Do you have a skincare routine in place? If not, it's time to start! Maintaining a skincare routine is important for all skin types and ages, but this is especially true as we age. Many of us don’t realize that due to the reduction in our hormones over time our skin becomes thinner and less elastic, (think less bouncy and glowy). The natural process of hyaluronic acid molecules and collagen reduces, so the factors that used to help protect our skin against dryness so that wrinkles are minimized are sadly no longer working as well.
One of the first signs and the most common visual is the fine lines and wrinkles you start to see on your aging skin, which can also start earlier than you expected because these can be caused by sun damage or environmental factors. Of course, there are many other causes like hereditary traits, smoking, stress levels, weight gain or loss, etc., but these are some of the top contributors to your aging skin and wrinkles.
This article will go over how to create an effective skincare routine for aging skin that will keep your face looking young and fresh while also protected.
Tips on Creating an Effective Skincare Routine for Aging Skin
Wear sunscreen every day
Over time, damage from the sun can take a toll on your skin -both aesthetically and medically. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are able to damage the skin and its underlying connective tissue, which ultimately leads to the development of wrinkles and lines (click here for 10 easy tips on how to get rid of fine lines, creases, and wrinkles).
With total exposure and no protection, the effects of UV exposure and sun damage intensify, but the full extent of the damage is not one that is immediately apparent. Along with seeking shade and covering your skin with clothing, wearing sunscreen is one of the most reliable — and easiest — ways to protect your skin's appearance and health at any age. When used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging skin.
Keeping an eye on UV levels and peak sun protection times could also really benefit you. This information can usually be found through daily weather forecasts. However, you must also bear in mind that even when the UV index is considered "Moderate" - a rating of 3-5 on a scale of 11 - that wearing sunscreen is still vital. This is because the UV index cannot be measured by the temperature outside, as UV radiation that can affect your skin is still present in the winter.
For all-around skin defense, it's essential to protect your face and body by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated to offer protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated
Drinking sufficient amounts of water every day (and throughout the day) is still something that many people underestimate, but this powerful substance comes with a world of positive effects on the skin and overall health.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body - one that protects you, stores lipids and water, prevents fluid loss, and serves as thermoregulation. It really is the most natural way to benefit from beaming, glowing, and healthy skin - something we ALL want.
To get a better idea of the benefits on aging skin; let's check out just a few ways drinking water helps to improve and hydrate the skin:
Use a gentle cleanser that doesn't contain harsh chemicals
Everybody is on the quest for a solid skin ritual, but many people tend to use products that are too harsh and end up excessively stripping away the necessary oils and moisture from their skin.
While you may think that this is just part of your simple skincare routine, it can actually have negative consequences that can make your complexion look both dehydrated and lifeless.
What many people don't know? It's all in the cleanser. Your cleanser can determine just how naturally glowy and hydrated your skin is, how often you have a breakout, and how your skin reacts to every single product you apply in your skincare ritual going forward.
Despite being milder on your skin, gentle cleansers should be your first choice. They are incredibly effective when it comes to lifting away impurities from your face but can also benefit and ease symptoms of dry and sensitive skin. Pro tip: an enzymatic or oil infused cleaner can be gentler on your aging skin.
Try using a moisturizer with SPF in it for added sun protection
If you're a regular reader of our articles, you've probably heard us speak to the importance of wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. In fact, we did it again just now in this article!
Say it with us: "I will put on sunscreen every single day and include it in my simple skincare routine, just like mom and Caire taught me." We stress this so much because, as you now know, sunscreen helps you avoid damage from the sun caused by UV rays.
To keep yourself protected, you can do as the title above suggests; try using a moisturizer with SPF in it for added sun protection. So many daily moisturizers seamlessly slip sun protection into your skincare ritual because there is SPF already in the formula.
At Caire, our serum and mask doesn’t have an SPF, however we do provide an uncompromising product that has a rich texture, no scent and is extremely effective. These multitasking wonders boast a pretty straightforward concept; they pump skin full of moisture. A dash of SPF (one of those that doesn’t leave a chalky white cast) will guard against aging skin and on a larger scale, skin cancer.
Get enough sleep and exercise to reduce stress on the body and help maintain healthy skin cells
It's hardly news that exercising regularly is phenomenal for your heart, lungs, and mental wellness. However, it is often overlooked as a solution to healthy skin.
By increasing your blood flow, exercising daily can help nourish your skin cells and keep them alive. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells in your body, including your skin. So, in addition to providing oxygen, blood flow can also help carry away waste products; this also includes free radicals from your cells.
Sleep, on the other hand, is something quite magical. Science has proved time and time again that those who bask in sufficient sleep schedules are able to help their skin look younger.
When it comes to aging skin and beauty routines, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. While you get some rest, your body repairs itself and recovers. This leads to a long list of benefits for your appearance. The goal is to aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. If you do this, you may see results in as little as a day, but your beauty sleep really kicks in after 2-3 weeks of good, consistent sleeping habits. Pro tip: having a calming non-caffeinated tea before bedtime instead of a glass of wine is much better for keeping you asleep through the night.
Eat foods rich in antioxidants to promote cell health and prevent damage from free radicals
The oxidation process in the human body damages cell membranes and other structures, including cellular proteins, lipids, and DNA. When oxygen is metabolized, it produces delicate molecules called 'free radicals,' which strip electrons from other molecules, generating damage to DNA and other cells.
While your body is able to cope with some free radicals and requires them to function correctly, the damage caused by an overload of free radicals over time may become irreversible. This can lead to certain diseases like heart and liver disease, and even some cancers.
Eating food rich in antioxidants, like berries, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, nuts, and whole grains, can promote cell health and prevent damage from free radicals.
What the Experts are Saying
Dangene of the Dangene Institute - "Aging into your 40s, 50s and beyond introduces a new set of challenges. The skin becomes drier and loses elasticity when collagen production slows. Caire's forward-thinking skincare uses moisture-locking molecular nutrition and proprietary peptides to build new collagen and achieve longer-lasting, naturally bouncier skin."
Whether you're just starting out in your skincare routine or looking to improve the quality of it, there are many things you can do for healthy skin. We've compiled a list of 6 easy tips that will help keep your complexion glowing and reduce the risk of premature aging. If these steps sound like they'd be helpful but aren't enough on their own, don't worry! You can also visit our website at cairebeauty.com, where we have several products with the highest-quality scientifically effective ingredients.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water every day (8+ cups) as well as get adequate sleep and exercise each week so that your body can rejuvenate and enhance your overall well-being as you age. Pro tip: Don’t forget to love yourself everyday!
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