You can age gracefully and naturally without surgery — and without spending a fortune on exotic products that chip away at your savings account instead of your wrinkles. Before you opt for a more invasive skin-care approach, try these five surgery-free tips that won’t stop time but will slow down the clock.
Peptides are found in many skin care products to treat wrinkles. They work by telling your skin to make more collagen. Peptides actually trick your skin into thinking it was damaged, so it begins to work to replace lost collagen. Additionally, they deliver copper to your skin. Copper is an agent in skin healing, and copper peptides may act as antioxidants for more natural healing and regeneration, in addition to promoting collagen production. When it’s all said and done, peptides may be all you need to add to your skin care regimen for a more youthful appearance.
Vitamin C proves its super-nutrient status time and again. In addition to being an essential immunity booster, it may promote collagen formation and act as an antioxidant and neutralize free radicals in the skin when applied topically. All together, these factors help limit the signs of aging and maintain a firmer and younger-looking appearance.
Look for formulas that contain L-ascorbic acid, which is the form that is most usable by your body, in concentrations of at least 10 percent. Vitamin C degrades in the light, so also look for serums and creams that are in tinted containers.
Another popular topical is vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin known for its ability to improve the appearance of skin, helping to smooth away wrinkles, fine lines and rough spots. A variety of derivatives, such as retinol and Retin-A, are used as anti-aging treatments, as well as acne treatments.
Of course, discuss any new skin treatment approach with your dermatologist, especially if it involves working new supplements into your daily routine.
Go for the spa approach
If at-home treatments aren’t quite what you have in mind, look into microdermabrasion — an anti-aging treatment that requires a light chemical peel. It’s not a natural approach, but it is a non-invasive option that doesn’t require any recovery time.
Though this tip does not include a new moisturizer or supplement, it may be just as effective. Working up a good sweat a few times a week is a great way to detoxify the body — including the skin, which it helps keep clear and refreshed. Additionally, increasing your blood flow helps keep cells healthy, providing oxygen and nutrients each time you get your heart rate up and your blood pumping.
It almost goes without saying, but drinking water is one of the best ways to put your youngest face forward. Drinking at least eight glasses of water throughout the day helps keep your skin hydrated and looking its best.