If you spent money on a beautiful, expensive Chanel purse, would you treat it with care or toss it around like a piece of garbage?
This goes for facials. How do you expect to have great skin when you simply pay attention to caring for it whenever you think your skin needs attention? It’s not the once-a-month facial that will keep your skin glowing everyday, but the humdrum maintenance process. This is far more important than going to a skin care specialist once in awhile.
I sure wish I had the gift of the genie and could simply make all the imperfection disappear with a snap of my fingers. But it doesn’t work that way, unless you go for the quick fix. Remember, that Botox injection or well-praised filler will only make you face look plumper. But your skin will still be in a poor condition both below and on the surface.
Look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself how you want to age?
Gracefully? Youthfully? Agelessly?
Follow these three guidelines for healthy, happy looking skin:
1) Learn about your skin and how to care for it during every season. What does it need? How does it appear day-to-day?
2) What are the skin issues and concerns you would like to address? Do you suffer from fine lines, sun damaged, spots, sagging jowls, or dark circles?
3) Get regular facials to keep pre-mature facial skin aging at bay. Ideally, I recommend that you get one every 6-8 weeks. You can lessen these times if you need correction. If you’re great at taking care of your skin with product and diet, a simple seasonal facial might be enough.
4) Include the latest ingredients in your facial skin care routine. Here are some of the latest I’ve been offering my clients—
- Peptides. The newest ingredient in anti-aging products for skin care, this very costly and complex component is used only in the most premium of skin care products. It stimulates the production of collagen to restore a youthful glow, increases circulation, strengthens the capillaries, and more for the reduction of wrinkles, and increased firmness and tonicity of skin.
- Vitamin C. The antioxidant properties of this wonder-working vitamin will slow the rate of unstable molecules or “free radicals” in your skin, thus preventing skin dryness, wrinkles and fine lines.
- Reveratrol. Powerful with no less than 17 times the antixoidant properties of common antioxidants found in wrinkle cream, this scientifically tested product is greater in restoring your youthful glow than a whole host of vitamins, including E and C.
- Stem Cells from Vegetables. Rejuvenate your age and protect your skin from UV-induced aging with this powerful, natural ingredient.
- HGH. Also known as Human Growth Hormone, this protein-replicating substance is usually found in the brain’s pituitary gland. A strong metabolic powerhouse for the prevention of wrinkles and stabilization of growth and fat, it lessens in your body as you grow older. Replenishing your body with HGH will restore your youthful look.
Remember, just because we age, it doesn’t mean we can’t look and feel attractive. If you are happy with your looks and feel, then you have discovered true beauty. A balanced lifestyle is the key.
A plethora of tips and suggestions can be found here and there regarding ‘how to maintain healthy skin’.
However, not many people are talking about what you should avoid in order to preserve the natural moisture of your skin and keep it healthy. There are a couple of things you need to watch out for which we will discuss in this article. Before you go any further I want you to know that I truly believe in the saying ‘prevention is better than cure’. So, your emphasis should always be on protecting your skin instead of paying for the damage done.
Here are the 5 things you should avoid in order to keep your skin healthy and radiant:
Avoid the Sun:
First and the foremost, protect your skin from sun damage. Of course, you can’t hide in a dark place until its dark. What I mean is that you should always wear protective clothes and use a good sunscreen when you are out and about. Remember, the sun rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 am. This is the time when you need to be extremely careful.
Secondly, make sure that you are drinking enough fluids. Water and fresh juices should be on the top of your list. Avoid fizzy drinks or energy drinks; they won’t do any good for your skin.
Avoid Alcohol and Smoking…
Alcohol and smoking are definitely two things that are highly hazardous for the skin. Alcohol and nicotine can contribute towards pre-mature aging of the skin, wrinkles and dryness. At times, smokers and drinkers also get brown patches on their skin due to the lack of oxygen to the outer layers. Remember, nicotine blocks the way for oxygen and other important nutrients to reach the outer layer of the skin which stops it from rejuvenating.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals…
Unfortunately, most of the skin care products today come with chemicals that can damage your skin badly. Even the most top notch products that claim to be safe are the same. The best way to make sure you are using safe products is to check the labels for alcohol content and preservatives. If alcohol is present in the cosmetic then you must avoid using it.
As they say ‘you are what you eat’. This is especially important to understand when it comes to taking care of your skin. Try to include lots of fresh fruits and raw vegetables in your diet. Also, grains, meat and whole foods should be taken to make sure your body gets all the nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and the like.
Something to think about!
Recipe for Aging Prevention
It is no secret that it takes an effort to have beautiful skin. One of the greatest contributors to aging skin is the sun. If you can avoid a sunburn, you will help to delay the aging process.
What to do when you get a little too much sun? Did you know that even when it’s cloudy, 65% of UV rays still come through-even through windows and car windows. Ten years later you wonder why you have sun damage on your skin even when you have been good with your SPF. Let’s analyze why.
Sun damage shows the most on your chest, neck, face and hands. If you want to minimize sun damage, use spf 30 even when it’s a cloudy day, even if you’re just walking to work. When you do get a sunburn, act very fast! Don’t delay the healing process. When you get a sunburn, it looks red and damaged on the surface however it’s 5 times worse below the surface.
There is a misconception out there about tanning. Tanning is not necessary. I am not saying everyone needs to stay pale, and getting a little color can make you look fresh, but there are safer ways of getting the same effect. There are many ways to protect yourself and they are for your own benefit. Again, I am not here to preach that you have to hide and become vampire… it’s about prevention.
- Avoid the strongest rays between 12 and 3pm
- Re-apply SPF every 30-45 minutes while sun bathing
- Wear a T-Shirt, hat, sunglasses and stay under an umbrella during strong sun hours
- Don’t forget to apply SPF on your hands and feet
- Use lip protector with SPF
- Drink tons of water
Option 2:Soak a cloth in chilled aloe vera juice and apply to your sunburn, like a cold compress.
Option 3: Buy Calendula Gel
Stay hydrated, drink a lot of water and stay away from the sun while you are healing. If you must expose yourself to the sun, SPF is your best friend. In several days, probably a week, that burned skin will peel. When you start to shed your old burnt skin, it is not a green light to go back in the sun. Now it’s time to repair the damage below by applying the right products to your skin. Long-term over exposure of sun will results in thickening and rubbery looking skin which is NOT attractive. Like the image below.
So much rain in NYC today! But there is a positive! There are many reasons why we should take some time away from the sun.
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