Here are four tips to anti aging and healthy skin. The key to have any kind of change in our skin is to get it moving. You would not expect any other thing in your life to occur without acting on it. Healthy skin can be obtained simply but there is some commitment as well as finding the right individual(s) to help you. I, as a skin care specialist, recommend seeing someone trained to understand skin types, conditions, and ingredients instead of relying solely on what you hear on TV or read in magazines.
1. Exfoliate-reverse a dull complexion and increase the skins cellular turnover. This can be done in several different ways. I recommend a monthly treatment exfoliation which could be a peel or microdermabrasion as well as a daily product exfoliation. A cleanser or creme with effective ingredients such as retinol for deeper anti-aging or gentler ingredients such as sugar surfactants for the sensitive types.
2. Hydrate-increase moisture for healthy glowing skin. One of the best on the market today is HyaluronicAcid which binds water to the cells increasing hydration and improving elasticity. This is always included in my facial services.
3. Balance-even out skin tone(discolorations) and texture(rough skin). Reduce redness with lightening agents and discolorations such as sun posts or melasma with something stronger, like hydroquinone or kojic acid. In treatment there are several possibilities depending on the degree of your discoloration, peels would more than likely be the most effective option. I say peels and not just a peel because remember it has taken awhile for it to get where it is. Patience and commitment are essential to any skin care program. For textural issues, if it is acne you are suffering with the sooner addressed the better to avoid scarring. Home care and a peel series are the best options. There are also textural issues such as irritated skin associated with rosacea. We do not want to irate it further, the skin must stay clean, hydrated, and soothed with organic botanicals, antioxidants, lightening ingredients, and with oxygen. The Vitamin C peel and oxygen infusion, & LED treatments are the best for rosacea. Lastly if the rough texture is from dullness or from having enlarged pores it’s back to step 1, exfoliation. A combination of acids at home and a microdermabrasion with oxygen infusion to get that skin moving!
4. Protect-last but most definitely not the least is to wear or intake your daily sun screen. This is for everyone no matter the age or color and to wear it everyday. There are so many misconceptions that darker individuals do not need it or it’s only needed when you are at the pool or beach. It is not true. For those of you who know me know that I am a huge advocate of wearing your sunscreen daily. 90% of our aging does come from the sun so remember that unless you want to look like a prune and not have to live in a bubble go for the SPF. I have many formulas to that will keep you from feeling oily or dry, and that will give you a little tint, all chemical-free, gotta love that! Also, I am now carrying UV Harmonized water to add an additional layer of protection both inside and out.
Aging is a natural process and to be embraced. We do not need to look 20 to feel it. Remember find a professional to help you find the best products and program to assist with getting that youthful, glowing, healthy skin. Stick to that program and enjoy growing mature, gracefully.