“Is it possible to improve my skin as I get older?”
Absolutely! With the right skin care regime, a proper diet, a few lifestyle changes, regular facials and learning to minimize stress (or at least your reaction to it) you can make wonderful improvements to your skin and start looking younger almost immediately.
“This sounds like a lot to do. Where do I start?”
The most practical place to start is with your home-care regime. Start by incorporating time tested, no-nonsense ingredients that have the greatest amount of scientific research behind them to back up their proven age-busting attributes. Here are the five most studied anti-aging ingredients which absolutely guarantee to help minimize the signs of aging.
Ninety percent of visible aging comes from the sun which causes wrinkles, dark spots, visible capillaries and ultimately creates thick, dull, leathery looking skin. Sunscreens either convert the offending ultra violet rays (UV rays) into heat which is then released from the skin or deflect the rays away from the skin, protecting it from damage.
ERE IMPUT: Sensitive skin should opt for a 30 SPF physical sunscreen which does not increase heat (redness) in the skin. Make sure to use enough product and reapply every couple of hours if you are out in the sun.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that change the DNA of cells. As your cells change they no longer behave like the younger version of themselves. This is the basis for the “Free Radical Theory of Aging. Damaged DNA leads to wrinkles, pigmentation changes, flaccid skin tone and very possibly skin cancer. Antioxidants help stop the chain reaction of free radical damage to skin cells, thus preserving the younger nature of your skin.
ERE INPUT: Vitamin C has been the most studied of all antioxidants to date for it’s anti-aging, pore clearing and skin lightening abilities. You brave souls out there might also want to investigate the newer (and most promising) antioxidants based on superfruits and green tea. You’ll find these in our new Sunrise Solution. It’s impossible to get complete protection from free radical damage, but this is a great tool for minimizing the known agers to the skin.
#3 HYALURONIC ACID
This super humectant holds an amazing amount of moisture in the skin (about 1000x’s it’s molecular weight). Moisture is the necessary medium by which vitamins, oxygen and other nutrients need to get into the skin. This keeps cells alive, healthy and metabolically active. Well hydrated skin looks plump, fresh and younger looking.
ERE INPUT: Hyaluronic Acid is a super hydrator at any age and for any skin type so you you can have fresh, well hydrated skin without worrying about clogged pores or sensitivity.
#4 ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS
These exfoliating acids often come from natural sources like sugarcane or sour milk. They are effective exfoliators that dissolve the “glue” that sticks old, worn out dead cells to the surface of the skin. Remove the dead cells and you reveal fresher, plumper skin that has a more youthful and translucent look. AHA’s also minimize pigmentation. Even skin color is an important factor in achieving the appearance of younger looking skin.
ERE INPUT: Don’t over exfoliate. Choose the right AHA for your skin type. Glycolic Acid has the smallest molecule allowing it to get deeper into the skin, making it ideal for clearing pores. Lactic Acid is gentler but more hydrating. Salicylic has great anti-bacterial properties (technically a BHA) but may be more drying. You may want to try one of the newer AHA blends which can be doubly effective and easily tolerated.
This Vitamin A derivative has a mind boggling number of studies (that should convince even the biggest skincare skeptics) that demonstrate its collagen boosting, skin brightening and pore clearing capabilities. Retinol is a milder version and precursor to Retinoic Acid (Retin-A). It may take a little longer to work but it lets you skip the uncomfortable, irritated phase and go right for it’s wonderful anti-aging benefits.
ERE INPUT: We prefer time released “Retinol” as a high performance / low irritation anti-aging treatment. Start slowly and work up to every other night. You can alternate with an AHA product. Avoid use in summer if you are getting a lot of sun exposure.
Mastered your home-care regime? Take a look at the other skin aging factors I mentioned above: like reducing stress or changing your diet. Do something good for your skin. Try giving up sugar and nutrient void foods or enrolling in a yoga class to reduce stress. Smile, it uses less muscles that frowning, therefore creating less wrinkles. You’ll feel happier and start looking younger right away.