Try these Best Anti-Aging Tips of All Time
How to Look Younger than you actually are!
Obviously I recommend exfoliation, hydration and essential vitamins and minerals to pack in your skin like the best of us but also sun and environmental protection. Want to get my personal recommendations for what you need to address your concerns? Let me know your skin issues and concerns and I can help customize a plan for you!
But on top of good skincare---what else can you do? Making smart lifestyle changes is what will really erase years from your face. These 27 anti-aging tips really work, according to research, dermatologists, and beauty experts around the world.
A healthy diet does wonders for your entire body-- fruits and veggies that contain antioxidants like vitamins B and E are particularly great for skin. “Antioxidants help protect skin against free radicals in the environment, which are damaging to skin cells,” says dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, MD, chief medical spokesperson for Sebamed. “They work to prevent free radicals from breaking down the skin’s elastin and collagen, resulting in more youthful, healthier skin.” For vitamins B6 and B12, fill your plate with fish and poultry. Vegetarians can get vitamin B6 through chickpeas, which contain 55% of your DV in just one cup. And wheat germ oil (100% DV), sunflower seeds (37% DV), and almonds (34% DV) are all terrific sources of vitamin E. Also Vitamin C in it's active state can act as a barrier / shield from the environment and free radicals when applied directly to the skin. SeneGence SeneSerum C is the best and purest form and maintains active state by suspending it in pearl like beads that can be pressed into the skin and will act as a barrier to harmful enviromental toxins.
2- Skip the straw:
Using a straw seems like an innocent enough habit, but-- over time, you will most likely notice wrinkles around your mouth. “Sipping through a straw accentuates those facial muscles where fine lines can occur,” says Angela Lamb, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The more you use those muscles, the more noticeable the lines there will become, she explains.
3- Smart Texting (I'm not joking!)
Watch the way you text-- Like sipping through a straw, the repetitive motion of looking down at your smartphone can eventually cause rings to show up on your neck. “Fine lines and wrinkles can form over decades’ time through repeat motions,” says Dr. Nussbaum. While there’s no fast fix, maintaining good posture and holding your smartphone at eye level can help. Dr. Nussbaum also recommends applying a firming lotion daily. “I favor lotions that are formulated with antioxidants and ingredients like shea butter and argan oil,” she says.
4- Check your vision---
Do you catch yourself scrunching your face and eyes to see better? This will add to the frown lines and crows feet around your eyes. If you find yourself squinting and scrunching to see things on the screen, the road or when reading..it's time for a vision check.
5- Don't smoke (duh!) But for real---don't.
Add this to the already-long list of reasons to quit. While less serious than reducing your chances of getting lung cancer or heart disease, smoking also damages your looks. The habit takes a major toll on your appearance, contributing to premature skin aging, wrinkles, stained teeth, and even increased risk of psoriasis. “Smoking increases wrinkles due to facial motion, and it also has a vasoconstricting effect, which means it chokes off blood vessel circulation,” says dermatologist David Stoll, MD, author of A Woman’s Skin.
6-Stop the stress!
Easy to say , I know---but stress leads to less sleep, more facial frowning, concentrating and all that leads to more WRINKLES. Research suggests that these negative effects start at the cellular level. In a 2013 Dutch study, for example, researchers found that the cells of people who had depression aged more quickly than those who hadn’t suffered from the disease. “Psychological distress … has a large, detrimental impact on the wear and tear of a person’s body, resulting in accelerated biological aging,” one of the study’s authors explained in a news release. Give yourself some self care---things that make you relax...try a hot steaming bath, meditation, yoga and deep breathing. Try to relax the muscles in your face when you catch yourself in "concentration mode".
7- Just Say NO to Sugar (most of the time) :
As if the risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease wasn’t enough, sugar can take a toll on your skin, too. In a 2010 study, researchers found a link between dietary sugars like glucose and greater production of advanced glycation end products (AGES). But if you have a sweet tooth, don’t panic just yet. “The supportive scientific and clinical data, while growing, remains limited,” says Dr. Kraffert. So enjoy sugar in small amounts, and focus more on leading an active lifestyle and eating an overall balanced diet. The key is not always giving something up but rather---moderation.
