How To Keep Your Skin Healthy | Guide to Preventing Skin Aging (7 Essential Steps)
How To Keep Your Skin Healthy With The Power of Prevention
If you’re in your 20’s and 30’s, having to deal with wrinkles isn’t really even on your radar (yet)! You see crow’s feet starting to creep in (especially after a long night), but it’s not that big of a deal… a little bit of extra moisturizer should do the trick, right?
Stick with us though – before you know it, you’re rounding the corner to 40 and all of a sudden you start to notice lines that seem to have come up over night! Here’s the good news, the saying “It’s never too late” (more details on that below!) certainly rings true when it comes to having a proper skin care routine. Using high quality products will always make a visible difference to your skin and prevent future damage and aging.
Although skin damage and natural skin aging is inevitable for all of us, the degree to which environmental damage affects you depends on what you do in your younger years – Start. Today.
To help you along your journey to aging gracefully, below is more about the power of prevention and the 7 essential skincare tips and products you need to be using in your 20’s and 30’s. But first…
Why you shouldn’t fall for “feel good” products
We’re living in a time of instant gratification and when you see an ad or a post in Facebook or Instagram with the latest, greatest skin care product, it’s easy to fall into the hype. We’ve all done it. It may be the elaborate packaging, the overnight promises, or a familiar face that draws you in. Without thinking twice, you’ve already made up your mind that you will be buying that cleanser or cream in front of you.
What you may not be thinking about in that moment is that brands that advertise or package their products so boldly may be selling you the “lifestyle” but not necessarily the solution. There is a prevalent myth to stay away from in skincare “if it’s expensive, it must be better”. Many times, even though we know better, we fall into the trap of being encouraged to purchase based on price alone, being persuaded to believe that an expensive product must contain only the best ingredients. Beware of the catch and be a savvy consumer – in the skincare industry there is a surprising disconnect between price and quality of ingredients in formulas. What is more, while using bad products, you are depriving your skin of the nutrition and protection it needs, which down the road, shows up as our skin aging faster than we’d like.
Sure, you can continue using the latest and greatest products as advertised, and settle for “improving” later on…or you can use products that have “real” ingredients in them that actually work to prevent the environmental damage we’re all subjected to daily. That type of daily damage requires “real” nutrition and “real” antioxidants, proven with quality science. Avoid “feel good” hyped up products that focus more on the marketing than what’s actually in the bottle…
Throughout your 20’s and 30’s, it may seem like enough to have a cleanser and a good moisturizer on hand. While these are both necessary products, there are other steps in the skincare process that are equally as important to care for your skin both today and keep it healthy and beautiful 10 years from today. Prevention starts with these:
7 Essential Skin Care Products
It’s important to wash your face every day, especially at night, to get rid of the day’s dirt and impurities (including makeup), but also to revitalize the natural glow of your skin. You may consider an oil cleanser for a deeper clean, deeper hydration, and softer, smoother skin. Even if your skin isn’t prone to breakouts, a cleanser with BHA’s (beta hydroxy acid) or AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid) are excellent for gentle exfoliation and skin brightening.
2.) Eye cream
Because of its lack of density and oil glands, the skin around the eyes tends to show aging more quickly. You may think that you can get away with using your moisturizer around your eyes, but using an eye cream is a much better choice. Eye creams contain targeted actives specifically for this area, so you’re much more likely to see results.
Recommended products: Advanced Eye Therapy Complex
Retinol is an essential skincare product if you believe that prevention is better than a cure. Touted as the be-all-end-all anti-aging miracle, retinol is a vitamin A complex that the skin digests and works to speed up cell turnover and boost collagen. This means you’ll be setting the foundation for smoother, younger, healthier looking skin in the future.
Recommended products: Retinol Evening Renewal Serum
4.) Nutritional Serum
Molecules in nutritional serums are smaller than those in moisturizers, which allows the product to absorb much deeper into the skin layers. What this means is that the active ingredients (10 times the amount found in moisturizers) will be easily delivered into the skin and target aging.
Moisturizers work in perfect harmony with serums by locking in moisture, especially for those with dry skin. Moisturizers are just as beneficial for those with oily skin since they help balance oil levels, provide protective barriers against free radicals, and bring out your gorgeous glow.
Recommended products: Complete Daily Moisturizer
6.) Sun Protection
Even though the effects of sun damage are well known, there are still many people who don’t include sunscreen in their daily skin routine. The incidental damage from sun exposure add ups, especially as you age. To prevent further damage and maintain the overall health of your skin, make sure to include a good sunscreen as part of your daily regimen.
Recommended products: Skin Renewal Collection
When the skin refreshes, it pushes dead skin cells away to make way for new skin cells. If not exfoliated, these dead skin cells can cause the skin to appear dull, clogged pores, irritation, and even acne. By exfoliating regularly, you will keep your skin bright and fresh. Just be sure to stay far away from exfoliators with microbeads (more on that here).
A parting note…
Skin damage happens to all of us, but when you’re using all the right products in your 20’s and 30’s, especially along with a wholefoods diet, you’ll find that as you age, your skin will be less prone to wrinkles, lines, age spots, and even sun damage.
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Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition. She is currently working toward a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. She spends her spare time listening to music, being outdoors, and reading.