[By Willow Jin]
1. CLEANSE GENTLY
Wash your face as if it were made of silk! Use only your fingertips in gentle, circular motions, sweep cleanser upward from your neck and décolleté rather than vigorously rubbing and pulling. Your skin is not an old dish cloth, so don’t treat it like one. Applying too much pressure can yield a temporary rosy glow but can damage capillaries and stretch out skin in the long run.
2. OPTIMAL HYDRATION
We believe that all of us need to reach a state of optimal skin hydration. This means that our skincare must respond to changes in our lifestyle, diet and environment. There is no one-size-fits-all moisturizer that will do the trick day or night, rain or shine. If you have dry skin that feels taut and deposits flakes when a piece of tape is pressed against it, seek out creamy moisture-rich cleansers with soothing plant extracts like seaweed. Oily or acne-prone? Use a wash with exfoliating fruit extracts (papaya, grapefruit) or salicylic acid daily, and slough dead skin cells with a gentle scrub twice a week. If your skin is sensitive with patches of redness, look for a natural cleansing oil or non-lathering face wash void of dyes and perfumes.
3. RELIGIOUS SUN PROTECTION
If there is one product you need to swear by, choose a good sunscreen. It is important for sun protection as well as protection against moisture loss. The sun shines all year long, making an SPF lotion a necessity—even when it’s below zero outside. In winter months, look for a more emollient version—there are nourishing moisturizers on the market that contain sunscreen as a bonus—to provide a protective barrier against harmful rays and other weather-inflicted skin conditions.
4. GO GREEN
If there is one way to stave off the effects of age, that’s watching what you put in your bodies. Estrogen keeps skin supple but declines over age, making additional hydration essential for a youthful appearance. Supplement loss of natural estrogen with plant estrogens, rich in green veggies like broccoli that also contain glow-getting antioxidants like vitamins A and C. Also search for creams with plumpers like glycerin and hyaluronic acid and use them twice a day regularly for best results. Even if your skin is oily, don’t skip this step, as dehydrated skin will only produce more sebum, exacerbating your issues.
5. CUT SUGARS
Sugar may be sweet but not for your skin. Sugary foods are said to promote aging by triggering free radicals, inducing inflammation, and damaging cells. Consider a low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.