The Anti-Aging Journey: What to Change, What to Do

For those of you under 30, anti-aging skincare is probably not the highest priority on your to-do list. But for those of us past 30 (and past 40, I must be honest), even if we never thought of ourselves as vain, we do glance in the mirror and wonder if we’re doing enough to keep our skin looking young for as long as possible.

I have been blessed (thanks Mom!) with good genes. Folks in my gene pool tend to look 10 or more years younger than their actual age for a long time. Even in their 80’s (we live a long time too), my family members look great. But even good genes aren’t enough, especially if you like to spend time outdoors.

Here are some anti-aging skin care tips to help you along.

Drink plenty of water. Really, it is not an old wives tale. Staying hydrated keeps your skin plump and young looking. Dehydrated skin looks dry and wrinkly. Eat right and take your vitamins. If you’re eating fast food, sweets and sodas, you’re not doing your skin any favors. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. Your waistline and your skin will thank you. Exercise. Right along with a healthy diet, exercise keeps you young–inside and out.

Use good quality skin care products. I’m sorry ladies, but soap and water are not going to make you a natural beauty. You don’t need a complicated regimen, but a cleanser and moisturizer suitable to your skin type should form the backbone of your anti-aging skin care routine. Look for anti-aging cosmetics. As we age we don’t want to look heavily made up, as if we’re trying to hide something. What you do want is simple daily make up that both enhances your skin and makes you look younger. Wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day. Preferably use one with natural sun blocking ingredients, such as zinc, and not chemical blockers.

Change your diet. Try using a diet that is very high in fats and proteins, and low in carbs. Not only is this type of diet great for your skin, but it also will help you lose body fat and gain lean muscle. The most popular of these currently is the ketogenic diet, or keto. Check TastyKeto’s list of theĀ best selling ketogenic cookbook for more.

Wash your face every night, even if you didn’t wear make up. Cosmetics, oils and environmental toxins need to be washed away before you jump into bed. Think of all the dirt, pollens and pollutants floating around in the air that have been quietly making themselves comfortable on your skin; get rid of them and prevent environmental damage to your skin.

Don’t smoke. Talk about toxic pollutants that can damage your skin. Non-smokers will always look younger than smokers.

The anti-aging journey doesn’t need to be filled with rocky roads and washed out bridges, just follow these simple, healthy tips and you can keep your youthful appearance for many years.

Tips to Avoid Summer Acne

While summer is the time of year where people look forward to the most for some rest and relaxation, what they don’t look forward to is the surge of acne breakouts. The potential of summer breakouts can be managed with a skincare routine variation.

Sweating is common during the summer months and can flare up acne — especially doing outdoor sports. Taking a swing at the golf course, peddling along a bike path or hiking on a picturesque trail can promote perspiration. Too much sweating from “fun in the sun” should be washed off immediately to avoid breakouts.

With the summer season invariably comes heat, and depending on where one vacations or lives, humidity adds another acne factor. Heat has the tendency to trigger sebaceous gland production which in turn produces oil.

Oily skin is the main reason for acne breakouts.

Trouble spots normally occur in the following areas:

  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Chest
  • Back

There is also a direct correlation between larger pores where acne breakouts may strike — the nose is one of these areas.

Washing the face with a mild cleanser both morning and night can help reduce oily skin. If facial oil begins to peak during the midday hours, one might consider doing an additional afternoon wash.

If facial skin begins to dry out, however, one might want to reduce the number of their daily cleansing regimen.

A number of skin care professionals also recommend a clay mask which has the ability to absorb oil, while others believe leaving a facial cleanser on the skin for 5 to 10 seconds before removing it.

Some skin care manufactures also offer a skin cleansing system which helps to eliminate breakouts while keeping the skin hydrated. This type of combination is ideal.

Because summertime promotes oil production, it might also be the right time to scale back on moisturizer application. Again, one needs to test the right amount in order to find the right balance.

Here are some other helpful hints to add onto the list:

Implement a nighttime skin care regimen which includes complete makeup removal

Use a mild cleanser and/or non-soap cleanser

Purchase cosmetics which are not oil-based and lean more towards mineral and/or water-based makeup

To avoid skin damage when outdoors, please use sunscreen. Those who are prone to acne may shy away from sunscreen thinking that it’s too oily but this is not the case. An oil-free, noncomedogenic sunscreen is the perfect solution.

Additionally, be careful of what you put in your body food-wise. Eating healthier leads to less acne-prone skin, that’s a fact. If you want to take things to the next level with homemade cuisine but don’t have the time, check out one of the automated machines from Sous Vide Wizard.

Finding the right skincare routine may take some time but it can be achieved — and working with a skin care professional can make the road much easier.

Skincare Tips for “Tweens”

A “tween” is usually defined as a child between the ages of 10 and 13. This is a time of transition, as the child is no longer a “little” boy or girl, but isn’t an adolescent, either.

However, it is not uncommon for the first signs of puberty to appear during the “tween” years.

These can range from the development of body odor in both boys and girls to the beginning of muscle mass formation in boys and the laying down of fat deposits in certain areas in girls. And, depending on genetics and other factors, many “tween” girls may begin menstruating during this time, and some boys may begin to mature sexually.

If your child is entering into the “tween” years, you may wonder if you really need to start worrying about skin care. When it comes to the formation of acne blemishes or other types of skin problems, you may not see this occurring to any extreme at the beginning, but that doesn’t mean your child doesn’t need to start learning a good skin routine.

If your “tween” is a boy, you may be thinking that you don’t need to read any further, because boys don’t have to be as concerned with their skin as girls. This is not true; all children need a skin care routine.

The most important element of a “tween” skin care routine is the use of sun screen. And, this applies to boys and girls. Severe sunburns suffered in childhood or early adolescents may increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.

