Radiant skin is something we all covet. But as we age, the smooth, lustrous quality of our skin has a tendency to fade. Over time, we become resigned to the fact that we may never have the radiant skin that we had in our twenties.
But don’t give up hope. Radiant skin is not just reserved for the young or the genetically gifted. You can have glowing skin at any age. This article will show you how. From preventing sun damage to cleansing your system to choosing the right cosmetic products, these tips will have you enjoying a new, dazzling appearance.
1. Wear Sunscreen
Georgetown University dermatology professor Paula Bourelly, MD, sums up the importance of sunscreen nicely: “Many of the things that my patients complain about—dull skin, rough skin, uneven skin tone—are related to chronic sun exposure.”
Avoiding the sun completely is just not possible so the best solution is to wear sunscreen—even on cloudy days. Look for the words “broad-spectrum” on the bottle. This indicates that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Also make sure that the sunscreen you choose contains an SPF of 30 or higher.
2. Use A Retinoid Or Retinol Cream
Retinoids are topical or oral products derived from vitamin A that work to unclog pores, reduce acne, tighten the skin, reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen production, and lighten brown spots and freckles. Because of their potency, retinoids such as Renova, Retin-A, and Tretinoin are only available with a prescription from your doctor.
Don’t want to get a prescription? Consider the nonprescription version known as retinol. Retinol is a much gentler and slower-acting version of retinoids but still unclogs pores, reduces acne, tightens skin, reduces fine lines, stimulates collagen production, and lightens brown spots and freckles.
If you use a retinoid, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and be aware that the skin where you apply the retinoids may become dry, flaky, and red at first. If you use a product containing retinol, start slowly with a pea-sized amount and give your skin time to adjust.
3. Detox The Inside For A Better Outside
When functioning properly, your skin works to eliminate toxins from your system. When functioning improperly, those toxins become trapped and result in wrinkles, blotches, acne, and other skin conditions. A natural detox program and a healthy diet can help flush your system of toxins and allow your skin to repair itself more efficiently.
According to SheKnows.com, a simple and effective detox routine includes the following:
- Drink two cups of warm water with lemon each day to flush your system.
- Eliminate salty snacks to prevent swelling and water retention.
- Get the right nutrients every day by eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.
- Minimize intake of processed sugars.
4. Choose The Right Products
In the case of using products to improve the look of your skin, more is not always better. Using too many products can actually be detrimental to your beauty regime. Applying a wide variety of ingredients can even irritate your skin and cause more problems than they fix.
Dermatologist Jeanie Leddon describes what can happen when too many products are used: “The acid in salicylic or glycolic acid breaks down ingredients like retinol, hydroquinone, and vitamin C…” rendering their healing and reparative effects all but useless.
A simple, less complicated approach to product use is better. Leddon goes on to say that only four products are needed for healthy, glowing skin: a cleanser, a moisturizer, sunscreen, and a retinoid or retinol.
5. Give It Time
If choosing the right products is important, giving them time to work is equally as important. Complete skin repair can is not something that can be achieved in a few days, or even a few weeks. Sometimes results aren’t visible for a month or longer. Changing the products you use every few weeks can negate the beneficial effects they are having on your skin.
So don’t be too hasty to switch. Finish the entire tube or bottle before you decide to try another product. The one exception to this rule is if your experience swelling, redness, or burning. Stop using a product immediately if any of these side effects occur.
6. Get A Good Night’s Sleep
According to dermatologist Paul M. Friedman, regular sleep optimizes the natural secretion of human growth hormone which promotes cell turnover and collagen production.
Because of these two factors, sleep has a profound effect on how your skin looks. It’s during your dreaming hours that your body works to heal the damage done throughout the previous day. That’s why it’s important to get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at least 5 days per week.
7. Prevent Wrinkles
Wrinkles and blemishes break up the smooth and youthful appearance of the face, neck, and chest that we strive so hard to maintain. Fortunately, products like SiO Beauty’s Smoothing Patches can be used in conjunction with a good night’s sleep to help enhance your body’s natural reparative processes and prevent wrinkles from forming.
Simply cleanse the skin with the cleansing discs, apply the SiO Patches and get those 7-8 hours of sleep we talked about earlier.
Putting It All Together
Making changes to our skincare regime can be a difficult thing, especially if you’ve been doing it differently for a long time. To ease the transition, focus on one or two of the above suggestions until they become comfortable. When they’ve become a habit, choose one or two different suggestions and work on incorporating them into your daily activities.
As you work through this list, you’ll start to see your skin become tighter and healthier and watch as your wrinkles disappear. With a good night’s sleep, a healthy diet, and help from products like SiO Beauty’s Smoothing Patches, your skin will soon regain the radiancy you thought you’d lost for good.