We all want to look and feel a little younger, but the idea of going under the knife is as scary
as it sounds.
With today’s arsenal of advanced beauty products and a few healthy habits there’s no need
for surgical intervention.
There are fountains of youth all around us, and some are already in our homes.
“These 6 skin essentials
will keep you looking
years younger than
you actually are
without the need
for cosmetic surgery.”
Drinks Lots of Water
But water isn’t just good for your epidermis.
It’s amazing for your entire body and supports virtually every bodily function.
Proper hydration starts by consuming an adequate amount of water – something many
Americans aren’t getting enough of.
Dermatologists across the country agree that increasing your water consumption can have
significant skin benefits.
Hydrated skin is more taunt, plump and smooth.
This will create a domino affect that “fills in” wrinkles and pores.
Water also aids in collagen production and can help dull skin appear brighter.
Another residual benefit of hydrated skin is a lower likelihood of skin irritation and acne.
How much water should you gulp down each day?
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic recommend that women drink 9 cups of water throughout the day.
Load Up on Fruits and Vegetables
One word – antioxidants.
These free radical fighters are big skin boosters that protect your skin against almost
every sign of aging.
Antioxidants are added to many skincare products, but you can load up on them naturally
by loading fruits and vegetables onto your plate.
People often eat salad to lose weight, but there are huge skin benefits too.
Antioxidants not only protect the skin they also aid in cellular repair and can increase the
effectiveness of sunscreen.
The top antioxidants to incorporate into your diet are vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol
and green tea.
Some veggies are also great sources of hyaluronic acid (see below).
We’ve heard it all before, but it bears repeating.
Wear sunscreen – everyday, not just during outdoor activities.
Even if you’re sitting inside an office your skin isn’t safe from UVA rays that can penetrate windows.
The latest sunblock formula to try is an SPF oil.
Instead of lotion, these have an oil base (like a serum) that sink into skin to hydrate without
Some also include antioxidants for a double dose of protection.
No matter which sunscreen you choose, use one that protects against UVA and UVB rays
and is at least SPF 30.
Healthy eating and good skin care habits are the foundation for younger looking skin.
But if you already have rough patches, fine lines and sun spots (basically everyone
over 25 years old) professional skin treatments can help undo the damage that’s already
Professional grade peels, facials and microdermabrasions are done with specialized
tools including lasers and radio frequency energy.
Some treatments, like The Perfect Derma chemical peel offered by Sequoia Laser Aesthetics
of Visalia, CA, can produce significant improvements after just one application.
Moisturized skin looks years younger because it is plump and smooth.
This helps to decrease the appearance of fine lines and improve the texture of the skin.
Many beauty lines are taking a page out of the filler book and infusing their moisturizers
with hyaluronic acid (HA).
This is the main component of dermal fillers like Juvederm.
Hyaluronic acid that’s naturally produced in the body cushions joints, promotes collagen
production in the skin and provides volume.
Unfortunately, our skin loses HA as we age.
Hyaluronic acid is a fabulous natural moisturizer because it can hold well over 100 times
its weight in water.
This helps to plump the skin and erase lines. Any moisturizer is better than none, but one
with HA can give youthful fullness to your face.
Add Retinol to Your Nightly Routine
Retinol is another antioxidant (vitamin A) that is so beneficial to the skin it deserves
a category all of its own.
It’s a key ingredient of many, many night creams due to its ability to boost collagen
production, reduce wrinkles, refine skin, reverse UVA and UVB damage, reduce pore
size, increase cell turnover and combat acne.
The strength of the retinol in skin care products varies widely from diluted, gentle retinols
to prescription strength 1% retinoid creams that often can’t be used every day.
What are your tips for keeping your skin healthy and young looking?
Share your suggestions, thoughts and comments with us.