Want to know how you can have gorgeous, healthy skin at any age? Follow these seven steps to flawlessly beautiful skin. This article covers the importance of protecting your skin with sunscreen, reducing the visibility of pores and fine lines, reducing dark circles under your eyes, and more. If you aren’t already taking care of your skin now, it’s never too late to start!
1) Sunscreen skin lotion
The most important thing you can do to protect your skin from UV rays is to use sunscreen. SPF is the measure of how well a product will protect your skin from UVB rays, and the higher the number, the greater protection it offers. For example, an SPF 30 sunscreen filters out 97% of UVB rays while an SPF 8 only filters out 15%. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating heavily. If unsure about whether a product contains sufficient levels of SPF, look for one that has broad spectrum coverage, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Many people are surprised to learn that they have sensitive skin which requires different care than other types. Fragrance-free products are available if you experience reactions to ingredients in beauty products like soaps, lotions, make-up removers, etc., but always consult with your dermatologist first before making changes to your routine since allergies could also be triggered by fragrances in products not listed as being fragrance-free (for instance some laundry detergents). Eye cream: If wrinkles start showing up around the eyes as early as age 20+, it’s time for an eye cream.
Moisturizing is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy and youthful looking complexion. Since the skin ages, it loses hydration, brightness, and collagen. Moisturizing helps replenish these three things in your skin and makes it look young again.
-Apply an oil-based moisturizer to help seal in moisture that’s lost throughout the day or use a water-based moisturizer that won’t clog pores. -Apply moisturizer after washing your face with warm water and patting dry with a towel. -Use the moisturizer generously on your face, neck, hands, and chest to ensure even coverage. -If you’re using retinol products such as Retin A or Tazorac, they need to be used every night before bedtime. -Avoid rubbing your eyes when you wake up so as not to irritate them. -Always wear SPF during the day because sun rays damage skin over time and can lead to hyperpigmentation and wrinkles if unprotected. Apply an SPF 30 minutes before going outside into the sun and reapply every two hours or after swimming/sweating/exercising so that it doesn’t wear off easily.
3) Proper Diet for good skin
Eating a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants will ensure the skin has everything it needs to stay young and healthy. This includes fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C, carotenoids, lycopene, and flavonoids. Dairy products also contain vitamin A which helps maintain an even tone of the skin. Omega-3s are important because they help form collagen which keeps the skin plump and elastic. Other foods with omega-3s include walnuts, flaxseed oil, tofu, and soybeans. Other tips: Apply lotion liberally before bed so the body can rest while it heals itself; take Vitamin E capsules or wheat germ oil daily; avoid excessive use of alcohol and nicotine. Too much sun exposure can cause aging such as wrinkles and age spots. UV rays can damage collagen fibers in the skin which leads to wrinkling and uneven pigmentation. Sunscreen is important during all seasons but especially during summer months when direct sunlight is most intense. Avoiding smoking, sun exposure, and excess alcohol will promote youthful-looking skin at any age!
4) Nightly Routines
- Cleanse the skin with an oil-free cleanser like CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser to remove makeup, surface oils, and environmental toxins.
- Apply a toner like Pixi Natural Glow Tonic to balance pH and hydrate the skin.
- Apply a serum or booster that contains Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid (such as PTR TimeWise Repair Serum) to brighten the complexion and protect against aging free radicals. 4. Apply moisturizer to lock in moisture and improve elasticity (try Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment). 5. Use SPF 30 daily on your face and body to prevent sun damage from making hyperpigmentation worse, leading to early signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, freckles, and brown spots (we recommend Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40). 6. If needed apply under eye cream before bedtime to reduce dark circles caused by lack of sleep or exposure to blue light during the day (we recommend SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizing Corrector). 7. Eat foods rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients like Omega-3s, Vitamins A & E, Zinc, Selenium & Copper to combat aging. 8. Get enough rest to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful! 9. Choose high quality products designed specifically for your needs – using cheaper products can lead to more problems than they solve! 10. Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside (especially if it’s sunny) to prevent sun damage from prematurely aging you!
5) Exfoliate Once a Week
Retinol treatments are a long-term investment in skin health. They contain the active form of Vitamin A, which acts as an antioxidant and helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging.
Retinols are available over-the-counter in strengths ranging from 0.5% to 2%. The higher the percentage, the more dramatic results you’ll see. For example, if your goal is to reduce acne scars or fine lines around your eyes, a stronger retinol treatment may be necessary. Start with the lower percentages first and work your way up until you find what works best for your skin type. After 30 minutes, pat dry and apply sunscreen on any exposed areas of skin (i.e. neck, hands). Use SPF 50+ to protect against harmful UV rays that can lead to hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and even skin cancer. A good sunscreen will provide protection while also nourishing the skin by providing antioxidants. Protect Your Eyes: Choose sunglasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays to help prevent eye damage caused by too much exposure to sunlight. If you wear contact lenses, make sure they’re labeled UV protective lenses. Once a year get a full eye exam done by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
6) Drink Lots of Water
Drinking enough water will help your skin stay hydrated, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also speeds up the process of digestion. Drink about eight glasses of water a day to get started and then adjust based on your activity level. You can keep track with a reusable water bottle or app like Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle. As you drink more water throughout the day, it sends notifications when you should drink more. Stay Hydrated: Eating healthy snacks and making sure that you are well-hydrated is important for all parts of your body, but especially for your skin. It’s one of the most effective ways to reduce inflammation in order to combat acne breakouts. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, including oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and cucumbers. Eat Foods With Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed by the body to produce collagen and promote cell regeneration. Try foods such as oranges or strawberries to add this essential nutrient into your diet. Wear Sunscreen: Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is key for younger looking skin and preventing sun damage later in life (think wrinkles).
7) Use Retinol Treatments for skin
Retinol treatments are a popular option to reduce the visibility of wrinkles, sun damage, and hyper-pigmentation. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that stimulates cells to produce more collagen. Retinol can also reduce the visibility of pores and under eye circles. It’s important not to use retinols if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding because it can cause birth defects. Remember, never use retinols without first talking to your doctor because skin irritation is a possible side effect.
Don’t forget about sun protection! Sun protection should be worn year round but is especially important during summer months when UV rays are strongest. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and broad spectrum coverage (covers both UVA & UVB). Reapply every two hours when in direct sunlight and after swimming, sweating, towel drying, or excessive sun exposure. Sunscreen should also be applied liberally on the neck, ears, hands, feet & lips because these areas are often overlooked by people. The best sunscreens contain ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to shield skin from harmful rays while still letting it breathe.