Take note that your skin is a living organ that also grows with each passing day. It’s vital to pay attention to what your skin needs as it undergoes these changes. For example, if you are using these waxing and electrolysis products, adjust your Silhouet Tone skin care products and habits accordingly so your skin stays healthy and beautiful regardless of your age.
Age-proof your skin with these anti-aging tips:
1. Use a mild and gentle facial wash
Our skin becomes more sensitive and less oily as we age, so it’s necessary to use a gentle face wash. Choose a product that hydrates and fights free radicals (compounds that target the cells). When washing, use light pressure on your face and cleanse in a gentle and circular motion. Excessive scrubbing can irritate the skin, accelerating the rate of aging.
Effective cleansing is important in removing pollutants and bacteria that have accumulated underneath the skin. It also allows skin to better absorb the skin care products you apply.
2. Use retinoids
The creases that start to appear on aging skin result from collagen loss. To counter this effect, dermatologists suggest using retinoid, a version of vitamin A that regulates the growth of epithelial cells. Retinoids often come in creams and are commonly used by individuals who are in their thirties. It is applied two to three times every week or nightly.
Sebum production decreases as we age, which means our skin will dry out more easily. Inadequate hydration also causes fine lines. Fortunately, this can be prevented by frequent moisturization.
Choose a moisturizer that has water-binding humectants (substances that maintain moisture) like hyaluronic acid and glycerine. The occlusives in moisturizers like petrolatum and mineral oil can minimize water evaporation from the skin at night. However, make sure to clean your skin before applying moisturizer to prevent trapping bacteria.
4. Always apply sunscreen
Sun protection is one of the most effective ways to maintain that youthful look on your skin. Too much sun exposure causes visible signs of aging. Specifically, UV rays increase the rate of aging by:
- Destroying collagen and promoting thinner skin and wrinkles
- Encouraging the development of pigmented patches
Apply a sufficient amount of sunscreen everyday before heading out. Choose a moisturizing sunscreen cream that contains antioxidants to improve skin hydration and boost collagen protection. Daily application of sunscreen with SPF 30 also protects your skin from age spots, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. (For deep-seated lines and wrinkles, consider getting microdermabrasion in Toronto which effectively eliminates stubborn skin marks.)
5. Eat healthy
What happens outside of your body is a manifestation of what’s going on inside it, so it’s vital to eat foods that give the body the nourishment it needs. Skip foods and beverages that cause dehydration, like alcohol. Foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates can also speed up aging because they break down glucose.
Incorporate foods in your diet that are rich in protein, like plant-based proteins, beans and legumes — or fish and lean meat for non-vegans — as they strengthen the collagen. Foods high in vitamin C are also good for the skin. They help fight off sunburns and sun damage.
6. Exfoliate every week
Did you know that our skin sheds off dead cells regularly and creates a new layer every 28 days? However, this process can slow down as we age, causing the skin to have a dull complexion. You can remove the buildup of dead cells to make way for brighter skin by exfoliating weekly. When choosing a scrub, use products that contain round particles as they are less irritating to the skin.
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