5 Skin Habits You Should Adopt
As skin care professionals, we can’t stress how important taking care of your skin is. No matter what age you are at, just START. Here are five healthy skin habits to master now for a better complexion in the long run.
Habit #1: We know you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s important enough to repeat. Sunscreen is non-negotiable. Here at The Esthetics Center, we recommend daily use of sunscreen, rain, or shine. Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months, but it really should be a year-round preventive health measure. Sunscreen is vital to prevent sun damage, which can trigger a premature breakdown of the skin and damage to your skin cells. Always apply your sunscreen in the morning as a part of your daily routine and reapply as necessary for your activity level throughout the day.
Habit #2: Use an antioxidant every morning! Signs of visible aging can be caused by environmental damage. Like all antioxidants, vitamin C can help fight free radicals from all environmental aggressors, like pollution and sun damage. Free radicals deteriorate the skin's support structures, which can lead to premature aging. Antioxidants scavenge these free radicals before they cause damage to the skin.
Habit #3: You’ve heard it before, and we will say it again....retinol. Everyone should be using some form of retinol, the best-being prescription strength. Up until your early-30s, your cells turn over every 28 days, creating a fresh layer of untouched skin. Around that age, our cell regeneration slows down, turning over every 50 or 60 days. Retinol will stimulate cell turnover, keep your skin cells healthy and in turn, provide amazing anti-aging results such as aiding with fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the skin and fading dark spots.
Habit #4: Facials! It is crucial to keep up with skin care concerns by seeing a licensed Esthetician — at least every 4-6 weeks. At The Esthetics Center, we have many advanced skin care tools and treatments to target every concern. The most important thing to remember is that your skin is your body’s largest organ and deserves the utmost care. Your skin cells are renewing every four weeks naturally, so that is an excellent time to get a treatment that aids in sweeping those cells away, leaving the healthy cells behind and giving you glowing skin.
Habit #5: What does your lifestyle look like? Skincare isn’t all about what you do on the outside! Healthy skin starts from within, too. To maintain a healthy glow, you should focus on:
Sleep - Here at The Esthetics Center, we recommend that you get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Staying hydrated - Are you drinking enough water? You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces each day.
Diet - Eat nutrient-rich food. The phrase, “you are what you eat” is true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of every little cell in your body.
Exercise - You know you should exercise for overall health, but did you realize it’s also good for your skin? It delivers oxygen and nutrients to your skin, making your exercise even more beneficial.
Good skin is something we all try to achieve, so we hope these tips help! The most important thing to remember is consistency...and retinol. By incorporating these tips, you should be well on your way to healthy, glowing, youthful skin.