Anti-Aging Skincare Tips

Your skin doesn’t have to show your age. An ounce of prevention goes a long way when it comes to skincare. Check out these easy and inexpensive ways to continue putting your best face forward.

1. Get Enough Sleep

It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Getting about eight hours of sleep a night is essential for a healthy lifestyle and healthy skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re likely to see dark circles or bags under your eyes. Your skin may also look puffy, washed-out or saggy. None of that sounds very youthful, does it?

Sleep deprivation also causes your body to produce more of a hormone called cortisol. If you have a high level of cortisol, it can affect your appearance and lead to serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. So, make sure you catch those zzz’s.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is important. After all, about 60 percent of your body is water. It helps your body function and plays a major role in the appearance of your skin.

Think of your skin as being like a sponge. When you fill it with water, it plumps up and all those little creases and crevices disappear. When it dries out, it gets flat and shriveled up. The same thing happens with your skin. When you’re well hydrated, your skin looks plump, dewy and fresh.

The two most common recommendations for drinking enough water are:

1. The 8×8 rule. Drink eight, 8 oz. glasses of water a day.
2. The half your body weight rule. Divide your body weight by half and drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you would drink 50 oz. of water a day.

3. Use Sunscreen

Preventing sun damage is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy. Sun exposure can dehydrate you, cause age spots, give you “leathery” skin and, in the worst case, cause skin cancer. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day — even when you’re not outside. It may surprise you to hear that the rays that cause long-term skin damage, and possibly even cancer, can penetrate windows.

4. Apply Retinol

Even if you take great care of your skin, your cells will become damaged with age. This is where retinol comes in. Applying it a couple of times per week turns old damaged cells into new fresh ones.

And as you get older you also lose collagen. A good retinol regimen helps you retain some of that collagen to lessen the appearance of volume loss and wrinkles. Retinols come in different strengths for different skin types. So you’ll need an aesthetic partner to help design the right retinol routine for your skin.

5. Consult with a Skincare Expert

If all skin were the same, there would only be one cleanser, one beauty cream, and so on. But if you’ve walked down the cosmetics aisle of any store recently, you know that’s not the case. Just like every other part of you, your skin is unique. That’s why an individualized skin care regimen is so important.

An aesthetic partner can help you get to know your skin and what it needs. They can help you sort through the plethora of products out there and guide you to the ones that will work best for you. They can also help you navigate the changes that naturally occur as you age, and provide you with anti-aging procedure options – including both non-surgical treatments and cosmetic surgical options.

Emory Aesthetic Center Spa

The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa offers a range of services designed to improve skin health and beauty. Our non-surgical treatments can be successfully performed alone, or used to complement more in-depth anti-aging procedures, either as a skin preparation or as maintenance. Our talented, licensed aestheticians are available to help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures and products are right for you. If you’re ready to look your best, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians today.

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