Yes, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. And yes, most of us probably don’t go out as much as we used to. Inevitably we’re going to go out and be subject to the sun’s rays, smog or pollution (yes, its still out there), dry air, and a host of other experiences that are going to be a problem for our skin. After all, we are trying to keep our skin as moist and as wrinkle-free as possible. Here are some tips that’ll get you started in the right direction:
Start With Exfoliating
Though most of us are now in sunny weather, there’s still a few of us that are coming off long months of frigid winter blues. It’s time to prep our skin for the sunny days ahead. Exfoliating is an excellent start to a “smooth, plump skin” regiment. According to dermatologists, exfoliation should occur when your skin is extra dry, and using a gentle exfoliating cleanser will slough off the dead skin and unblock your pores, improving circulation and resulting in the better absorption of moisturizers. You can use an exfoliating brush, sponge, or glove. A brush is going to be a little harsher than a sponge or glove, and if you have sensitive skin, using a brush might not be a great idea. If you do use a brush, make short, light strokes on your skin. Exfoliate for about 30 seconds and then rinse off with lukewarm water. How often you exfoliate will depend on your skin type, but generally speaking, exfoliating one or two times a week is enough.
Drinking plenty of water during the day will help your skin look great. The skin is the biggest organ in the body and, like any other part of the body, is made up of cells, which in turn are made up of water. If you don’t drink enough water, the skin will turn dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin is less resilient and more prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Drinking enough water is vital since the skin is the last of the organs to reap the benefits. Hydration, however, is not just about drinking enough water. You need to hydrate the outside of your skin as well. Using a quality product containing hyaluronic acid before you apply moisturizer is a way to help hydrate your skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin and holds 1,000 times its weight in water, therefore attracting water to the skin and keeping it there. It helps retain moisture in our skin and joints and also prevents it from evaporating into the air. Just like collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases as we get older but you can stimulate the production of HA by eating fruits and veggies with lots of antioxidants.
Get That Sleep
Sleep is the time when the body recuperates. A miserable night’s sleep can cause swollen eyes, paler skin, hanging eyelids, drooping edges of the mouth, and dark circles around the eyes. Lack of sleep can negatively affect your overall health and cognitive awareness and lead to lower alertness and concentration. The National Sleep Foundation (www.thensf.org) recommends seven to nine hours of sleep for young and middle aged adults, and seven to eight hours for older adults. Less than that can increase the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark circles under the eyes. During sleep, your body delivers fluid to the organs and tissues while removing excess fluids from other areas. Disturbing this process is a reason people have eye bags (pockets of fluid), increased levels of inflammation, and stress hormones.
Spring Clean Your Tools
It’s a good idea to clean your makeup brushes regularly. Unwashed brushes harbor bacteria that can cause acne breakouts, and the constant build-up can wear on the bristle and ruin them over time. Cleaning should take place every few weeks. Wash your brush like you wash your hair. Soak the fibers, then lather it in mild shampoo and rinse. Point the brush downward and keep the bristles in one direction as you gently roll the fibers around in your fingertips. To dry the brushes, press the water out and lay it on the edge of the sink or towel.
Use A Good Silicone Product
Spring can lead to skin dryness and loss of collagen. Using a good quality silicone pad to hydrate the skin and help get rid of the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines can go a long way in helping you feel and look great. Silicone pads — such as the medical grade pads made by SilcSkin — increase the production of collagen in the skin, thereby hydrating the skin and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. The SilcSkin pads are made for specific areas of the body. The award-winning Decollette Pad, for example, is designed for the chest. The Collette Pad is made for the neck, and the Facial Pads (The Brow, Multi-Area, Eye, and Full face Set) are made for the various contours of the face and target the areas around the eyes, the mouth, the smile lines, and the forehead. There are many companies manufacturing silicone pads for wrinkles, but not all of them are created equal or do a great job. When choosing your pads, look for thick, clear looking silicone. Companies opting to use China, and other foreign countries to process their silicone and manufacture their pads may compromise on quality control as a result. SilcSkin silicone pads are made in the USA using a platinum curing process that eliminates residue in the silicone. They also have a soft hand creme to help with dry skin on the hands, although it can also be used for the elbows, under the arms and legs, and around the knees.