When you are young, skincare is a foreign idea. You might have grown up washing your face and leaving the house. You probably did not care about a diet and ate what you wanted. You may have even slept in your makeup. None of it mattered because your skin did not show any effects from the reckless behavior. Eventually, life catches up with you in the form of crow's feet, dull skin, and overall dryness. The skin starts to sag, and the lips start to thin. Our body begins to make less of what kept our skin firm and perky. Collagen, the protein that makes the skin bright and firm, starts to fade by 1% every year after you turn 40. Although this can be discouraging to hear, there are still things you can do to lessen the harm done from time and give you luminous skin.
USE GENTLE CLEANSERS
Harsh cleansers can rob the skin of its natural oils. This leads to dryness and a damaged skin barrier. Instead, try to use a gentle cleanser like non-foaming cleansers or cream cleansers. Our grandmothers would swear by cold cream and there was a reason for that. While a foaming cleanser may feel nice, it can cause long-term damage to vulnerable skin. A soft cleanser with a gentle hand is enough to get the job done.
As we get older, our skin cells do not turn over as quickly. A baby's skin turnover rate is 1 week compared to a 30-year old’s 4-week cycle. A fast skin turnover rate is what leads to babies having that smooth, bright skin of theirs. Adding actives to a skincare routine can show positive improvements in texture, brightness, and acne. Exfoliating actives like Glycolic acid are known to brighten the skin and stop whiteheads. If you want to try something more bulletproof, Retinoid is the mother of them all. Dermatologists swear by this multi-talented ingredient. It smooths wrinkles, fights acne, brightens the skin, and keeps oily pores at bay. A small dime-sized amount of Retinoid a night will have you seeing results in under 6 weeks. If you have more sensitive skin, lactic acid is a gentle exfoliator that hydrates the skin.
CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE
Skincare products can be relaxing and fun, but it is important to make sure you are taking care of the body from the inside as well. Having a diet that consists of fruits and vegetables gives your body the vitamins and antioxidants your skin needs. Eating too much junk food and sweets can cause acne and dullness in complexion. Drinking water helps to keep the skin hydrated and clear from congestion. Stay away from sugary drinks like soda and alcohol that can inflame the skin. The truth is you do not need upwards of 20 products to have a good routine for your skin. A simple but effective routine that focuses on skin concerns is what works in the long run. Use these tools to rediscover the healthy glow within you.
How Much Collagen Should You Take per Day? (healthline.com)
Text by Tianna Burns