8-Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
Cotton and polyester tug at the delicate skin on your face, but silk and satin pillowcases are gentler, and can prevent you from waking up with creased cheeks. “With a silk pillowcase, your skin slides on the pillow,” New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD previously told Health. It’s possible that less friction on your skin can slow the formation of fine lines over time. Bonus: sleeping on silk also helps prevent frizzy hair. Double win!
9- Sleep on your back :
Always sleep on your side? The habit could be causing lines to form on the cheek that’s constantly pressed against the pillow. “Sleeping on one side can definitely cause wrinkles on that side alone,” says Dr. Stoll. “I’ve seen this many times.” Side-sleepers may want to switch to their backs—and not just to prevent wrinkles. Back-sleeping eases neck and back pain, fights acid reflux, and even helps prevent saggy breasts. Another tip: SeneGence Collagen Night Pak! It acts as a protective barrier so slather it on your face, neck and breast/cleavage area to prevent deep wrinkles from being 'smooshed' while you sleep. It also stimulates the collagen production in your body, which is HUGE for anti-aging!
10- Protein, Protein and more Protein!
Most women should eat 46 grams of protein a day (more if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or a competitive athlete). Hitting that target will help control cravings, helping you lose weight and maintaining your goal weight. “Protein helps to build and maintain muscle mass, which we tend to lose as we age,” says Keri Gans, RD, a New York City-based nutrition consultant and author of The Small Change Diet. Additionally, eating enough protein is essential for healthy-looking hair—the nutrient is a building block for strong strands. Shiny healthy hair can be a sign of youth as it tends to get more dry and brittle as we age. I personally love and recommend Premier Protein Shakes (caramel is my fav) and bars (dark chocolate peanut butter is life!) as they are the best I have tasted and have 20-30 grams of Protein and 1 g of sugar! Eggs and fish are also a great source.
11-Get in those healthy fats.
There are lots of reasons to love omega-3 fatty acids: They keep you full, help your body absorb essential vitamins, and have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Another perk? Super-healthy skin: “Omega-3 fatty acids promote smoother, younger-looking skin by reducing inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis,” explains Gans.
Regular workouts can help you look and feel younger than your years, according to research. A recent study of older adults published in The Journal of Physiology discovered that the more active participants functioned physiologically similar to younger adults. Your face will benefit from those sweat sessions, too: Research from McMaster University in Canada found that exercise could help slow signs of skin aging. Yoga can keep your body looking and feeling younger so try to get in a couple times a week and you will notice a huge difference.
Exfoliating using beads or chemical peels is a go-to skincare strategy for sloughing off dead skin and revealing a smoother complexion underneath—but it’s important to make sure you’re not aggravating your face in the process. “Too much exfoliation is counterproductive,” says Dr. Stoll. Try not to scrub too hard---a good rule of thumb is if your face is RED after exfoliating, you might have been a little rough. Pink is normal but ease up if you're leaning on the red side. Choose a gentle exfoliator if you have sensitive or normal skin and a more intense exfoliator if you are super dry. I recommend the SeneGence Polishing Exfoliator for the gentle exfoliation and the SeneGence Facial Resurfacer for the more intense exfoliating for dry skin.
14-Get on the retinoid bandwagon:
If you only have one anti-aging product in your medicine cabinet, make it a retinoid. Dermatologists love this powerful skincare ingredient (a derivative of vitamin A) for its ability to accelerate cell renewal. “Retinoids turn over skin cells and boost collagen production, which leads to more youthful-looking skin,” says Dr. Lamb.Do you have SeneGence Silk Primer Pore and Wrinkle Minimizer yet? It contains retinoids.
