Your skin acts a tell-all for your health, age, and diet. Depending on what you eat and how you digest it, it all gets reflected back in your skin.
Growing older is also reflected in our skin by wrinkles and blemishes. For many of us, we work hard to age gracefully. Through exercise, stress reduction, diet changes and now we strive to keep ourselves looking young and wrinkle-free.
And we’ve got a few expert tips from our esthetician on ways to keep your skin looking young and healthier than ever.
1. Eliminate Sugars and Processed Foods
We know you’ve heard this a thousand times before, but it’s worth repeating. Whatever you put into your body will eventually get reflected on your skin.
The more processed foods and sugars you consume, the faster the collagen and elasticity in your skin degrades. This leads to premature wrinkles and saggy skin. If you struggled with acne or rosacea you’ll want to make sure you steer clear of sugars, as they have a tendency to make your symptoms worse.
Eating whole foods, especially bone broths boost collagen levels and actively firm up your skin.
2. Use SPF Protection
We aren’t just talking about sunscreen during the summer. When we say use SPF protection we are talking 360 days a year of sunscreen.
The ground might be snow covered and the temperature well below bathing suit weather, but that doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out and shining in full force. Snow reflects back nearly 80% of UV rays, which means your getting hit directly from the sun and from the snow below increasing your chances of sunburn.
Don’t live in a snowy area? You’re still not safe. The sun is closer to the earth during the winter and the ozone is thinner meaning the ozone’s natural UV blockers are weaker, letting through more sun-burning rays.
Find a moisturizer with SPF built in. This will eliminate the need of adding additional product to your face, and it will mean you’re protected year round.
If you aren’t interested in switching moisturizers, use a dry mineral powder with SPF mixed in for a light, and nearly invisible alternative sun protection.
3. Buy Product for Your Skin
Not all out-of-the-box skin care products from your local pharmacy will do the trick. In fact, they may actually work against you by clogging up your pores. Find a skin care solution based on your skin type and needs.
There are a few companies, like ARCONA, who can create a skincare regiment specifically for you. By asking you a handful of questions, we are able to determine what your needs are and what type of skin you have. Then either through their website or through a certified ARCONA skincare practitioner (which we have available here), you will be given a customized skin care routine along with exactly what products you need.
If you’d like a no-cost skin care consultation just ask us at your next visit!
4. Read Product Labels
Just as you read food labels, you should be just as cautious about what you put on your body. When it comes to reading product labels for nonfood items, it can be difficult to know which items listed should throw up that red flag. We’ve listed out a few of the most common things to look for.
If you have sensitive skin you’ll want to seek out items with the hypoallergenic label on them. While there is a small risk these products might still cause an allergic reaction, there is much less risk
- Non-Comedogenic or Non-acnegenic
If you see these on the label it means they do not cause acne.
Non-comedogenic products are less likely to clog pores and cause blackheads whereas non-acnegenic products reduce the risk of acne buildup and formation.
Things to avoid:
Tip: “Clinically proven” means that the product was given to consumers to try. It does not mean the product underwent clinical trials and received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).