When it comes to “Anti-Aging”, age is just a number! Whether you are in your 20’s and looking to prevent the signs of aging or in your 40’s+ and trying to reverse the signs of aging these tips apply to you.
Icing– After you’ve cleansed your skin, take an ice cube and roll it around your skin in a circular motion for about 20-30 seconds. Do NOT stop and hold the ice in one area because it can burn just like heat can. Icing helps preserve your skin, helps with inflammation (for the occasional zit), it’s a homeopathic way of exfoliation and it helps with product penetration! Added BONUS: icing helps reduce under eye dark circles and puffiness!
Regular Facials– Facial treatments done consistently help to exfoliate dead skin, which prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Facials also stimulate blood flow to the surface of your skin boosting collagen and elastin production, stimulating cell rejuvenation. Professional extractions will reduce clogged pores and breakouts as well preventing future possible scarring- if you’re one to pick at your acne.
Topical Acids– Using Acids such as Retin-A/Vitamin-A in your home-care routine will help to exfoliate the skin (which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) and produces new skin cells. This will also help to maintain your professional facial treatment results and promote a brighter appearance! *Speak with your Corrective Skincare Esthetician or Dermatologist to see if this product is right for you.
Pillow Talk-(No, not that kind. I’m literally talking about your pillow! Ha.) Sleeping on your back has been an anti-aging not-so-secret-secret for years! When you sleep on your sides with your cheek pressed against your pillow, over time it creates deeper nasolabial folds (the smile lines around your mouth).
Treat Your Hands & Neck– Two dead giveaways of your age are your hands and neck! Treat your hands with an enzyme, chemical exfoliant, or manual scrub which will exfoliate any dead skin and allow for better product penetration at least once a week. Use a hydrating moisturizer daily and don’t forget to wear SPF & RE-APPLY! Driving is Southern California and sitting in traffic on a sunny day does more damage to your skin than you realize! A not-so-silly tip: wear protective clothing such as gloves when driving if you can’t to put on SPF. *Two gold stars for those of you who do both!* As for your neck, it’s an extension of your face which means you should be cleansing your skin, gently exfoliating (because the skin is thinner and more sensitive than your face) and bringing your hydrating facial moisturizer all the way down onto your neck. A lot of (smart) women use their eye cream in the neck area for the purpose of “firming” as well.
SPF 30+– Let’s face it, you knew I was going to talk about it because if you follow me, you know what a HUGE fan I am! Not only do you need to wear SPF 30+ daily, but you also NEED to reapply it at least every 2 hours. I hear the “I’m at work all day.” “I’m just walking to my car.” “My makeup has SPF in it.” or “SPF breaks me out” all the time. There is NO EXCUSE. Unless you’re a vampire working from home in your windowless house where you never step outside, being at work all day is not an excuse. You have to step out of your car after you drive to work to enter the building and and because of this, you are exposed to the UV rays. It’s great if you’re make-up has SPF in it but no SPF will give you all day protection so you still need to reapply your SPF every two hours. I recommend Peter Thomas Roth’s mineral powder SPF 30 which is a physical SPF that starts working right away.
Vitamin C– “Wear your vitamins!” is a popular saying among the Esthetician community. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that should be applied during the day to help fight free-radicals known to contribute to aging. Your skin will only absorb 15% of the Vitamin C you put on your skin. So if you are using 100% Vitamin C, your skin is absorbing 15% of that 100%. I see a lot of Vitamin C products that state they have “15-30% Vit. C” so then you’re only getting 15% of 30%? I’d rather use the 100% Vit.C because it has a higher concentration, thank you very much!
Eye Area– The skin around your eye’s is VERY delicate and the eyelids are the thinnest skin on your ENTIRE body! Treat this area gently. Don’t scrub the eye make-up off. Instead, use a gentle circular motion and pat the area dry. Excessive rubbing and pulling can results in fine lines and wrinkles. A great tip by Suzanne Tarakjian at our Encino location: “When applying your favorite eye cream, use your ring finger because it exerts the least amount of pressure. Apply from the outer corner of your eye, inwards towards the bridge of your nose.”
Hydration– Last but not least is hydration! You can never have too much (water) in your body and on your skin. Take your weight and divide it in half- the number you get is how many ounces of water you should be drinking daily! Example: 120 lbs/ 2= 60 oz of water which is about 4 bottles of water. Keep in mind that if you drink coffee/soda/sugary drinks or eat a lot of salt, your water intake should increase. Also, consider adding Omega-3’s to your diet with helps with inflammation and adds hydration to your body from the inside-out! Jen Kramer usually recommends using Flax seed oil in the morning in a small shot of apple juice (because it makes it taste better). Invest in a Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer because it attracts 1000x it’s weight in water, making it one of the most moisturizing compounds in the world! Hyaluronic moisturizer is can also be used on you neck and your delicate eye area. Corrective Skincare’s Hyaluronic Moisturizer is great for acne prone clients too, because it doesn’t break you out!
I hope you enjoyed these tips! If you have any tips of your own tips to add- leave a comment! We’d LOVE to hear from you!