File These: The Most Important Anti-Aging Skin Tips
“I want to look older than I am,” said no one ever. So how do you preserve youthful good looks in light of aging aggressors such as sun exposure, pollution and stress? If you want to stave off the signs of aging in your skin for as long as possible, we’ve got some tips to help you achieve that. Read on to find out how you can fight the good fight against time with a few skin care tricks and lifestyle changes.
1. Determine Your Skin Type
Having the right skin care routine is the first step in anti-aging and a way to ensure your skin will look great for years to come. First, start by finding out what type of skin you have. Is your skin consistently greasy across your entire face with possible blemishes in the T-zone area? You likely have oily skin. Are your cheeks normal but your T-zone area is more prone to oiliness? You probably have combination skin. Is your skin extremely prone to breakouts and reactive to products? It’s probable that you have sensitive skin. Does your skin feature flakiness and feel tight to the touch? Your skin may be dry. If your skin is blemish-free and feels good without any external symptoms, you likely have normal skin. Keep your skin type in mind when shopping for products and consulting with a dermatologist about your skin’s needs.
2. Find the Right Cleanser and Moisturizer For You
After determining your skin type, you can now move on to find the right cleanser for you. Oily skin requires a gentle yet cleansing wash like Garnier Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser Mask that won’t dry out the skin and encourage more oil production. Dry skin calls for a creamy cleanser that removes dirt but does not strip the skin. Combination can be a little tricky. Your instinct may be to get two cleansers and use them separately on the dry and oily part of your face. But this method leaves room for overlap — not to mention draining your time every morning — so we recommend you get a face wash formulated for combination or all skin types. We like Garnier All-in-1 Cleansing Micellar Water for combination skin. It can help regulate oil production in your T-zone while hydrating the drier parts of your face. For sensitive skin use a gentle non-rinse cleanser with fewer ingredients, no parabens and no fragrance, like Garnier The Sulfate-Free Gentle Cleanser. For normal skin use a gentle cleanser to maintain your skin’s natural barrier function and moisture levels.
Now that your skin is clean you can move onto the next step. For oily skin you may want to use a toner before you apply moisturizer to remove any leftover oil and regulate your PH level. Follow with a lightweight, non-clogging, oil-free moisturizer like Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer. Dry skin begs for a slightly thicker hydrating cream like Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Antioxidant Super Moisturizer. For combination skin use an oil-free moisturizer that hydrates. Sensitive skin types can use a lightweight cream that is fragrance and alcohol-free, like Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion Fragrance Free. Normal skin types need a gentle light moisturizer to maintain natural balance and restore hydration. Cleansing and moisturizing are the first essential steps in skin care, make sure to do both every morning and evening for flawless looking skin.
3. Limit Sun Exposure
Nothing damages your skin more than sun exposure — up to 90 percent of skin aging can be attributed to it. You should always apply a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher every single day at the end of your skin care routine. You should also wear sunglasses and a hat to further protect your skin and prevent fine lines. If you are outside for an extended period of time make sure to reapply throughout the day, especially if you are exercising or in the water.
4. Watch What Your Eat
Anti-aging isn’t just about what you put onto your skin but also what you put in your body. A healthy diet should be full of leafy greens, citrus fruits, berries and lean protein with Omega-3s. This will help your skin look supple and younger.
Our bodies are mostly made up of water so it’s important to consume water on a throughout the day to maintain ideal moisture levels.
6. Incorporate Antioxidants In Your Life
Antioxidants reduce the free radicals that form in the body, which are known to accelerate the aging process. Free radicals are caused by a variety of factors including sun exposure, diet and pollution. Try to use products with Vitamin A, C or E like this Vitamin C-infused SPF to neutralize these free radicals on the surface of your skin.
Exercise pumps up your body’s circulation, which in turn increases blood flow, which can give skin a radiant glow.
8. Sleep More Stress Less
Our skin regenerates when we sleep. Head to bed wearing a nourishing night cream like Garnier Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream to take advantage of the time your body takes to restore itself. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night to get the best results for your skin.