This list won’t help you look 18 forever, but at least it will allow you to age gracefully. And I don’t know anyone, male or female, not open to keeping themselves young-looking!
Antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your skin from the production of free radicals. They help in anti-inflammation, skin firming, reducing wrinkle appearance, scar treatment and sun protection.
There are tablets you can take that are rich in antioxidants, but you may also want to try La Prairie Cellular Power Serum.
Brows. It’s quite simple, really: The thinner the brows, the older you look. But I’m not encouraging people to have their brows overgrown; a well-shaped brow will make you look more youthful.
If you already have gray hair in your brows, visit the salon and have it dyed. In 15 minutes, you will look at least five years younger.
Creams. Never underestimate the power of creams. People tend to forget to take care of their necks, hands and feet, yet these areas show the first signs of aging. Check out the range of body creams at L’Occitane and The Body Shop.
Dermastamping. This procedure is done specifically to target deep lines, scars, even stretch marks. A pen-like needle is used to depress the skin to help rejuvenate it.
Exercise. Exercise helps keep the skin healthy by increasing blood flow and providing oxygen, which helps flush out waste products, including free radicals.
Facials. There are different facials for your skin’s needs. They don’t always have to involve the dreaded pricking procedure, but facials should help remove dead skin cells and address your skin problems. Check out Belo Clinic’s list of offerings.
Growth factor. As we age, there is a depletion in growth factors, so collagen and elastin start to break down. A lot of products out there are designed to sustain growth factors.
Hair. Keeping hair healthy adds youth and vibrancy to your looks. Trying out new trends and not getting stuck in a hairstyle rut will also help. It doesn’t always have to be expensive; you can fix your hair at home. Try Kiehl’s olive oil deep conditioner.
Illuminators. For those with fine lines and dry skin, consider illuminators as they give the illusion of vibrant, youthful skin. They also hide wrinkles and make skin look seamless. Try Guerlain Meteorites.
Juice. You can take care of your skin by juicing. Look for fruits and veggies rich in A, C, K and E minerals; they will help keep your skin hydrated, revitalized and nourished. Try carrots, banana and avocado.
Keratin. This is the material in the outer layer of the skin, including hair and nails. A well-balanced diet rich in protein and vitamins A and C will aid the body in producing enough keratin to give you stronger hair and nails.
Lasers. There are different types of lasers to help rejuvenate dull skin, remove age spots and minimize pores. Ask your dermatologist about Yag, Fraxel, DermaLite and RevLite.
Masks. From oily to dry skin, there is a mask for specific skin.
Natural makeup. The older we get, the less makeup we should put on. Makeup tends to gather in fine lines, only accentuating them. Also, the skin eventually loses its moisture, and foundation on such skin will look cakey. By keeping it natural or doing the natural makeup look, you will look fresher and younger.
Omega-3. Oil is good for your skin. This is what the Perricone diet is all about. By taking Omega-3, skin is given moisture that it can’t produce naturally.
Peptides. Peptides are links of amino acids that break down due to aging and harmful environmental factors.
Quality time. Time for yourself is very important for good skin. Always set aside time to rejuvenate yourself. The self is the most profitable investment. Have massages, spa treatments, facials and anti-aging products.
Retinol. The natural form of vitamin A is found in food like egg yolk. Skincare specialists call it a “miracle ingredient,” because it generates cell growth, aids in cell repair and protects skin from free radicals.
Sleep. Proper rest is the most underrated anti-aging secret. Get at least eight hours of sleep every day, and take the occasional power nap during the day.
Teeth. People notice your teeth at first glance, so always keep them clean and bright. A teeth-brightening laser treatment by your dentist will do wonders.
UV protection. Exposure to UV rays is the No. 1 cause of premature aging, wrinkles and age spots. Always remember to apply sunscreen on your body, face and wrinkle-prone areas such as the under-eye to avoid premature aging.
Visits to the derma. Always trust the experts. If you visit your dentist every six months, why not give your skin the same attention?
Water. Feel free to go beyond eight glasses of water a day. Water aids in metabolism and weight loss, and gives your body energy.
X out bad habits. Smoking, drinking and too much sun exposure will ruin your skin. Everything in moderation is still a good rule to follow, but where these three bad habits are concerned, none at all would be even better.
Yoga. Yoga helps improve the body’s balance of strength and flexibility, giving you more energy throughout the day, and aiding blood circulation. I have many friends who swear by its detoxifying benefits, and they all have great skin.
Zinc. Zinc controls oil production of the skin, and may help regulate the hormones that cause acne. It also improves the immune system.