Tired of falling for every new list of anti-aging skincare tips? From sticky strawberry-whipped cream facials to uncomfortable yoga headstands.
It’s enough to make you wonder: as we age, can we really do anything to preserve (much less restore) a youthful complexion?
Yes, absolutely! So as you design your own skincare regimen, keep the following tips in mind.
Tip #1: Accept that your genes play a big role.
First and foremost, when it comes to anti-aging skincare tips, genes matter.
Covering a surface area of 16-22 square feet, skin is your body’s largest organ. And its vitality as you age depends a lot on heredity. In fact, a 2009 study of identical twins found that skin aging is 60% genetic.
For example, you inherit the rate at which your skin cells replicate, how quickly they recover from damage, and how much collagen they make.
Here’s a simple explanation of the science involved. We all have sequences of DNA (called telomeres) attached to the ends of our chromosomes. It turns out we can inherit better or worse telomeres. If you’re lucky enough to inherit longer sequences, you are likely to enjoy healthy-looking skin much longer than if you inherit short sequences.
Tip #2: Other hereditary factors impact how skin ages.
Researchers have discovered a few other fascinating secrets to a youthful face.
A baby face helps. Large round eyes, round cheeks, a large curved forehead, a small jaw, and a small, short nose – this facial structure correlates to looking younger longer.
High cheekbones offer an advantage. As we age, our face droops. High cheekbones actually provide a skeletal support that helps keep skin taut and facial features in place.
Olive-to-darker skin tone is a plus. That’s because darker skin has more melanin, which can also help preserve youthful skin much longer.
Tip #3: Gender matters when it comes to anti-aging skincare tips.
No doubt about it, guys have the advantage when it comes to how their skin ages.
For starters, their face has a tighter network of fatty tissue and elastin fibers. That gives their skin more strength and elasticity.
In addition, male skin makes more collagen, that amazing protein that contributes to a smoother, tighter, more wrinkle-free complexion.
Put it all together and you can see that a man’s face does a much better job of looking young. That means no-fuss male skincare is possible.
Tip #5: Take advantage of Vitamin C.
For years beauty experts have recognized the age-defying power of vitamin C. A few cosmetic companies have even created products that incorporated the ingredient.
Unfortunately, they all proved disappointing because chemists could not find a way to keep vitamin C fresh for more than a few weeks.
La Vie en C Skincare has solved that problem with its long-lasting, ultra-active “stabilized vitamin C” (as ascorbic acid).
Their Facial Cleanser and Moisturizing Serum also blend in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential oils. The result: 100% pure, hydrating, collagen-boosting facial formulas that infuse your skin with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and radiant.
Therefore, utilizing the benefits of stabilized vitamin C is one of the major contributions you can make to better-looking skin!
Tip #6: Consume antioxidants to fight the effects of free radicals.
It’s a fact: the sun’s UV rays give rise to free radicals, which degrade your skin cells. That’s why free radicals lead to visible signs of aging.
It’s also a fact that antioxidants combat the effects of free radicals. So eat foods rich in these restorative compounds – foods that can actually deactivate free radicals before they can attack skin cells. These foods include blueberries, dark chocolate, artichokes, cherries, beans, dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, and walnuts.
Furthermore, prepare the foods intelligently. Eating them raw maximizes antioxidant intake. Don’t peel. And minimize chopping.
Finally, don’t forget about beverages that are rich in antioxidants. Green tea, cranberry juice, cherry juice, coffee, and red wine to name a few. And matcha tea (a type of green tea made from powdered tea leaves) is a particularly rich source of antioxidants!
Tip #7: Minimize stress.
Here’s one of the most under-reported of all anti-aging skincare tips! Stress elevates the cortisol level in your blood. Cortisol is a stress hormone that breaks down collagen, weakening your skin and creating visible signs of aging.
So find ways to decompress. Take a yoga class. Get a massage. Laugh with a friend. Not only will it clear your mind, it will improve your complexion.
Tip #8: Tobacco definitely contributes to premature skin aging.
Smoking impairs blood circulation and triggers DNA damage, making your skin more vulnerable to aging and disease.
Interestingly, studies show that if a smoker quits, his or her complexion can regain a more youthful appearance in about nine months.
Tip #9: Consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
The natural loss of estrogen that accompanies menopause certainly changes a woman’s skin. Cellular regeneration slows, and older facial skin cells lose moisture as well as elasticity.
Bioidentical HRT can be a safe, more natural way to maintain hormone activity and combat the visible signs of aging. One study found that after 16 weeks of this treatment, collagen had significantly increased in facial skin, resulting in improved texture and firmness – with no adverse effects reported. As a result, it might be worth considering.
You Can Do It!
It’s been said that at age 20 you have the skin that nature gave you. And by 50 you have the skin that you deserve. So take charge. Establish the right skincare regimen for your skin type. And don’t forget the value of relaxed happiness. It will give your face an incomparable glow!