Eat well, exercise regularly, and live a healthy lifestyle. These are some of the most commonly known tips for how to get youthful-looking, healthy skin. While the foods you eat and lifestyle you live dramatically impact your skin's health, there are additional steps you can take to maintain younger-looking skin. To maintain smooth, durable, and glowing skin, follow these four secrets on how to keep skin looking young and healthy.
1. Stay Hydrated
The number one secret to youthful skin? Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. And when you think you're hydrated, hydrate some more. Hydrating should be at the core of your skincare routine. Nobody wants dry, itchy skin. We all want naturally, glowing skin. However, as we age, our skin begins to dry out more easily. This dryness can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, itchiness, cracking, and even bleeding. When our clients first visit us at our Skin Health Experts Clinic, they often think their dry skin simply needs a better moisturizer. And while moisturizers help keep skin hydrated, what actually helps alleviate symptoms and signs of skin dehydration isn’t moisturization. It’s hydration.
What’s the difference? Hydration utilizes water-based ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid to pump skin full of water which smooths out lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, moisturization utilizes thicker lipids to lock in hydration .
As Skin Health Experts, we know that adding hydration as a skincare step in your daily regimen is the single most impactful change you can make for replenishing skin. An oxygen facial treatment – like the DermalQuench™ Oxygen Treatment at our clinic - works to improve the elastin of skin to diminish visible premature aging such as dry skin and wrinkles. At-home oxygen facial treatments like our DermalQuench Liquid Lift® Advanced Wrinkle Treatment use clinical grade ingredients like rare botanical extracts, Hyaluronic Acid, and Kate's patented HydraFill Complex, to provide instant results for more youthful-looking skin. Additionally, because no recovery time is needed, an oxygen facial can be performed on any skin type the day before a special event (or on your daily Zoom calls for work) for a quick skin refresh!
2. Avoid Skin Irritants
There are two ways that your skin ages: Intrinsically and extrinsically. Genes cause extrinsic skin aging, and while it cannot be avoided, it can be treated. Intrinsic skin aging, on the other hand, is caused by environmental irritants and lifestyle. Irritants like sun exposure, smoking, and alcohol all take a toll on the health of your skin. Alcohol often causes inflammation by bringing the blood up to the tissue of your skin . In comparison, nicotine reduces blood flow to the surface . Avoiding nicotine and alcohol when possible is an excellent way to preserve healthy skin.
Aside from diet, one of the most effective ways you can protect your skin's health is to shield it from harmful UV rays. Sun damage is fast-acting and excessive sun exposure can lead to premature aging skin. Too much sun exposure allows these harmful rays to penetrate the inner layers of your skin, which damage your skin cells, causing them to die or potentially develop skin cancer . Investing in an effective sunscreen like our UncompliKated SPF Setting Spray is a simple, no-fuss way to defend your skin from sun damage and simplify your makeup routine. This SPF 50 face sunscreen spray works to instantly set makeup and reduce shine while also providing a matte finish. To maintain younger-looking skin, invest in a sunscreen for your daily skincare routine.
3. Invest in Anti-Aging Skincare
With age, the health of your skin often suffers. Damaged and dead skin cells are not replaced by new ones as quickly, causing your skin to look blotchy, dull, and aged . To ensure that your skin stays its youthful, glowing self, invest in anti-aging skincare products.
Anti-aging skincare utilizes powerful ingredients that are proven to combat signs of aging skin. Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, and Polyglutamic Acid are well known age fighting ingredients and can help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, while also providing your skin with essential vitamins and nutrients. With age also comes a decrease in collagen production and reduced skin elasticity resulting in wrinkles and stubborn fine lines. You can try out Kate Somerville's anti-aging and rejuvenating skincare products to help improve the look of aging skin.
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4. Apply Antioxidants
Antioxidants are one of the best secrets to youthful skin. Antioxidants like rice bran, rosemary leaf, and lupin seed help maintain skin firmness while protecting your skin from free radical damage. For an all-purpose, skin-restoring treatment, try Kate's Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment. Clinically formulated to strengthen and refresh skin, it works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and provide all-day skin protection.
Say Hello to Younger Looking Skin
Now that you've discovered how to keep skin looking young, it's time to incorporate some of these practices into your daily routine. Does your skin need more advanced protection from the sun's UV rays? If so, it may be time to invest in a high SPF sunscreen. Or, if your skin needs an extra boost of hydration, add a DermalQuench to your daily skincare regimen. Remember, when choosing skincare products, it's essential to curate a skincare collection that works best for your skin type and top skin concerns. If you're unsure what's causing your skin type to look or feel aged, consult a dermatologist.
You can also book a Clinic On Call consultation with one of our trusted Skin Health Experts. These 60 minute virtual sessions bring the power of the clinic to the comfort of home where you can ask questions, address skin concerns, and walk away with clarity and recommendations for how to improve your regimen to maintain healthy, beautiful skin at every age.