like I cannot get enough.
Tip #8 - Wear sunscreen 365 days a year. Rain or shine, indoor or outdoors.
TRUE or FALSE -You only need to protect your skin on sunny days or when visiting the beach? FALSE - We need to protect our skin even when we're driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It's the daily UV exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging.
Tip #9 - Sleep smarter.
It's not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles.
Tip #10 - Simplify your skincare routine.
Fad's don't work. Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for your skin, and keep them at the core of your routine.
Tip #11 - Clean your makeup brushes.
To fight infection and clogged pores, wash concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month.
Tip #12 - Get your greens.
It's tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, however, choosing the right beverages can be a game changer for your skin. Drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them can transform your skin in a matter of days and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it's de-puffing, too.
Tip #13 - Sun protection doesn't stop at sunscreen.
Anti-aging involves SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. I love hats, of all kinds! Now I can say I wear them for health reasons 😍
Tip #14 - Don't use to many products.
Layering on multiple skincare products all at once can be troublesome. It can be harsh on the skin, resulting in more breakouts and clogged pores. Stick to products that work and bring out the best and brightest in your skin.
Tip #15 - Avoid direct heat exposure.
Don't just watch out for the sun, getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. With the cold months ahead be mindful of your distance from the heat source. Try not to let your skin dry out.
Is there anything I missed? Let me know in the comments section below.