Those of us who are more advanced in age may look back at our 20s and 30s and think about how we could have done a few things differently. And maybe some of us wouldn’t change a thing. While there’s no reason to spend too much time mulling over the past, we can surely pass on a few pointers for the next generation. Of course, ignoring your elders is par for the course when you’re young, and not worrying about what comes next is kind of what makes young adulthood so filled with wild abandon and wonder. But if you can find a moment to break away from that conga line, hop off that jet ski, or set your jello shot down, you may want to listen up.
Aging is, of course, a natural part of life, and no one can stop that train from leaving the station. However, we do have some control over the speed at which it travels. Thinking ahead when it comes to your skincare can help you slow your roll on the aging process that will inevitably occur. If you start with some anti-aging moisturizer a little earlier than you thought necessary, your older self will thank you.
There are several things to keep in mind as you attempt to capture and keep up some of that youthful essence. Some of it has as much to do with what you put in your body as it does with what you put on it. Creams and lotions can only do so much if what you consume works against you. Staying hydrated, eating certain kinds of food, exercising, and getting a good amount of rest all contribute to a healthy lifestyle, which in turn makes it easier to maintain and beautify the skin you’re in.
So let’s get into some specifics about when to start using anti-aging moisturizer, as well as some other thoughts on how to achieve fabulous, firm, and beautiful skin. Here are seven suggestions for keeping your skin supple and as youthful as you can.
1. Food. It’s not just for your stomach.
Too often we relegate the topic of food to the realm of dieting and discussions around weight. We would do well to think of food as fuel for our bodies and minds, and also remember that the largest human organ is the skin. You want to make sure that your skin is getting the nourishment it needs. For skin health it’s critical to consume foods that are rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as biotin and others. These nutrients can be found in leafy greens, carrots, and many other fruits and vegetables.
Fish such as salmon and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are basically the superstars of healthy skin. They help keep skin supple and moisturized by supporting healthy cell membranes and have been found to reduce redness and inflammation. In addition, one particular type of omega-3 fatty acid called EPA can even make skin less sensitive to UV rays by blocking the body’s release of chemicals that break down collagen after sun exposure. Those are some beauty bonus points!
The good news is that there are a lot of delicious options on the lists of good-for-your-face foods. You’ll find savory selections like avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, walnuts, and more, so there’s nothing to get hung about…you can pick strawberries in fields forever…because they’re on the list too!
2. Drink to your health!
Mimosas are marvelous, but water is life! Staying hydrated is central to sustaining beautifully supple skin. Alcohol can dehydrate you and lead to skin that lacks luster and appears ashy and dry.
For those of us who don’t need to check our watches or phones to know it’s five o’clock somewhere, we could probably consider taking our alcohol consumption down a notch. Of course there are times to say “salud,” “cin cin,” “cheers,” and “prost” as you raise your glass of champagne or chardonnay and celebrate. However, if you often find yourself slurping down a third day drink without a passing thought about how it affects your health, you might want to reconsider your consumption. Also, no judgment! Everyone has room for improvement, and there are some days (or weeks, or months) where it’s harder to maintain healthy habits.
So the next time you crave carbonation or something to perk up your palate, try a bubbly water with some slices of strawberries or cucumber. And if you love how a piña colada makes you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation even when you’re in your own backyard, try blending some coconut water with pineapple juice and ice. It’s not the exact same thing, of course, but it is nice and refreshing with zero chance of a hangover. Cheers to that!
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3. Smokin’!!! (It’s still not good for you)
That’s pretty much it. Just a reminder that smoking is a taste better left unacquired. When it comes to cigarettes, less is more! Less smoking means more oxygen and more nutrients supplied to the skin, and a better chance at looking younger and living longer. If you haven’t started smoking, great, and if you’re currently a smoker, it’s always a great time to kick the habit.
We know it can be a challenge, but it’s well worth the effort. Watch this video for some tips and motivation:
4. Let the sunshine in…but just a little
The few tips above highlight the importance of overall health as well as prevention when it comes to fighting premature aging from the inside out. Now let’s consider what we can do for our skin from the outside in.
As with many other things in life, it’s important to try to prevent damage rather than just attempting to reverse the negative effects later on. It’s unsurprising that the sun is the primary culprit when it comes to premature signs of aging of the skin. Of course we need the sun to survive, but there can definitely be too much of a good thing with this burning ball of gas.
Our skin is kept firm by a network of proteins such as collagen and elastin. When the ultraviolet rays of the sun penetrate the skin, they damage these fibers. Without this elasticity, the skin becomes more likely to sag and develop wrinkles. The more sun exposure you have over the span of your life, the more likely you are to experience these side effects. Remember to apply sunscreen or makeup that contains SPF 15 or higher to reduce the damage to your skin. Those UV rays can still wreak havoc even with sunscreen, since the likelihood that you’re reapplying early and often isn’t always the case. Take added precautions and make hats and umbrellas your best friends. Also, remember that the midday sun strikes hardest, so stay away from those rays between 10 am and 3pm if possible.
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5. Your roaring 20s – putting it on preemptively
In addition to avoiding sun overexposure, there are other things you can do to work against the clock as it were. As early as our 20s, our collagen production begins to diminish. As we age this trend continues. This means a loss of elasticity and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles will follow. And that means it might not be too soon to start using so-called anti-aging products that stimulate collagen production. However, most experts agree that the most important thing you can do for your skin in your 20s is to stay out of the sun and not smoke. Still, some products can help stave off some signs of aging, and those are worth checking out.
The only concern about starting an anti-aging regimen when you’re younger is encountering ingredients that interact adversely with your skin if it is already somewhat oily. If creams feel too heavy and you notice an increase in breakouts and blemishes, that’s probably not a good fit for you. You can choose moisturizers with retinol, unless you are pregnant or nursing, because those tend to help with skin cell regeneration and collagen production. Either way, you’ll just want to be aware if your skin is sensitive, and then adjust the dosage accordingly, or try back in a few years when your skin can use more of a boost.
6. “Thirty, flirty, and thriving”
If those words sound familiar, that’s because it’s a quote from the movie 13 Going on 30, which depicts this decade as an amazing era, when you’ve finally gotten your life together and everything has turned out just as you wished it would when you were 13. This may or may not be the case for you, but spoiler alert, you need to fight for Mark Ruffalo whenever you have the chance. That much is surely true. But, back to reality, your thirties are generally a time of transition and that goes for your skin as well. The slow loss of elasticity continues and it’s a good time to think about replenishing the nutrients and ingredients that support production of collagen.
This doesn’t mean that you need to obsess about looking older when you’re still so young, in fact, that might stress you out even further and give you additional skin problems. So take it easy, but take it seriously. Look for products that contain vitamin A or other antioxidants which work to neutralize free radicals that cause damage to your skin. You may also want to look for anti-aging moisturizers that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) because they remove dead cells from the skin’s surface and encourage the production of new cells, which leads to younger, softer looking skin.
7. Right now! It’s not too late!
Even if you’re in your 40s or 50s and you’ve made it this far without anti-aging moisturizer, it’s never too late to start. In fact, if you haven’t felt compelled to purchase the stuff, it probably means you have pretty good genes and are blessed with naturally young-looking skin. Or it means that you’re not as vain as the rest of us. Either way, congratulations!
Contrary to the narrative of some Disney movies and other fantastical films, you don’t actually have to suck the essence from a young princess to rejuvenate yourself. If you’re just starting to incorporate anti-aging elements into your beauty regimen, you’ll want to be sure your preferred products have ingredients that increase collagen production, like hyaluronic acid, or some form of vitamin A or E. You can also continue taking precautions when you head outside to protect yourself from further sun damage. Your everyday moisturizer should contain SPF, or if not, then you’ll want to be certain to apply sunscreen separately. And in the evenings after you wash your face with a gentle cleanser, that’s the perfect time to apply your anti-aging moisturizer. Let it do a little work of reversing the damage from the day while you catch some sweet sleep.
If You Don’t Know, Now You Know When To Start Using Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Of course, it’s critical to remember that one of the most important things about youth or being young is that an optimistic outlook and free-spirited je ne sais quoi keeps things fresh. Even with all the wisdom gained over the years, it’s okay to have a little unwarranted hope or rock out like no one (or everyone) is watching. A youthful glow always shines brighter if you carry yourself with confidence. With that said, most of us would also accept a little help when it comes to our outward appearance. We prefer to look our best and want to find the products that help us do just that.
Lucky for you, whatever your age may be, Vivianne Woodard has you covered – literally- with creams and moisturizers that make you look and feel refreshed and youthful. The entire line of creams, complexes, and mists make you look like that beauty rest is really working. Vivianne Woodard’s advanced anti-aging formulas penetrate deep into the skin to replenish vitamins and nutrients that are depleted by years of environmental exposure and stress. The Nutri-Cell Complex increases moisture retention with its unique blend of jojoba oil, vitamins, and clover honey extract. The Advanced Anti-Aging Night Cream acts against the formation of fine lines and wrinkles with Argireline and vitamin A. Even a few simple spritzes of the Intensive Hydration Mist manages to make your face more supple and soft by harnessing the power of hyaluronic acid and plumping up your skin with moisture. So take your pick and feel like you’re time travelling back a few years to a more youthful, refreshed face. Bon Voyage!
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