Whether you’re 20 or 60, maintaining healthy skin is the key to looking younger. Check out these tips!
While we hope to stay fresh faced, looking younger, and glowing forever, those pesky signs of aging begin to creep up on us before we even know it. Aging inevitably happens to us all, but don’t let subtle changes affect how you feel! Take time to slow down and find beauty in the everyday. Consider aging a spectrum and know that prevention is key no matter when you start. Here are some tips to help keep you feeling and looking good!
At home skincare tools and devices
Taking the time to keep up with your skin in between treatments is a game changer and will help in looking younger. Most at-home tools won’t be as potent as those used by a skincare professional, yet they still deliver strong results. At home devices like the handheld Lightstim LED device, and the NuFace portable microcurrent device will help boost collagen production, tone sagging skin, and relieve inflammation. You know it’s effective when celebrity estheticians, and Bobbi Brown give them the seal of approval! Your esthetician will be overjoyed when they see your skin at your next treatment!
Consuming AND applying antioxidants provides countless benefits for your skin! They fight free radicals and encourage proper internal and external cell turnover. There are so many options out there, all benefiting different needs, some that you may or may not even be aware of! To name a few:
Resveratrol is most well known as the healthy component of red wine, but it can also be found in blueberries, grapes, and peanuts. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant. Make sure NOT to over do it on the wine, though! Alcohol can undermine the positive benefits- rather reach for a natural topical cream, or berry-rich smoothie!
Vitamins C+E work together to fights skin inflammation after UV exposure, and can also be useful in decreasing signs of acne and eczema. Vitamin C builds collagen needed to keep our skin soft and supple, while also treating hyperpigmentation and wrinkles- making you look and feel healthier and younger. Vitamin E also helps the healing process within the skin. It’s absorbed by the outermost layers (epidermis) of the skin and can be used to treat sunburn, which is one of the leading causes of skin cancer and prevents us from looking younger.
Coenzyme Q10 is a substance that the human body makes naturally. Cells use it to generate energy. Although your body produces its own CoQ10, you can also get it from certain foods. The best sources of CoQ10 are oily fish and organ meats, such as beef liver. In addition to its internal benefits, CoQ10 can also be used topically as well! Using topical anti-aging creams that contain CoQ10 can effectively help fight the signs of aging by assisting in the creation of collagen and elastin.
Proper Gut Health – A happy belly = a happy complexion
Your skin is unlike any other organ, and fortunately it gives you daily updates! By checking your skin’s temperature, texture, and tone you can gain insight into your internal well being. Warmer temperatures, uneven texture, and lackluster tone are warning signs, and may actually have roots in the digestive tract! For instance, rosacea, acne, redness, eczema, and dry skin are all skin conditions which can have the same root cause: poor gut health and gut function. So, it makes sense that the health of your gut is fundamental to having a glowing complexion.
Making improvements to your digestive system also improves immune function, mood, and energy levels. It’s imperative to be mindful of what you put into your body, and if there is one top tip, it’s to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinking water throughout the day, specifically warm water, keeps your body’s pH balanced, and ready to accept vital nutrients. Additionally, the intake of probiotics (or good gut bacteria) and prebiotics (food for the probiotic cultures) is crucial to improving and maintaining gut health. Probiotics are best consumed through naturally fermented foods and beverages, such as kombucha, kimchi, and raw apple cider vinegar. Prebiotics are essentially indigestible fibers found in most fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A happy gut leads to a happy complexion!