How Do I Keep Younger Looking Skin?
That is definitely the main question; but not the only one you should be asking. Before jumping in to any promise of resolve, it is important to know exactly what it is you are looking for. Are you looking for a preventative measure or are you trying to get rid of past damage done?
The answer to these questions will make a difference regarding what kind of solution you works for you. And a lot of the time, people know what they want their end result to be, but don’t always know their personal starting point.
When thinking about how to have younger looking skin, these are some of the things you’ll want to consider.
If I am a young girl in my late twenties hoping to preserve my youth, I will be using a different product than if I am in my early 50’s and trying to get rid of wrinkles and laugh lines. Using a great product for the wrong concern will only discourage you in a fight that you absolutely CAN win.
How Do I Know What Will Work For Me?
It can be a real strain on your time and your wallet having to continually perform trial and error with new products. Knowing your skin type goes a LONG way when trying to find products that work for YOU. Skincare is like dieting for some people; often they will experiment with all different kinds of methods aiming for the same result. Now, there is definitely some truth to personalizing diets, and the same goes for skincare. The better you know your body, the better you will understand how to take care of it. However, there are certain basics to both losing weight and caring for your skin that are consistent, and knowing them will save you from a lot of experimenting.
Rule #1: Know What is in Your Product
If you know what that medical jargon on the back label of your product means, you’ll know what you are looking for in the future; what works and what doesn’t work. Say, I buy a product with salicylic acid in it (a common ingredient used for shedding the outer layer of your skin) and I find that it is harsh and causes redness on my skin. The next time I try something new, if salicylic is present in the formula I’ll have wasted money even though I could have know this ingredient would not work for my skin.
Check out our article “Best Anti Aging Skin Care Ingredients“, where we will give you a rundown of some of the ingredients to look for and avoid when using anti-aging skin products.
Rule #2: Have a Routine
Why spend money and time on a product that you use occasionally or with no fore-thought? It is important to make a routine of your skin care habits and to follow that routine consistently. I can’t tell you the number of times I half-committed to solving a particular issue by buying an effective product that I only used when I remembered to.
Like any other endeavour, your skin’s health will only reflect the effort you put into it. If you want to get rid of a problem, give the product a chance to fix it by building a skincare routine. There are certain ways that you can ensure a more effective use of your products and get the most out of your skincare regimen. One of them, of course, is sticking to that regimen.
A favourite at Anti-Aging Solutions is the VIJUVE Anti Aging Face Massager, a handheld massaging stick that is made to reduce wrinkles and boost the effects of whatever product you are already using! Used in combination with your favourite anti-aging moisturizer (or any of your face-products, really) the massager absorbs your product to make it work at its maximum strength. The device is a complete contouring system that is so easy to use, and helps get the most out of your products. As any product works best the better it is absorbed into the skin, this massager does exactly that and then some, to make you look like your best self.
Rule #3: Hydrate, Moisturize, Exfoliate
Wondering what to do to shave off some years and how to look younger? Hydrating is crucial; to both the inside and outside of your skin. If you’re not someone who drinks a lot of water, trust me, I understand. At first I thought it was a chore, and I was honestly surprised to find that as I slowly increased my daily water intake, I became quickly accustomed to the routine. It was probably one of the easiest things I had to get to used to.
One of the many benefits of moisturizing includes that it hydrates your skin from the outside, which is very important. No matter what products you are using, it’s necessary that you use them correctly and consistently. If a label says daily, make an effort to do it daily. If it says weekly, try and maintain that treatment. If your skin is sensitive, try using homemade products for your facial cleanser/exfoliator (like oatmeal, honey, banana etc.) rather than store-bought products. If you want a little of both, try natural or organic products, made with ingredients from the earth.
Try simple treatments to moisturize the skin under your eyes: this is one of the biggest revealers of age. When your under-eyes look fresh and wrinkle-free, you immediately look younger.
To ensure an efficient and cost-effective routine, try to keep your moisturizing and exfoliating products of the same brand. They often work best hand in hand, rather than numerous different products.
We are particularly fond of The Spa Dr’s Daily Essentials 4 Step Skin Care System because it takes care of all the steps in your routine with gentle, non-toxic ingredients. With easy-to-follow, healthy ingredients, The Spa Dr’s “Clear, Nourish, Renew, Enhance” system provides an entire foundation of an anti-aging cleansing routine. It’s a favourite because the anti-aging regimen is suited to all skin-types and is not harsh on the skin.
Rule #4: Rest
Yes. A balanced sleep schedule is pertinent to maintaining a healthy, young glow about your skin. We have stressful home-lives, or work-lives; in many cases, both. But your skin shouldn’t have to bear the damage. Take a night, or even a couple hours a week to de-stress and give yourself some credit. Try a face mask and lay down, or treat yourself to manicure at home.
Really, caring for your skin and body doesn’t have to be a chore. If you are someone who has trouble getting to sleep at a decent hour each night, try increasing supersize in your daily routine. You can also try taking a hot bath before bed, putting your phone and any electronics away at least 2 hours before sleeping, or even meditation!
There are lots of other ways to ensure a good night’s rest and daily breaks you can take that will be beneficial to your skin as well. Check out our article “How to Ensure You Get Your Rest” to find out other ways to get the most out of your resting hours!
Rule #5: Stay Educated
You have to remember to keep yourself updated, and the best way to do that is research. If you’re not sure what might be good for your skin, look it up. Find similar people with similar questions and you’re bound to find answers to yours.
Once you know what you’re looking for, your search for the right product will narrow itself down. Find out what people are saying about the products you’re interested in before making your decision. Like most people, I tend to lean towards products that have reviews by similar people who have skin conditions like mine. Compared to when I’ve gone into a product blind, when I have done even minimal research, it’s always resulted in a happier purchase.
Stay true to these few steps and you will find permanent solutions to your skin-care needs. Make sure you know what is in your product to save yourself from wasting money or doing further damage to your skin. Keep a routine! Stay hydrated inside and out, and be sure to consistently exfoliate and moisturize. There’s no sense in going into any routine without intention of keeping it up! And remember to give yourself some credit. REST! Getting the required amount of sleep and de-stressing your body is so that you feel AND look better.
Not getting enough rest will appear on your face, so if you won’t do it for your mental health, do it for your physical health (and be doubley-rewarded when your entire self feels and looks better). Lastly, keep yourself posted. Know what new solutions are working for people and what is just a fad. Being educated will give you a head-start and land you exactly where you want to be, for clearer, younger looking skin!