15- Water, Water and more Water:
“Not drinking enough water will take a toll on aging skin,” says Dr. Nussbaum. She recommends aiming to drink half your weight in ounces of water per day (in other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink about 75 ounces of water, or about nine glasses). And besides sipping H2O, you can trick yourself into getting more water in your daily diet by adding certain fruits, vegetables and beverages to your routine. I got minimal stretch marks with all 5 of my pregnancies and my doctor accredited that to my constant water drinking. It makes your skin more supple so it can stretch and pull more without wrinkles or damage. Keep your skin youthful by drinking at least 60 oz of water per day.
16- Get your rest!
I'm guilty of this one, but I am working on it! Sleep it off You should think of sleep as being another essential step in your skincare routine. “Sleep is super important in allowing the body to regenerate, and the skin is no different,” says Dr. Nussbaum. Not only will plenty of shut-eye let skin cells regenerate overnight, but it will also help prevent dark under-eye circles, she says. Certain foods can also help you sleep so stock your fridge with these sleep inducers if you're having shut eye issues. Already have dark circles and undereye baggage? Get SeneGence Dark Circle UnderEye Treatment. That paired with SeneGence eye cream is a game changer for these issues.
17- Moisturize before your skin dries.
Moisturizing takes more effort than just slapping some lotion on your face. All those pricey anti-aging products you’ve invested in will work more effectively if you use them on clean, moist skin, says Dr. Kraffert. When you get out of the shower, he suggests applying lotion within three minutes—before water on skin has a chance to fully evaporate. “Not only will you get the benefits of the moisturizer itself, but you’ll help seal in the hydration from the water,” he explains. “If you wait too long and that water evaporates from your skin, it can take some of your body’s natural moisture with it.” Pro-tip--you can also purchase in shower moisturizers that work while the skin is still wet!
18- Load up on vitamin C!
Experts are divided on whether or not a diet that includes lots of vitamin C superfoods such as citrus, peppers, and kale can ward off signs of aging. But it certainly can't hurt to add more of these foods to your plate. In a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that people who ate vitamin C-rich foods had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who did not. A vitamin C serum may offer more noticeable benefits. “Topical vitamin C is much more important for preventing wrinkles than oral vitamin C,” says Dr. Stoll. Where to get it? SeneGence SeneSerum C. Let me know if you need it or order through my shopping link. You will notice immediate improvements--especially when paired with SeneGence Climate Control. #winning
19- Go easy on the booze.
Speaking of drinking: Alcohol dehydrates the body, so think twice before having that second glass of wine. “Dehydrated skin is more likely to appear dry, sallow, dull, and crepey,” Dr. Nussbaum says. Be especially careful of white wine: the acid in white wine can damage your enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to long-lasting stains. One glass a day (moderation!)
20- Take care of your hands.
This is one I forget to do until I have to photograph my hands for something and I realize how old and wrinkly they look. Do you use a nice hand cream daily? You should! You probably give the skin on your face plenty of TLC, but what about your hands? “Without a targeted regimen to slow down the onset of dark spots and textural changes, the hands can age a person faster than the face,” Joshua Zeichner, MD previously told Health. Sun exposure is mainly responsible for dark spots and 'crepey' skin. Rub SPF on the backs of hands every morning to protect the delicate skin there from harmful UV rays. An amazing product for this is SeneGence Hand Cream with Shea Butter, it actually reactivates with water so even when you wash your hands, it's working!!
21- Get serious about sun protection.
You’ve heard it before, but it can’t be said enough: “Wearing SPF is the best anti-aging thing you can do for your skin,” says Dr. Lamb. A 2013 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who wore sunscreen three to four days a week were less likely to experience skin aging after four and a half years than those who didn’t. In addition to wrinkles, sun exposure also contributes to discoloration, which shows up in the form of dark spots on your face and hands. And that bottle of SPF isn’t just for trips to the beach. “Even passive daily UV rays cause damage to the skin that make it age faster,” Dr. Lamb says. One concern is there have been studies linking SPF to carcinogens. Wherever possible, use a physical barrier instead of a chemical barrier. The good news? Almost ALL SeneGence products use a plant based sun barrier that acts more like a Tshirt and protect you from the sun like an invisible shield without the use of chemicals. Each product is compared to 15 SPF and it's layerable so if you use multiple SG products, it will add more protection per layer.
