Wrinkles, sagging skin, discoloration, and age spots are all enemies for women. Over the years, I dug up lots of information about the skin.
1. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, and more Sunscreen.
While the sun provides warmth, photosynthesis, solar energy, stimulate vitamin D production in humans, and a billion other benefits, its harmful UV rays are not good for your skin's health. Sunscreen protects your skin from premature aging. While wrinkles, sagging skin, and the loss of collagen are natural processes of aging, excessive exposure to the UV rays will accelerate the process. So, using sunscreen everyday is key to having youthful skin. Also, you must wear it everyday to get the benefits. Here are some of the important things to look for when buying a sunscreen:
- At least SPF 30
- Look for broad spectrum protection (protects against both UVA and UVB)
- For swimming, look for water resistant
- Cream and lotion type work better than powder or spray
Sunscreen Guide Table
|Types of Sunscreen||Key or Active Ingredient||Good for Sensitive Skin?|
Yes, But Physical Sunscreens are Probably Better
Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Dioxide, or Both
YES, Best for Sensitive Skin
Both Chemical and Physical Ingredients
Yes, But Physical Sunscreens are Probably Better
UV Camera Tells You Which Sunscreen is Better!
Protect your skin from the sun with the right clothing, hats, sun umbrella, and other physical barriers. In addition to applying sunscreen to the skin, protect your skin through the right clothing. Certain materials are very good at blocking UV rays.
This vitamin A derivate is not only known for acne treatment, it will also help fade wrinkles. We all know how stubborn fine lines and wrinkles are. Once they appear on the skin, it seems like they are there to stay and get more visible over time. Retinoid cream is one of the proven ingredients that actually help fade fine lines and wrinkles. Prescription strength works faster than regular over the counter beauty products with retinoids. Either way, retinoids will definitely give you a visible result at reducing all wrinkles. However, it is better to start from a lower strength one first because this product tends to irritate the skin. Also, be sure to apply at night. Retinoids make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Couple this powerful wrinkle fighting ingredient with sunscreen for the best results.
3. Topical Vitamin C
Topical vitamin c is one of the proven ingredients that will benefit the skin. There are lots of peer reviewed scientific studies that prove the effectiveness of this vitamin for the skin. Don't believe me? Just ask your dermatologist. Topical vitamin c has a few functions, anti-aging, improve skin discoloration, photoprotective, and is a potent antioxidant. The most potent form is ascorbic acid, which is highly unstable, look for packaging that helps to protect the integrity of vitamin c. I incorporated vitamin c in my beauty routine for about 5 years now and I really feel like my skin has been the best since before puberty. Just check out my article on vitamin c for a more information and comprehensive review.
4. Moisturize the Skin
Keep the skin hydrated is one of the best ways to decrease the chances of wrinkles and fine lines from forming in the first place. In addition to applying a moisturizer to your face, you should also drink plenty of water. This is especially important if you live in an area with low humidity. Here are some of the effective ingredients in a good moisturizer that will help to lock in the moisture.
- Good old petroleum jelly, especially effective at locking in water right after bathing, not good for very oily acne prone skin, but perfect for dry older skin.
- Glycerin, attracts and locks moisture in the skin.
- Hyaluronic acid, hold 1,000 times its weight in water!
- Ceramides, seal up the cracks between skin cells, repairs the cause of dryness
- Fatty acids and cholesterol, function like ceramides, all three are found in healthy skin.
5. Healthy Eating to Boost Your Health and Skin
Beauty comes from within! This is definitely true for skincare. If you don't eat healthy, regularly exercise, and never do your annual health exams, your poor health will show up on your skin. Eat more vegetables, exercise regularly, and do regular checkups with the doctor will greatly improve your health. Your skin will also become more radiant and healthy. Be sure to take vitamin and mineral supplements if you are deficient.
6. High Quality Facial Oil
Oil is the best friend for dry mature skin. Dry skin is most prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin produces less oil over time. High quality facial oil works as a sealant that forms a barrier between the skin and the environment. Preventing moisture loss in the skin is key to more youthful and radiant looking skin. The Marula oil is especially good for dry mature skin.