Waking up in the morning, the first thing you do is to look at yourself in the mirror.
What do you see? Signs of aging, tired and dark eyes or a healthy glowing face?
We cannot stop the natural aging process but there are definitely some tips that help our skin look radiant and fresh.
As we grow older the signs of aging are visible on our skin and especially on our face.
The growth hormones start to slow down, so the skin cannot repair itself as it did in our 20s. We might also be dealing with dark spots, acne scars, and fine expression lines that were never there before.
I first noticed the difference in my late 20s. My skin started to look a little dull, dry and tired and the first fine lines showed up. So I thought it was about time to change some of the makeup products I have been using at that time and focus on what could cover it all up.
And that is the biggest mistake!
The key is to slow down the aging process instead of covering it up.
If you really want to see a difference and have that glowing skin back again, these are the 7 tips that you should follow.
1. Get 8 hours of sleep
Getting a full 8 hour night sleep is one of the most beneficial ways for a glowing radiant skin.
Our skin cells regenerate while we are sleeping and this process at night can be up to 3 times faster than during the day.
Our skin is more receptive to products. This is when we will get the most benefits from our anti-ageing products, such as retinols.
We produce more collagen. Collagen keeps our skin smooth and youthful. It also benefits our hair and nails.
2. Double Cleanse your face
A second round of cleansing will clean much deeper into the pores to remove any impurities and will slough away the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface.
It helps your skin to absorb better any moisturizing serums or creams you apply next.
Double cleansing each evening will also brighten any dullness.
Make sure to massage your cleanser in for a minute to remove make-up, toxins, pollution and build up.
3. Protect your skin from the sun
Spending time outdoors without protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays can add years to your looks. You may see changes to your skin, like wrinkles, age spots, loose skin and spider veins
Protecting your skin from the sun is important not only for your appearance, but your health as well.
Use sunscreen every day, even if it is cloudy outside.
Apply at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside.
Also use a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
4. Have different morning and night time skin care routines
It is important to understand that the needs or your skin from day to night are different. Your morning routine should focus on protection of your skin while your night time routine is all about repairing it.
During the day, our skin is exposed to dirt, oil production, makeup, UV rays. We need to cleanse and moisturize properly every morning with products that will protect our skin from these factors.
At night, our skin repairs and recuperates. It is important to have a good night time skin routine in order to repair any damage and prevent aging signs.
5. Don’t neglect your under eyes and neck
Our eyes and our neck reveal our age first. This is why we should treat them with extra care.
The skin around our eyes gets thinner and forms wrinkles. A deep hydration eye serum is a great solution.
Now for your neck area, applying the leftover moisturizer from your face is not enough. You can use anti-aging neck creams that contain ingredients like retinol, antioxidants, and peptides to prevent skin laxity.
6. Boost Collagen Production and Fight Lines with Retinol
Retinol helps smoothing the texture of the skin and helps diminish the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores.
You should only use retinol in your nightly skin care routine. Exposure to UV light renders the product less active, which makes the use of it less beneficial.
However, retinols can sometimes lead to redness or dryness, especially when you first start. It is important to slowly incorporate them into your skin care routine and if your skin can tolerate them you can start applying every night.
Make sure you apply retinol after your night cream.
7. Build a diet for glowing skin
What you eat has a direct impact on how your skin looks. If your diet is based on processed food, high in sugar and fat, it can show up in the form of dull skin, perhaps along with other issues like acne, dryness, oiliness, or dark under-eye circles.
Try to consume superfoods instead and your skin will glow again!
The easiest way is to start your day with a tasty smoothie.
You can add spinach or kale that are rich in vitamin K, help even out skin tone and prevent skin break outs.
Another top-notch smoothie ingredient is chia seeds. Add them into your morning meal and you will have one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help provide building blocks for healthy skin cell function and new collagen production to keep the skin foundation strong and wrinkle free.
Do not forget ginger! With its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can have a soothing effect on your skin.
All in all, it is never to late to incorporate all these habits to your everyday routine.
Your skin will probably become less forgiving as you get older so give it the treatment it requires starting from today. Even if you have a very busy schedule, make sure you find time during the day for your self care and you will get that glowing skin back again!