Aging is a fact of life. Looking older, however, doesn’t have to be something you just sit back and accept. I’m here with 8 simple tips on how to slow down the signs of aging. Try them–you’ll thank me later!
1. Use sunscreen every single day.
An effective sunscreen is your best friend when it comes to looking younger. The most common signs of aging are from sun damage–brown spots, uneven texture and tone, noticeable fine lines, and wrinkles. Sunscreen is your very best preventive measure when it comes to looking younger.
2. Look for retinol night creams.
Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, is proven to help target fine lines, crow’s feet, brown spots, sun damage, and uneven texture. With so many “miracle” ingredients on the market, retinol is one that has been recommended by dermatologists and estheticians for years. It has been proven to be effective in multiple scientific studies. It does make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure you only use it at night.
3. Get the glow!
Having radiant skin makes you the picture of good health and it brightens your entire complexion. Brighter skin will help you look younger. Look for brightening facial skin care ingredients such as lemon, orange, berries, pineapple, and papaya to enliven the skin.
When it comes to makeup, search for powders with “radiant” or “luminous” in the name and they will set your makeup while leaving a soft focus, youthful glow.
4. Whiten your teeth.
A clean, white smile instantly takes yours off your face and can help brighten your eyes and complexion. Even though you brush and floss and take good care of your teeth, they naturally become more yellow by consuming drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine.
There are many home kits to easily whiten your teeth in as little as two hours that work as well as expensive bleaching procedures at the dentist. Teeth whitening is an important step in your overall beauty routine and it can take years off of your face.
5. Try an at-home peel.
There are many glycolic acid peel products available for home use. Look for a product with a concentration of around 7%, which is a potent enough amount of acid to have an impact on the skin’s texture and appearance without being irritating.
Glycolic acid has been researched for many years and we know that it works on the upper layer of the epidermis. Not only does this ingredient help reverse sun damage, but it reduces other signs of aging such as fine lines and age spots.
6. Embrace antioxidants.
I often refer to antioxidants as skin care super heroes. They help shield your skin from the harmful free radicals that are swirling around you. Free radicals come from environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, UV rays, and more. All of these have a negative impact on your skin and actually speed up the aging process.
Antioxidants in skin care products include Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, resveratrol, and green tea extract. Look for these ingredients when you are shopping for moisturizer to help reverse some of the signs of aging.
7. Apply eye cream twice daily.
Yes, you do need an eye cream! Some people believe that all you need is your regular facial cream under the eyes. This is false. The skin under the eyes is thinner than an eggshell. It requires extra care. Think about it–does your under eye area experience the same troubles as your cheeks or forehead? No. The skin is different. Think of smiling, squinting, and all of the other expressions by the eyes. That is one reason the first signs of aging appear near the eyes. You do need an eye cream.
8. Stay hydrated.
“Are you drinking enough water?” We’ve all heard this question from our mothers, but mom was right! You do need to drink more water. Drinking water is quick, it is easily available, and it costs nothing. Unfortunately, it is one of the most underutilized skin care tips to look younger. When you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day, your skin looks more hydrated, supple, and younger.
Following these eight tips won’t erase 20 years from your face. Being consistent with the above, though, will help prevent future signs of aging, though!