By Carissa St. Rose
As we age, our face begins to display years of fun, stress, and our lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, this appears in the form of fine lines/wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and volume loss. While we can’t reverse the damage, we can take action to improve the complexion and age gracefully. If you don’t feel your age, why should you look it?!
Lack of sleep and aging
Collagen, elastin, and antioxidant levels increase as we sleep, so be plan on obtaining at least 7 hours of shut-eye to avoid a dull complexion with visible fine lines and wrinkles. You should also make a habit of washing your face before bed to eliminate bacteria and free radicals (environmental youth stealers!) from your skin.
Stress and aging
Increased stress levels create higher levels of cortisol in the body, which impacts our skins ability to regenerate and heal itself. Increased cortisol levels also create the perfect environment for breakouts to thrive.
Drinking/smoking and aging
An immediate effect of drinking is dehydrated skin that unveils a lackluster, dull complexion. Long-term effects include a flushed appearance, broken capillaries, and inflammation. Smoking not only creates fine lines and wrinkles in the skin, it also releases carcinogens (cancer causing agents) into the body, which worsens over time. Your face will surely be the first place to display these bad habits!
Unhealthy diet and aging
Opting for fast food and a non-nutritious diet can cause inflammation, breakouts, and a dull complexion. Your body requires nutrient rich fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats to fight wrinkles and maintain a healthy overall appearance.
Maintaining a well-balanced diet and hydration, wearing SPF daily, monitoring stress levels, and getting ample sleep are the first steps towards decreasing signs of aging (both internal and external). Treating visible signs of aging starts with implementing a daily regimen with high-quality skincare products. Below are some of my faves for an anti-aging regimen.
Collagen Stemedic Factor Serum
Firming | Hydrating
• Key ingredients: Soluble Collagen, soluble Elastin, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Tocopherol
Life Duo System
Regenerating | Protecting | Hydrating | Soothing
• Key ingredients: Trehalose
Radiant Age Defying Treatment
Preventing | Protecting | Hydrating
• Key ingredients: Palmitoyl Tripeptide 38, Arginine, Squalene, Tocopherol Acetate, Niacinamide, Lecithin
Aging can be a pleasant experience if you tackle it holistically. Committing to healthy habits, clinical facial treatments, and high-quality skincare products will ensure you decrease all signs of aging. I recommend working with an Aesthetician on a customized treatment plan to quickly achieve results, and testing out the above products to fuel your skin with nutrients. Remember, great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment!