Here are my 6 Anti-Aging Tips for Flawless Skin! When it comes to your skin, I am of the adage that you need to take care of it so it will take care of you. If you are blessed with oily skin (that’s right I said BLESSED) you will find that as you get older your wrinkles will be less prominent. My Nana had super oily skin and right up to her last breath at 85 she looked like she was 65. It’s a godsend! I am always trying to find ways to amp up the moisture level in my skin to create that environment so my normal/dry skin can be “oily” when I go to bed every night. I find that creating that environment “tricks” my skin into thinking it has a higher moisture level than it really does. The results are that my nearly 47 year old face looks far younger (so I am told) than it appears.
So these are some tips and tricks I have used over the years do do just that. Will they help you stop the clock? Probably not BUT they will help you slow it down and condition your skin so that you can appear younger than you are. One trick that you should be aware of is the order in which products are applied to the skin. Always start with the thinnest first, so if you are using a serum put that on before anything else then layer according to consistency with your moisturizer being the last thing.
- Look for Treatments with Hyaluronic Acid hyaluronic acid is in short a moisture grabber. Two of my favorites are Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel and Skin Regimen Hydra Pro Booster. Both are soothing and repairing, calm redness (great after you have a peel) but I also apply this before moisturizer. You can also use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, like Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Moisturizer (which also contains SPF 15 so great for daytime). These will protect against the long term factors that age skin.
- Use a Cleansing Oil Now that the weather has changed its time to switch things up. I know what you’re thinking…. “An oil Lianne?” hear me out. Oils are like the Wonder Woman of cleansers. How do they work? Well, like dissolves like so regardless of your skintype, there is one that will work for you. When you use an oil cleanser, you are removing the bad (dirt, makeup, clogging oils) and replacing them with good oils (soothing, replenishing). No detergents or surfactants here, it will just look like a creamy emulsion when you add water and work it onto your face so don’t expect it to lather and YES your skin will be clean. Origins Clean Energy and Shu Uemura are my favorites (the Shu is higher in price but SO worth it.) you can get a smaller size for about half the price. I suggest you grab that one and give it a try. They have 6 different formulas for virtually every skin type. The goal here is to use a product with as little drying ingredients as possible, and add moisture to your skin.
- Use a Cleansing Water First you have to get over not having anything foamy on your skin, you want your skin to be cleansed but not stripped. I picked up the most FABULOUS Bioderma Crealine Cleansing Water when I was in Paris last year from the french pharmacy Luckily, you can find it on amazon and save yourself the price of a plane ticket. The reason so many makeup artists use this marvel is that it cleanses the skin with NO irritation, just use a cotton pad, sweep it across your face and that’s it. It’s used backstage at Fashion Week more than any other product I have ever seen because it is SO gentle. Models have makeup put on and taken off all day long so after a while, their skin would be irritated. They use cleansing water to remove makeup and their faces look refreshed with no irritation everytime. So if oil isn’t your thing, this is a great alternative, this won’t really add moisture as much as it will “refresh your skin”.
- Use Avibon (vitamin A) Another french pharmacy find, Avibon is a pure vitamin A ointment. Vitamin A is a natural source of retinol. Retinol has long been used for anti-aging, but it is notiriously drying. In this ointment form, it works on fine lines and wrinkles, eliminates eczema and dry skin on the lips and hands, works great on acne scars, enlarged pores, and even scars and stretch marks. The best part? It tones the skin without overdrying like other retinoid products and is great for sensitive skin. You can get it online now (although they appear to be sold out at the moment) at avibon.com
- Peel Yep…a peel whether dry or oily, cell turnover is one of the best ways to keep skin looking “new” so when you put all those great things on top they can penetrate the epidermis. My favorites are Bliss That’s Incredipeel peel pads they are SO easy to use and portable so you can travel with them. Use 1-2 times per week.
- Exfoliate Another way to make sure your skin stays looking “new” is regular exfoliation. I love a mask like GlamGlow or a scrub like Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. I use these at least twice a week to keep my skin glowing.
Finally, ALWAYS without fail wash your face no matter what. Do your pillowcase and your skin a favor and strip down nightly. Maintain the moisture level in your skin by taking a little extra time in the evening…