And, even boys need a good cleansing routine. It may simply be a matter of using a mild soap and water for daily cleansing, but dirt and sweat need to be removed thoroughly and as soon as possible.

“Tween” girls may start noticing signs of oiliness or problems with blemishes. A good sin care routine can help control these problems before they get worse. In fact, properly cleansing the face may actually help alleviate the problems to some extent. Acne break-outs may be diminished, and oiliness may not be as noticeable with proper skin care.

And, it’s never too early to start moisturizing, and this, too, includes boys. The moisturizer should be lightweight so that it will not cause or contribute to oiliness. If your child participates in sports, the moisturizer should be sweat-resistant. All moisturizers should contain sun screen.

As your “tweens” mature, they will not have to worry about learning a skin care routine. They will already have one in place, and the results of it will most likely already be evident in the healthy complexion and even skin tone.

Men’s Skincare: Simple Ways to Get Men to Add Skincare to Their Daily Routine

In today’s society, not only women are purchasing skin care products. More and more men are concerned about the appearance of their skin and are seeking ways to find informative solutions to common problems like breakouts and sun damage. Everyone feels better when their skin is smooth and clean and it is never too soon to begin suggesting simple ways to add skin care as a daily routine.

As a mother and beauty specialist, I began buying products to help teach both my children (daughter and son) to cleanse their skin before they became teenagers. I will admit, even though I approached the subject of proper skin care and maintenance with thoughtful consideration, my son was a little apprehensive about having more products on his bathroom shelf to try and figure out. My daughter was easy; she likes to read about beauty products so for me, the suggestion part was taken care of.

I first purchased a variety of well known brands. I now know that, staying within one product line helps clear up skin more efficiently because all the products are designed to work together. When bigger issues surfaced like hard to manage acne, I sought out the advice of a licensed dermatologist who recommended easing into a different formula, or backing off of a certain product that might be drying, like too much benzoyl peroxide.

Grown men and young men alike want to learn ways in which to take care of their skin, but are often too intimidated to ask. My husband asks me what to use as a daily maintenance skin care regime as he still goes through periods of adult break outs. I helped him tailor his shower routine with his skincare routine and he was able to better correct and balance his skin, without hassling with too many things to do in the AM. Fortunately, skin and hair care companies have realized the need to target men and boys, and are creating great products that answer their specific hair and skincare needs.

As of late he has asked me about those little lines that are showing up around his eyes and mouth when he smiles. I showed him the products that I use and how to use them. So far, he seems pleased, and although he doesn’t go through the routine that I do each night, I find he is taking much better care of his skin, and he remembers to use an SPF dermatologist approved sunscreen.

My suggestion for anyone who has a child or significant other who are reluctant to ask about skin care products is to be open minded and suggestive with them when explaining their options. This way you have an equal exchange of information and get a good idea about what they are looking for.

Ask them if they would like to try certain products that you already have or if they are interested in talking with a skin care professional in order to develop a routine that would work best for them. Remember, not all skin types fit into a cookie cutter mold for skin care and one product may not work for everyone.

I do suggest a visit to a licensed skin care specialist, and when you are there; ask about scheduling a mini-facial with a skin analysis. This way, you have the undivided attention of someone who is excited about sharing their knowledge about skin care with you. If you have problems with your skin that they feel might be beyond their control, every professional will recommend a visit to a dermatologist.

In some circumstances you may need a more intense therapy in the form of a prescribed medication or a topical cream. In today’s society more and more males are beginning to understand the need to take better care of their skin. Proper skin care routines including the use of sunscreen are not just for women. There are simple ways to suggest to the men in your life to add a skin care as a daily routine to help improve their overall appearance.

Essential Summer Skincare Tips

Whether you’re hitting the beach or relaxing by the pool for hours on end this summer, make sure you’re taking steps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and maintaining that youthful glow! Keeping skin radiant during the warmer months is easier than the rest of the year, but too much fun in the sun can dry out your skin and also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Taking preventive measures to protect your skin from UV damage, dehydration and other effects of scorching heat can ward off skin damage signs of aging. Update your summer beauty regimen with these essential summer skincare tips:

Slather on the Sunscreen
Sun protection is a top priority during the summer months, especially if you are planning to be outdoors under the sun’s rays for more than an hour. Make sure you apply sunscreen from head to toe every day, and use makeup that’s infused with SPF for even more protection. If you’re not sure whether your makeup has any sunscreen in it, use a lightweight formula under your makeup instead. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk, $25.56 – $31.95, is a fast-absorbing product that protects skin from both UVB and UVA rays.

Exfoliate at Least Once Per Week
Dry and flaky skin may be preventing you from maintaining a healthy, radiant glow this season. Shed that layer of dead cells by exfoliating and buffing the skin at least once per week. A pair of exfoliating wash gloves are a great addition to your beauty regimen, and can be used year round to smooth out rough patches of skin and keep your skin looking healthy. Use these in the shower once or twice per week with a brown sugar body scrub like the LaLicious Moisturizing Body Scrub, Brown Sugar and Vanilla Sugar Souffle, $25.60 – $33.30, for even more skin-smoothing benefits.

Keep Skin Hydrated with Moisturizing Gel
You can do away with shea butter and heavy moisturizers during the summer season, and replace your daily moisturizer with a lightweight, scented lotion. Try a moisturizing gel to keep skin cool after a hot day in the sun, and also to infuse it with much-needed moisture. Vaseline Moisturizing Gel with Aloe, $5.03 – $18.27, is a clear and light formula that sinks deep into the pores within seconds and will give your skin a refreshing boost of hydration. If you tend to burn easily during the summer or just want to avoid heavy moisturizers this season, stick with a gel like this to keep skin soft and to restore lost moisture.