Consider the term anti-aging skincare, and your thoughts likely drift to a bathroom counter adorned with thick glass jars filled with high-priced emulsions and slender vials of glistening elixirs. Day creams and night creams, eye creams and neck creams. You wonder, how will we ever make it out the door?
For the younger demographic aging skin is not necessarily top of mind, but if we poll the more experienced, most will say they wish they’d started caring for their skin sooner. You’re never too young to care for your skin and the attention paid today with pave the way for a better complexion in the future.
The best strategies in the anti-aging skincare game are to preserve, prevent and protect!
Here’s what you need to know about getting a head start on your anti-aging skincare routine:
A facial is a thorough cleansing to rid the skin of impurities. It restores balance and moisture, while improving circulation through a heavenly facial massage. Finding a spa and esthetician you can trust is your first step. At Sanctuary Day Spas we use professional, quality products to perform our facials. Our certified estheticians can expertly assess your skin and recommend appropriate treatments and homecare.
Ideally, four facials per year (that’s one per season) is beneficial, but if you have specific concerns like acne or sensitivity, more frequent treatments may be suggested.
As any esthetician will tell you, SOAP is the ultimate four-letter word in the beauty world. Using soap as a facial cleanser throws your skin’s pH level out of wack interrupting its natural, protective barrier. The result can be anything from super dry to extra oily, irritated skin that cannot perform as nature intended. Look for pH balanced cleansers and toners suitable for your skin type and condition.
In terms of moisturizers and serums, target ingredients that promote hydration such as hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants like vitamins C and E. Consider adding an eye cream or gel to your repertoire, and of course a weekly exfoliator to slough off dead skin.
Your esthetician can recommend suitable products and teach you how to use them effectively.
Healthy skin is made from the inside out. A balanced diet comprised of fruits, vegetables and plenty of water will have a positive influence on your skin. Limiting your intake of refined sugar, processed foods, and alcohol, and avoiding cigarette smoking are all keys to a glowing complexion.
Surprisingly, emotional and physical strain are also worn on our faces. Equally significant to our fight against aging skin are managing stress, staying active and sleeping well.
While we sleep, our skin is busy undergoing its restorative process. Cells are regenerating and toxins are being flushed, giving the classic term beauty rest its ongoing significance!
Rain or shine. Winter or summer. A good sunscreen, used daily, is the most critical component to protecting your skin from sun damage. The good news is that skincare brands are making it easier to incorporate an SPF into your daily routine. If the step of applying yet another product does not appeal to you, SPFs are now available in foundations, tinted moisturizers and powdered bronzers. In addition, spray tan technology and self-tanning has come a long way, helping us avoid sunbathing and tanning beds altogether.
Caring for your skin now will help you preserve its strengths, while preventing the signs of aging from creeping up prematurely.