11 Skin Hacks to Keep Your Skin Youthful
Do you ever find yourself wishing for a more youthful appearance? Layers of concealer and foundation later you just feel like an old caked up mess? You wish that you could wake up in the morning and get away with going to work without having to “put on your face.” I know that I have! Listed below are 11 skin tricks to help keep your skin youthful.
Wash Your Face
Okay okay, I know this one seems obvious, but I can’t tell you how many girls/women I know that only wash their face when they shower and use just a plain bar of Dove soap. Ideally you should wash your face twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. Most importantly wash your face at the end of the night, by the end of the day your face has encountered various elements such as makeup, sweat, bacteria, dirt, pollen, and much more. By sleeping in your makeup all of those gross combinations won’t just be sitting on the top of your skin, but it will be absorbed throughout the night while you sleep. As I’m sure you can imagine the results of such debris is not a good one.
A majority of aging to the skin is caused by excessive sun exposure causing freckles, hyperpigmentation, reduces elasticity causing premature aging! Prolonged sun exposure can also lead to skin cancer, leading to the doctor having to cut portions of the skin, yikes.
Pursing your lips over a cigarette creates very distinct lines. We all know that one lady with lips that are less than luscious from the years of smoking. Want to know another icky result of smoking? Stretch marks. Yep, nicotine in the cigarettes can damage the connective fibers and tissue in the skin, resulting in stretch marks. You may also find that a person who smokes lacks a beautiful, healthy luster to the skin; this is because cigarettes contain carbon monoxide which steals your body of oxygen which basically suffocates your skin.
Exfoliating increases blood circulation, therefore encouraging brand-new healthy skin. Over time, it reduces the appearance of acne scarring. If you suffer from congested skin, by exfoliating you will draw out such congestion making it easier to extract and/or heal on it’s own.
Change your pillow-case
Changing out your pillow-case often kind of goes hand-in-hand with washing your face. Your pillow-case is the perfect housing space for bacteria, dirt, sweat, dead skin, and oils from your hair. I mean, think about this, if you’re washing your face at night but you’re sleeping on a dirty pillow, then it’s going to cause some break-outs for sure.
Moisturizing is important for obvious reasons, you want to keep the skin hydrated and youthful, and applying a moisturizer helps create that beautiful glow. Not only that, but moisturizing also creates a barrier from harmful substances penetrating the skin. Having a decent balance between oils and fluids is vital for healthy, youthful skin.
Use an Under-eye serum
Using an under-eye serum will shed years off of the skin. It reduces crows feet, puffiness under the eyes, minimizes the appearance of dark circles under the eyes by increasing circulation under the eyes, giving you fresh, doe-eyed, under-eyes.
Go Easy on the Alcohol
It’s not a hidden fact that alcohol basically robs the body of water, causing dehydration, and I need not mention yet AGAIN the importance of hydrated skin. Drinking excessively also robs the body of vitamin A. Vitamin A is very important to increase the bodies cell turn-over rate, giving you that vibrant glow. Alcohol also dilates the blood vessels. When the vessels over-dilate it can cause permanent damage to the skin, such as spider veins.
Eat a Balanced Diet
By eating a balanced diet, and not over eating refined sugars and processed foods will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals that it needs in order to “feed” the skin. When I say a balanced diet, I mean eating plenty of fruits and vegetables combined with proteins and carbohhydrates. Eating greasy foods not only make us gain weight, but can cause breakouts as well.
Don’t forget the lips
Focus on the lips every now and then. We all envy Angelina Jolie and her gorgeous, plump lips. Taking care of your lips is just as important as the rest of your face. You want to be sure to exfoliate them regularly, and use a lip-balm with SPF. (Lips can get sun-burnt too.)
Visit your Local Esthetician
I think this step is one of the most important–Yes, I know I might be a little biased, being a licensed esthetician myself, but there are so many services that we offer that can keep your skin healthy and young. Anything from microdermabrasion, chemical peels, high-frequency, and much much more. An esthetician will also be able to tell you what skin regime is perfect for your specific skin-care needs. Also, who doesn’t love a little relaxation and pampering?
Unless it’s in your genetics, it’s a fact that you will age, but there is SO much out there that can be done to prevent premature aging as well as many tricks to reduce premature aging. Out of this list what could you find yourself improving on for the sake of your skin?