Anti-aging Skincare: It's Never too Late (or too early) to Start!
At Alima, we like to celebrate women's inner beauty. Inner beauty has become a ubiquitous and, arguably, an almost meaningless term...and yet, within it lies the hallmark of what matters most: being the best, most humane, most loving human beings we can be; having the generosity of spirit to share that beauty with others; possessing the courage and self-respect to allow our light to be seen...
And then, there's that little matter about our skin. We'd like it to look as nice and fresh as possible, for as long as possible, if you please...
How best to accomplish this? Whether you are 20 or 70, there are plenty of ways to optimize our skincare and minimize or even prevent many of the most common signs of aging. Here are a few of them.
Anti-aging Skincare Tips:
- Protect your skin against sun damage and skin cancer: You and I both know this one, but nonetheless, it bears repeating. No matter how young you are, anti-aging skincare (and skin cancer prevention) starts with wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF 15--rain or shine, indoors or out. Slather on an SPF of 30 or greater if you'll be outdoors for an extended period of time. For those who engage in outdoor sports or require extra protection, consider purchasing a sunscreen with a high PPD ("persistent pigment darkening") rating.
- Heighten your skin's protection with antioxidants: Antioxidants protect the skin against free radical damage, which is pivotal to both skin appearance and to the prevention of skin cancer. Using a treatment containing an assortment of antioxidants (vitamin c, vitamin e, grapeseed extract, green tea extract, selenium, etc.) can both mitigate the effects of current damage (wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin tone) and protect the skin against future damage.
- Treat your skin as if it's sensitive (even if technically it's not): In other words, less is more. Skin irritation, whether on the surface, or lying invisibly beneath the surface, degrades the skin's structure, leading to a more aged appearance. Streamline your routine to include only the most efficacious products. A few, effective products is better, safer, gentler, than an excess of less effective products laden with irritating ingredients such as fragrance.
- Try regular exfoliation: Using an exfoliator in the form of a gentle skin scrub or an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHA (beta hydroxy acids) solution can help clear away dead skin cells and encourage the renewal of collagen. The result is often clearer, brighter, more glowing skin--with the added boon of allowing for greater absorption and efficiency of other anti-aging products. Go gently if you have unusually sensitive or Rosacea prone skin. Rosacea sufferers sometimes find BHA solutions to be most effective, due to BHA's potential anti-inflammatory effects. My own sensitive, Rosacea skin does best with simple washcloth exfoliation or the occasional (monthly) use of a gentle exfoliant.
Finally, take a nudge from Kate and try skin acupuncture! (see her previous post on the subject).
All the best,
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