It’s never too early to start your anti-aging skincare routine. Certain habits and products can give you a leg up when it comes to premature aging and when it comes to the inevitable wrinkles that come with getting older. Here are five of our best anti-aging tips that you can use no matter your age:
Get More Sleep, Be Less Stressed
If you’ve ever needed more of a reason to get eight hours a night, here it is. Studies show that regularly not getting enough sleep increases the rate at which your skin ages, as well as reduces your skin’s capacity to recover after being exposed to the Sun. Getting the right amount of sleep each night will help your skin retain its youthful glow. Reducing your stress is also one of our best anti-aging tips, as stress can play a major part in the development of those fine lines.
If you deal with chronic stress, your skin will be the first to show all the negative effects of it. However, there are ways in which you decrease these negative changes that happen in your body due to stress. Practicing relaxation methods, such as yoga or meditation, can calm your body’s stress and ultimately your skin, so try to incorporate these techniques into your daily routine.
Try Massaging Your Face
Facial massaging can both relax your body and stimulate the blood flow in your face. By engaging in lymphatic drainage, relaxing the muscles, and helping your skin have more circulation, massaging your face will result in fewer wrinkles. It’s simple, easy, and effective, so don’t be afraid to add it to your skincare routine in the morning or at night. Dermatologist recommend you can massage your face while applying your regular skincare products, such as any anti-aging serums or moisturizers. This will help your skin absorb the product even better.
Even babies need sunscreen. Decreasing your sun exposure and increasing your sun protection is the single most important step out of all our anti-aging tips. The sun is the number one culprit of aging symptoms, including dark spots, uneven skin tone, saggy skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. This is where sunscreen comes in.
Using a broad-spectrum sun protection product on your face every day—rain or shine—will protect your skin against premature aging. Broad-spectrum protects against both types of ultraviolet rays, but make sure to also use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Always remember to put sunscreen on your neck, upper chest, and hands as well.
Retinoids Are More Powerful Than You Think
While topical retinol products are not exactly suitable for children, you can use them as a young adult. You aren’t even required to have wrinkles to use it! While retinoids are prescription-based skincare products, retinol is over-the-counter. These ingredients are considered the best for anti-aging, besides sunscreen, and dermatologists swear by it. Studies show that retinoids help your skin look younger and more youthful by starting at the cellular level.
By increasing your cell turnover rate and making your skin plumper, retinoids can help promote anti-aging. While retinoids and retinol are slightly different, retinol also speeds up collagen production in your skin and fades away those wrinkles and fine lines.
Don’t Forget to Exfoliate
Speaking of cell turnover, exfoliation is a great way to increase that process in your skin, leading to a brighter and more even complexion. By removing dead skin cells, you’ll be glowing and youthful in no time. However, be wary of rough physical scrubs that cause irritation, and be more open-minded towards chemical exfoliants. While using a “chemical” on your skin might sound frightening, dermatologist-approved chemicals like salicylic acid and glycolic acid are nothing of the sort.
How frequently you exfoliate depends on your skin type. If you have normal skin, you can exfoliate between one to three times a week. If you have sensitive skin though, exfoliate less often and speak to your dermatologist about which exfoliant is right for you. Remember not to be too harsh or exfoliate too much as it can leave your skin irritated, dry, and red.
Anti-Aging Tips by Miami Center for Dermatology
At the Miami Center for Dermatology, we want to help you achieve the best skin of your life. Give us a call and visit our office as soon as you can for a consultation.