Last week I made an amazing, yet very SAD discovery.
Mother Nature left a little mark on me in the form of a wrinkle.
I was looking in the rearview window and noticed it and of course, tried to wipe it away. Then after a few minutes I realized it wasn’t going away or could it?
So off I started on my search for the fountain of youth to find out what I could do today to make a difference now and hopefully tomorrow as well.
Starting from the inside out, here’s what I found can help or at least in the words of Cher, “If I could turn back time.”
WATER, WATER ALL AROUND
Water is the answer for almost everything and when it comes to skin there’s nothing better.
Think of a raisin…with water, your skin looks like a grape. Without it, it looks like a raisin. Which one do you want your skin to look like? Most people don’t even drink their recommended water intake. Roughly to find your water intake you want to multiply your weight by 2/3 or 67 percent. If you weight 100 pounds, you need 67 oz water. If you’re 200 pounds, you need around 130 oz. Of course, the environment, your exercise habits, alcoholic intake impacts your intake requirements. Just remember, you need about 2, 2 liters of water a day. Don’t like water or need a little help to drink more? Check out this post on “How to Get your H2O!
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Veggies and fruit aren’t just good for your diet, but for your skin, too. When it comes to our skin we want to be an ace – meaning we want to make sure we are getting our Vitamins A, C & E.
They contain antioxidants that fight off the free radicals, aka the environmental toxins that’s in the air, in what we eat, and all around us. They also fight off our cancer risk and have several healthy benefits.
TOMATOES contain the antioxidant LYCOPENE which helps your skin cells work at their optimal rate.
Eat at least 1/2 cup of cooked tomatoes a day.
BLUEBERRIES contain the antioxidant POLYPHENOLS, that helps to protect your skin and maintain elasticity and vibrancy. Plus polyphenols also help prevent memory problems.
Eat one or more 1/2-cup servings daily.
KALE contains the antioxidant LUTEIN to help prevent aging and contains iron.
Eat two or more 1/2-cup servings of kale or other greens a day.
RED PEPPERS contains the antioxidant BIOFLAVANOIDS to moisturize and heal the skin.
Eat two or more 1/2-cup servings a day of red peppers, carrots, beets, or similarly colored veggies.
PUT IT ON THICK
The cosmetic and beautycare makes up a multibillion dollar industry and it’s full of products that claim to turn back time. Whatever your price point you need to remember all skin care routines need to really consist of four steps:
And you have to make sure to put on the sunscreen! I love SUPERGOOP – it’s sunscreen, anti-aging serum and moisturizer in one.
Some do and some don’t, but these products give you both instant and long-term results just like having a spa at home.
Clarisonic: Mia 2 $199
Cleans 6X Better than hands or Washcloth
Smoother more Radiant Skin
Can Be used with your favorite Cleanser
All skin types
Helps Reduce Pores and treat Acne Prone Skin
Various Brush Heads depending on Skin Needs
2 yr Mfg Warranty
PMD: Personal Microderm $179
Exfoliates while Leaving you with the appearance of Smoothier and more Radiant Skin
Evens Skin Tone
Helps Shrink Pores
Helps Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Lancer: MicroCurrent Power Boost $250
Helps Maintain a Firm, Refined and Luminous Complexion
Easy for Travel
5 Minutes Instant Smoothness
Boost collagen, optimize cell function while renew and rejuvenate skin
LaPrairie: Essence of Skin Caviar $140
Helps Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles on the Upper and Lower Eye Lid
Can be used under Eyeshadow as a Primer
Smoothes Crows Feet
Lancom: Visionnaire 1 Minute BLUR
Instant Skin Perfector
Smoothes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Can be used with or Without makeup
Aides in longer foundation wear
Perricone MD “OVM” Anti Aging $165
OVM- highest Cosmetic Concentration of Retinol
Anti-Aging – Helps Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles leaving with you with the appearance of youthful skin
Using a silk or satin pillow instead of a cotton pillow can help fight off sleep induced wrinkles and even keep your hair in check! The fibers in many of them have copper, which is a proven mineral to minimize aging skin. Since cotton absorb moisture, it not only wipes off that moisturizer you just put on, but takes out all the moisture you want your skin to keep while you sleep.
It’s Gonna Be a Bright, Sunshiny day
Want to appear you’ve taken off a few years before you leave for the day? Then wear brighter colors. While I have a closet full of black and it makes me feel thinner, the color actually causes a harsh contrast in the skin making your skin appear to be more dull and less vibrant. But adding color into your wardrobe, it appears you have a more youthful look. Even if it’s a necklace, cardigan or scarf, a small change can make a big difference in looking younger! Also by changing up those accessories to more trendier pieces, you can make that black dress you’ve been wearing for 10 years and your skin look runway ready.
Say goodbye to wrinkled skin!