Most people take their skin for granted when they’re young. Whether that means forgetting to take makeup off at the end of the day, shrugging off sunscreen as unimportant, or never using moisturizer, it’s so easy to forget that skin will one day start to show signs of aging. Wrinkling and sagging skin can start much earlier than you might think—many women and men in their early thirties are already starting to notice the beginnings of skin aging. It’s not possible to keep aging at bay completely, but by using the right skin products, you can make a difference, and even slow down the rate of aging in some cases. So how do you choose the right products for a younger you? Here are some tips for making good choices among the vast number of different products on the market.
Know What Your Skin Needs
Before you can make informed decisions about your skin products, you should know what it needs to stay youthful and healthy. As we age, the structural proteins that give our skin its firmness and youth begin to deplete. Collagen is the most important of these substances, and while the amount of collagen the body creates will slow down over time, it can be encouraged to produce more by using the right products and keeping the skin healthy or with professional skin treatments.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it takes a beating on a daily basis from a variety of environmental and lifestyle factors. In order to keep it in great shape for years to come, you’ll need to consider what could be affecting your skin, from your diet to the free radicals that cause skin oxidation and damage. Antioxidants are ingredients found in many skin products that fight these free radicals and help the skin maintain a smooth and youthful complexion.
When choosing your products, it’s important to know which items you’ll actually need for healthy skin. There are so many creams, serums, and cleansers out there, it’s enough to confuse anyone! However, you don’t really need that many products for healthy skin. For a basic routine, be sure to pamper your skin with:
- A cleanser
- A sunscreen
- A moisturizer—day/night cream
You might also want to add a few additional products, like an eye cream or lip treatment. These delicate areas can benefit from extra pampering to help prevent aging.
One of the most important tips for choosing skincare products is to choose formulas made with all-natural ingredients. Many drugstore and medical brand products are chock full of chemicals that can be harmful to your body. Instead, choose a formula that relies on natural ingredients and focuses on skin powerhouses: antioxidants, peptides, and moisturizers.
Skip the Drugstore
Though you can find some good quality products in the drugstore, they’re simply not as powerful as medical grade products. With that said, it’s important to choose the right medical grade products to avoid wasting money on creams that won’t help your skin renew and rejuvenate—or on formulas not based on natural ingredients. Iridesse, developed by Dr. Ruth Hillelson, is scientifically formulated to help increase collagen production, fight free radicals, and improve skin elasticity.
You Can’t Fix it All Later
If you think that it will be easy to fix your skin later in life with professional skin treatments or plastic surgery, think again. While these treatments can produce dramatic improvement, they will be much more successful if you commit to proper skincare throughout your life. If you want to be the envy of all with your glowing skin as you age, be prepared for some strategic skincare. That doesn’t mean your skincare routine has to be difficult—in fact, the right products will do most of the work for you. You just have to use them on a consistent basis, and supplement your products with a healthy lifestyle.
Need Supplemental Treatments?
Now, just because you can’t fix all damage to the skin with professional skin treatments, that doesn’t mean that they’re not worthwhile. In fact, supplementing your products with skin treatments can help you retain a youthful appearance, and slow down the aging process even further.
Need information on your options for skin treatments, or just want to learn more about the best medical grade skin products? Call American Self and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ruth Hillelson. Dr. Hillelson is the creator of the Iridesse skincare line, and has dedicated her life to researching skin, skincare products, and skin aging. Call 804.290.0060 today to make an appointment with Dr. Hillelson in Richmond, VA!