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Look as young as you feel

So many creams, so many lotions and potions. Everyone has the answer to maintaining [skin's] fountain of youth. But how much is hype, and what actually works? And what should we be doing right now?



Dr. Tricia Cherry, a California esthetician offers 10 skincare tips:

 

  1. Drink one glass of water an hour. Water is important for the skin because it flushes toxins.
  2. Avoid sugar, salt, preservatives, alcohol, and nicotine because they are destructive for the skin.
  3. Eating a balanced diet full of veggies, fruits, and other fiber rich foods is essential for glowing skin. Have breakfast everyday to look and feel more vibrant.
  4. Exercise and sweat for rosy cheeks. Exercise increases blood flow, which provides more oxygen to the skin.
  5. Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
  6. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize daily with quality skincare products.
  7. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
  8. Use day and night time serums, which increase the efficacy of other skincare products.
  9. Do not cherry pick when it comes to skincare products. Pick a system and stick with it to maximize benefits. Mixing and matching could dilute the effectiveness of your skincare products.
  10. If you do not have a balanced diet, take a daily multi vitamin. The following vitamins are essential for skin health:
  • Vitamin A reduces enlarged pores and blemishes
  • Vitamin B prevents dry patches and sallow skin
  • Vitamin C helps create firmer skin
  • Vitamin E prevents a tired looking complexion by bringing oxygen to the skin.

Skincare products that are worth it

Lucky for us, there are a lot of very effective skincare products out there. Unfortunately, there are just as many ineffective ones. On a recent product research mission, we tested dozens, and came across some legitimate gems.

Did you ever think your morning coffee contained the ingredients of sexy skin forever? Well, pretty close! "Coffeeberry is a new antioxidant found in a topical regimen, RevaleSkin. It is apparently the most potent antioxidant ever tested in skincare products and has shown some interesting promise with pigmentation and collagen formation," says Joel Schlessinger MD, president, American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery as well as president of LovelySkin.com.

"At home" beauty regimens usually seem like the perfect choice. But are these do-it-yourself skincare treatments always the best option? Dr. Deborah Sherman, an oculoplastic surgeon, recommends that before starting any at home regimen you should first see a facial aesthetic physician to evaluate skin health and discuss treatment goals. In some cases a non-invasive procedure may a better way to get the results you are looking for.

What about a good workout? Facercise, authored by Carole Maggio, a skin care specialist, is a method of facial exercises that can restore elasticity to our faces, resulting in a more natural mobility. According to Facercise, through proper facial exercises, one can strengthen and develop the facial muscles so that the face is actually restructured to achieve an improved, younger look. Just as a body builder can develop particular muscles in his or her body, a particular facial feature can be developed and accentuated by performing a specific facial exercise.

The important message is, of course, always take care of your skin if you want it to look good and take care of you. Starting with, get out of the sun. "Skin is very sensitive to sunlight, and too much sun exposure accumulated over the years can have lasting consequences, such as premature skin aging, irreversible skin damage and skin cancer," explains dermatologist Dr. Craig Eichler, fellow of the Academy of Dermatology and skin cancer/sun damage expert. "The most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, is often the result of cumulative sun exposure, though we sometimes see cases in teenagers and young adults." Drink pure water, use natural, quality products, and be vigilant. Classic beauties like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly had skin that withstood the test of time, you can too. Just lead a happy, healthy life.
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