It’s no secret that most of us want to remain youthful. In order to do so, we make changes to our lifestyle to accommodate health and vigor with exercise, healthful diet, proper rest and maintaining the health and beauty of our facial skin.
As a busy aesthetician who sees clients from Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Malta and surrounding towns, I see a lot of skin, and one of the main concerns of those clients is stemming the flow of time.
So, here are a few of my suggestions:
Good home care amounts to about 40% of your skin care needs. I recommend using product that is natural or organic to minimize the amount of inflammation and harmful ingredients. Good home care will exfoliate, stimulate new cell, collagen and elastin growth, and add much needed moisture. And serums, like vitamin C, are excellent. Retinols work well to slough off that dead skin too! But remember, for everything there is a season… and over exfoliation can be harmful during times when your skin is exposed to a lot of sun.
And speaking of our good ‘ol sol, remember to use sunscreen as sun damage is responsible for about 85% of the signs of skin’s aging!
Good eating and drinking habits will also help your skin to look its best. That means leafy green and colorful fruits and veggies along with plenty of water. These days, I rarely drink soda and have substituted bubbly waters with a touch of juice for flavor.
Professional skin care, like having facials, comprises 60% of excellent healthy skin care. How often? Well, for those who are conscientious, every 4 – 8 weeks. One great benefit is that by having professional care, your skin care specialist can recommend products designed for your skin type saving you time, money and the problems associated with using improper, inefficient and possibly harmful products. Deeper solutions to problems associated with aging, like wrinkling, sun damage, skin discoloration, loss of elasticity and plumpness, can be achieved with peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments.
Eyelash extensions can add lift and oomph, framing the eye and creating abundance and length to the natural lash. They are safe to wear and clients say that they look and feel years younger. An added benefit is that they save time since you will most likely not need to apply mascara.
Adding or updating your makeup can help as well. Mineral makeup foundation, which usually contains some sun screening properties, helps to correct and even out skin tone and comes in liquid, pressed and loose powder. I like to use a cream blush for a dewy, youthful appearance. Concealer, used carefully, works wonders under the eyes and to reduce redness or patchiness in skin tone – again, creating a more youthful look.
Overall, there are a lot of tools we can use to achieve a healthy, lasting glow!