How to Keep Your Twenty Something Skin
In this article you'll learn:
1. How to battle stress and save your skin
2. Why exercise is a key to skin health
3. How cigarettes and alcohol age your skin
4. Why sleep keeps you young looking
5. That the best time to begin moisturizing is now
6. Antioxidants can help skin stave off damage
7. Why SPF is the single best thing you can do to delay skin aging
The key to young looking skin is to preserve it in its prime — in your 20s and younger. This way, you don’t have to go frantically searching for the fountain of youth when crows feet show up in your 30s and older.
Skincare, at its best, is preventative. The moisturizer and SPF you apply today will reap benefits — much like an interest-bearing money market account. Here's how to keep your face looking young:
1. Manage your stress — just say “no”
We run ourselves into the ground saying yes to everybody and everything, be it family, spouses, or careers. The additional stress can send cortisol pumping through your nervous system and cause inflammation, making you susceptible to premature aging, bags, dark under eyes — or worse.
Thing is, saying “no” isn’t always easy, but learning to say it is an important part of managing your stress. Here are some tips:
- Don't be afraid to use the word “No,” and don’t employ vague substitutes like "I'm not sure" or "I don't think I can” — people will think that means you’re a possible “yes.”
- Be brief. State your reason for refusing the request, but avoid too much explanation. Just be clear and decisive.
- Be honest. The truth is always the best way to turn down a friend, family member or co-worker.
But the good news is that if you’re a perpetual “yes” person, there are products that can address the negative effects produced by cortisol. The retinol in our Night Cream helps support collagen production, and the hyaluronic acid in our Vital Morning Cream moisturizes at a deep cellular level. Both repair damage that stress-related inflammation and a life of “always yes” can cause.
This is an obvious one. Improved blood flow more effectively delivers vital nutrients to the body’s cells while also removing toxins more efficiently.
Try to exercise regularly using these tips:
- Plan a reasonable workout schedule and program reminders into your phone.
- Find small ways to reward yourself when you follow your exercise plan. Drop a dollar into a jar after every workout and watch the money grow.
What’s easier than working out? Here’s one: Fortifying the skin barrier with hyaluronic acid, which is the key moisturizing ingredient in our morning cream.
3. No drinky no smoky
Butts and booze are bad news for your skin: smoking narrows the blood vessels, which limits the amount of oxygen your skin gets, increases the production of free radicals, and lowers levels of vitamin A in the skin.
And all that pursing your lips around a cigarette can develop vertical wrinkles around the mouth. Not a good look — and avoidable.
Same with drinking booze. Alcohol stunts the production of the hormone that helps the body to hold onto water — that’s why it’s a diuretic. It leads to dehydration, and when your skin is dehydrated, it loses plumpness, and fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent.
Try regular hydration with hyaluronic acid — it's in our Active Recovery Hydro-Gel.
Check this blog post on how alcohol affects your skin.
4. Get plenty of snooze
It’s a bummer looking 40 at 29, but lack of sleep, which raises your cortisol levels, can do that. Cortisol triggers inflammation and breaks down the proteins that keep your skin smooth and glowing. The results, dark under eyes and bags — that “tired” look — adds years to your face. Try these tips for some snooze:
- Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening — and no heavy meals before bedtime.
- Go to bed and wake up about the same time each day.
- Don’t drink alcohol to help you unwind. Try a warm bath or breathing exercises instead.
- Read before bed, just not on a computer or tablet that emits sleep-inhibiting light.
- If noise is a problem, use earplugs or a white-noise machine.
Of course, the eye cream can help with the dark under eyes and the bags. It’s got kojic acid, which stunts the production of melanin and evens the skin tone and fades dark spots — it’s often referred to as a skin “lightener."
5. Start Moisturizing NOW
Moisturizing every day traps water in the skin, which can help prevent or delay the appearance of fine lines. Hyaluronic acid — the king of hydrators and the chief ingredient in our vital morning face cream— both slows the evaporation of water from your skin's barrier and makes stores of hydration available, like time-release moisture. When the skin is plump and hydrated, the chances of it cracking into fine lines decreases.
Here are some other great moisturizing options.
Do your face a solid and amp up your nutrition by eating antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts, and a varied and balanced diet. This should give optimal levels of the nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including beta carotene, vitamin E, zinc and selenium.
Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant that supports the immune system, promotes radiant skin and helps blemishes heal. It’s an ally in producing collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin. Try some:
Blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple and improving elasticity. They’re found most prevalently in avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds.
Of course, you can go with niacinamide — it’s in the eye cream, morning cream, and night cream. Try the full skincare kit and you'll get the maximum benefit of its free radical scavenging effect. That means it neutralizes free radicals by acting as a natural "off" switch and disrupts a chain reaction that would otherwise have a negative affect on other molecules in the cell.
7. Protect from sun damage
A long-term play for keeping your skin looking fresh and young is to use SPF every day — more than 90% of skin aging occurs as a result of sun damage. “Extended periods of time in the sun can jump start the proliferation of wrinkles,” said Dr. Steve. “Sun damage happens on an hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute basis.”
Try the Unisex SPF30. It's broad spectrum sunscreen with a moisturizer.
And check this blog post for the science on how UV rays alter your skin’s ability to repair itself.
Take the quick diagnostic and let’s see how we can help you keep the skin you have now.