Who doesn’t want to stay young for whole life? Bet everyone wants the youthful days to last forever. No one really knows how to stop the clock and reverse the days once they are gone but there is something that can help you.
There is a way by which you will appear younger than your actual age. Posing for the camera and posting pictures on social media would be fun again. Try these 8 best tips, which will ensure your skin to be better and younger.
1- Always wash your skin with a gentle cleanser
Starting from the most basic thing, cleansing is a must for regular skin care. People sometimes assume cleansing as a makeup routine but it is not. You are just giving space to yourself for skin clearing.
Cleansing is necessary especially when you are a regular makeup doer. It will make sure that all makeup residues, oil, dirt, pollutants and even bacteria are removed. Most of the skin problems are caused by any of these factors. Removing them from the skin will make your skin clearer and hence better.
Selecting a suitable cleaner is also a trick. There are a huge number of skincare products available in the market, each one claiming to be the best. However, it is better to use a gentle cleanser on your skin. It will retain the skin barrier and wouldn’t cause dehydration and another type of skin damage.
Not all cleansers that you find in stores are suitable for your skin. You may try 2-3 companies in order to find the most appropriate product. Cleansers that have a high pH such as natural soaps are harsh on the skin. They make your skin more susceptible to infections. Always check the pH before buying any face cleanser. Low pH works best for optimal skin types.
Secondly, always read the label before you buy any product. A common ingredient sodium lauryal sulfate is a harsh thing for your skin. Make sure to avoid it. Never buy a product that has a fancy ingredient that you are unable to understand.
Cleansers may not last on your skin for long. But if they are loaded with active ingredients, they may cause a long-term damage.
2- Follow up with a toner
Toner is something that often people regard as “unnecessary” whereas it is not. It is a misconception that toner is an extra product. For a regular skincare, the toner is as important as a cleanser.
The toners that have been recently modified are able to maintain the pH of your skin. Even when the pH of your skin is disturbed, using a toner after cleansing will restore the normal pH. It is better to prevent the damage before treating it later on. So you should definitely use a toner right after you finish cleaning.
3- Never miss exfoliating your skin
With aging, the natural skin rejuvenation is lowered and eventually stopped. Just when skin stops its natural replenishing, the dead skin is no more shed. Neither new cells will take place of the old cells.
It means the skin will look dull and uneven. It may sometimes crack too. In this matter, exfoliators are necessary to get rid of the dead cells from the skin.
Talking about the exfoliants, there are two main categories. One is called physical and second is called chemical. Physical exfoliants are harsh on the skin such as sugar scrubs and cleansers that have tiny microbeads in them. Using these physical exfoliants will make your skin more susceptible to sagging.
If you use chemical exfoliants, they will slowly detach skin’s natural bonding. They are effective on all skin types. Try to find the best exfoliant that has alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) i.e. glycolic acid and lactic acid in it. These ingredients are also available in toner, serums etc.
4- Never rub any skincare product on your skin
Be gentle with your skin. Regardless of what product you use, make sure that you are giving a light hand to your skin. In general, skincare products have lots of active ingredients in them.
5- Try an anti aging serum
The best anti aging serum has more active ingredients than a moisturizer. You should look for a serum that has vitamin A derivatives called retinoids (retinol, tretinoin, and tazarotene) and vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) in it.
These will act like antioxidants and also increase collagen in your skin. They will be able to extract the oxidative stress caused by environment and biological processes. This oxidative stress is a major contributor to early aging.
6- Add moisturizer to your daily routine
The natural sebum production of the body is disturbed by aging. The skin produces less sebum than normal. Though it leaves less chance for acne it will make your skin drier. This is the reason why you will see fine lines and wrinkles on your skin because skin hydration is disturbed. Luckily you can fix this by using a good moisturizer.
You should ideally buy a moisturizer that has water-binding humectants like glycerine and hyaluronic acid. Any occlusive such as petrolatum (Vaseline) and mineral oil may also prevent the evaporation of water from the skin. But make sure that you have cleansed your skin before you apply moisturizer to avoid trapping bacteria.
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7- Don’t forget the sunscreen before stepping out
Sun protection works like a barrier from the damage causing aging. Once that you make a habit of avoiding it will make your skin looking as young as possible. Skin contributes so many of the visible aging signs. Even this damage has its own category in dermatology called photoaging. The solar rays may cause the following
- Breakdown of collagen
- Causing skin abnormalities
- Making skin thinner
- Causing wrinkles and fine lines
- Causing uneven skin tone
- Pigmentation problems
It’s better to use sunscreen on not just beach but on normal days. If you use a sunscreen with SPF 30, it will safeguard your skin’s color, texture, and even aging. Also follow other ways such as wearing a hat, wearing long sleeves, sunglasses and avoiding the sun whenever possible.
Not to forget, do not go for suntan even if you like it. You can use fake tanning products i.e. tanning lotion or spray.
8- Protect your skin from accidental trauma
Another reason for wrinkles to appear on your skin is due to the damage to the skin. When the skin gets older, skin becomes more fragile. It is more susceptible to trauma and accidental damages.
There is not any scientific evidence on how you apply your skincare products. But few things like lifestyle changes will make your skin aging slower or faster. Simple things such as pressing your face on a pillow while sleeping may also cause sleep wrinkles. Try to avoid such habits to get a healthy skin.
It is not just your face that makes you look younger but your whole body. Many people completely ignore this personal care so they need to put a little effort on their face. In this struggle, make a routine of cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing.
Also do not neglect the other areas of your body i.e. neck, chest, hands and feet. Improve your diet and look for healthier alternatives. Take care of your self and enjoy the days of your life with a healthy and younger version of yourself.