22- Take time off your chest.
Another often-forgotten patch of skin: your chest. Too much sun exposure when you're young may leave you with blotchy, freckled skin in the short term, and down the line, you may notice wrinkles, loose skin, and white spots. “Your best bet is to stop daily damage before it gets serious,” says Dr. Kraffert. To keep your décolletage from deteriorating, wear sunscreen on days you're not wearing clothing that covers your chest. And if you already have sun damage, moisturize the area before bed with an over-the-counter retinol or with a cream that contains melanin production inhibitors to brighten skin. “Adding other skin-brightening ingredients such as sulfur and botanical extracts will help, too,” says Dr. Kraffert. I recommend Silk Primer as a preventative and evening cream and as a reactive measure, the SeneGence Multi Vitamin Brightening Treatment will lighten sun spots, freckles and pigmentation issues caused by sun and environmental damage.
23- Reduce your salt intake:
You already know that eating high-sodium foods make your body retain water, leaving you feeling heavy and bloated. So it should come as no surprise that super-salty fare triggers a similar response in your face, giving you a puffier appearance (under your eyes, for example). To cut back gradually, start cooking with salt-free flavor boosters such as chili peppers, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. Not only will you look less bloated, but a low-sodium diet will also reduce your risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Yes, please!
24- Wash your face before bed.
You know you’re supposed to do it, but sometimes you just… don’t. We get it. But experts stress that failing to wash your face at the end of the day is a major missed opportunity for skin to regenerate while you sleep (not to mention, it ups your chances of waking up with clogged pores). “Skin renews itself overnight, so if you want to change the way your skin functions, the most important ingredients should be applied before bed,” Olga Lorencin-Northrup, founder and lead aesthetician of Kinara Spa in Los Angeles previously told Health.
Look for a cleanser with no harsh detergents and a low pH like SeneGence 3 in 1 Cleanser--just pick the right type for your skin type---Normal to Dry, Dry, Normal to Oily or Oily to acne. Need help determining your skin type? Comment below or drop me a message--I can help!
25- Let up on the heat styling:
Can't imagine going a day without straightening your hair? Laying off the flat iron even just two days a week can restore your hair's bounce and shine—and make you look younger in the process. Master the wet bun, learn to love dry shampoo, or embrace your natural texture and allow your mane to air dry. Another tip is not not overwash your hair as it can strip it of it's natural oils and make it drier and cause more breakage. Got thinning hair as you age? Prevent it from thinning any further with SeneGence HairCovery Hair line.
26- Brighten your smile.
Stained, yellowed teeth can add years to your face. To feel more confident about your smile, remove stains with whitening toothpaste, strips, or trays. You can also prevent discoloration by getting regular dental cleanings and brushing your teeth after drinking red wine, coffee, and soda, or eating foods with sticky sauces such as barbecue or soy—some of the worst culprits.
27- Invest in your skin.
it will stay with you your entire life! Don't cheap out on drug store products when it comes to your skin. Inexpensive ingredients will lead to little or no results. Some beauty products you can skimp on--skincare is not one of them. You truly get what you pay for as all ingredients are NOT created equally.
I hope you learned something from this post and take your anti-aging seriously. I am here to help with any skincare needs you may have. Comment below with anything you don't love about your skin and I will make some recommendations with solutions for you! Remember---there is no magic pill so all these things will help and good skin care with a consistent routine will keep you loving your skin.
Give me a shout when you are ready to start taking proactive measures to protect your skin and prevent further aging as well as turn back the hands of some of those aging signs you might already be seeing---hello Anti-Wrinkle treatment!
Take care of yourself, friends---inside and out!
*references pulled from The Skincare Journalist*