These are my favorite anti-aging skin care tips which won’t stop aging, of course, but can slow down the process and keep your skin as young looking as possible.
Most people realize they need to moisturize their skin as they age, however, there are some other steps you need to be aware of in order for your moisturizer to be effective and for your skin to radiate a healthy, youthful glow.
You skin care regimen needs to address the changes aging causes in the skin and include products that counteract the effects of aging.
5 Steps for Anti aging Skin Care Tips
Cleanse: Use a gentle cleanser that won’t dry or irritate the skin. You don’t need to buy expensive cleansers with many fancy ingredients because the cleanser will not stay on your skin long enough for these to be very beneficial.
Be careful with creamy cleansers that say you don’t need to rinse them off. Most people cannot tolerate these creamy cleansers that can clog pores and dull your skin.
Toner: After cleansing, you can use a toner to remove any remaining makeup or dirt your cleanser has missed. You don’t need a harsh toner with alcohol because the toner is not meant to dry out your skin. Your toner should leave your skin feeling clean but not dry and tight.
Exfoliate: You need to remove the uppermost layer of dead skin so that younger, pretty layers can come to the surface. This is one of the most important anti-aging skin care tips that needs to be part of your routine.
Even dry and sensitive skin needs some exfoliation as you age because your skin does not slough off as well as when you were young. Many people with dry, mature skin are afraid of exfoliation and mistakenly believe they are too hard for dry skin.
Exfoliation benefits you in several ways
* Removes the top dead layer of skin and encourages skin regrowth. Thicker skin is more resistant to wrinkles
* Exfoliating the outer layer of thick, dry dead skin is essential for your moisturizers to penetrate and do their job.
* Allows your anti-aging serums and skin care nutrients to penetrate deeper
* Cleanses, unclogs and minimizes pores
Younger people with oily and acne prone skin must exfoliate to prevent breakouts, but older skin needs exfoliation too. You may be used to gentle skin care that feels soothing.
However a good alpha hydroxy exfoliating agent like glycolic acid will sting a little but that means it’s doing its job.
These come in varying strengths and you can start with a gentle formulation until you know how your skin responds. You can also use a microdermabrasion cream once a week for additional exfoliation.
Nourishing Skin Serums: Rejuvenate your skin with skin serums that are designed to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin and deposit the antioxidants and anti-aging nutrients need to improve your skins texture and appearance.
This is another one of the important anti-aging skin care tips that is overlooked by many people and a critical step before moisturizing.
Anti Aging Skin Care Tips for Younger Looking Skin
Moisturize: Moisture replenishing is a necessary step for older skin that lacks the oil and moisture of young skin.
A lipid (fats) based serum that contains collagen building ingredients and lipids that are very similar to your skins own lipids is excellent for dry, mature skin.
These serums create a barrier that traps water in your skin for moisture.
Very dry skin may also need a moisturizing cream to seal in the moisture and keep skin soft and supple, but should not remain excessively oily or shiny for hours.
This indicates the oils are not penetrating your skin properly. You may need to experiment with several moisturizers before find the perfect one for your skin.
Moisturizing creams that contain ceramides or lipids that are identical to your skin’s, will be more effective and less likely to cause problems and clog pores.
Protect: Sun protection is the most effective way to prevent wrinkles, discoloration and aging of the skin. Look for a day cream or moisturizer that contains at least SPF 30 for sufficient protection.
The amount of sunscreen needed to achieve the advertised SPF is generally much more than most people use on their skin so the higher SPF the better.
Keep in mind too that if you use a moisturizer first and then follow with a sunscreen, the creams can dilute each other and lower the actual SPF level of protection you have.
Finding a moisturizer with and SPF 30 built in can eliminate this problem and save you one step in your skin care routine.
Good Anti aging Skin Care Habits
Anti-aging skin care tips are not magic but can be very effective. Anti aging skin care is about being proactive and taking steps to slow the aging process.
Here are a few proactive anti-aging skin care tips:
Maintain healthy eating habits: A well balanced diet is the key to maintaining a proper body metabolism.
Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (raw), they are the best source of fiber and have a very refreshing effect on your body.
Avoid oily and fatty food; not only do they lack in essential nutrients but also cause obesity and other diseases which aid the aging process
Beat stress: This is probably the most important anti aging skin care measure. Stress disturbs the body metabolism and accelerates the aging process.
Sleep, exercise and a relaxing bath, are all good ways of beating stress. Aroma-therapy is also known to bust stress.
Drink a lot of water: Anti aging skin care can’t be any simpler than this. Water helps in flushing out the toxins from the body, hence keeping it clean and making it less prone to disease. Around 8 glasses of water (per day) is recommended by all doctors.
Exercise: Regular exercise is a wonderful anti aging skin care procedure. Besides toning your muscles, it also helps in cleaning the skin by flushing out the toxins in the form of sweat. Exercise should be followed by a warm shower in order to completely remove the toxins.
Avoid the use of strong, chemical based products on your skin. Natural skin care products are a good option. Use of organic skin care products (homemade or commercial) can be a very effective anti aging skin care measure.
Do not overuse skin care products that are harsh and avoid excessive washing that can dry out your skin.
Anti Aging Skin Care Tips for Younger Looking Skin
Do not ignore skin disorders; it can lead to permanent skin damage. Try over the counter medication and if that doesn’t help, immediately visit your dermatologist and seek his/her advice.
Vitamin C based skin care products are very popular means of anti aging skin care. However, these seem to oxidize very quickly (which makes them harmful for the skin). So store them properly. If the product turns Yellowish brown, it means that vitamin c has oxidized and the product is no longer suitable for use.
Protect your skin against the sun with a high quality, broad spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreen should be started in childhood to prevent premature aging of the skin.
I hope these anti-aging skin care tips get you on the right track to protecting your skin, repairing any damage already done and preventing unnecessary aging. There is no reason you cannot have healthy skin throughout your life.