Skin aging is inevitable…to a certain extent.
There are a number of different factors that contribute to how, as well as how quickly, your skin ages. Some of these, such as your genetics and the general passing of time, are referred to as intrinsic causes. This means that there’s nothing that you can really do about them.
However, the main culprits behind skin aging are extrinsic. When it comes to these external causes of aging, there’s plenty that you can do about them, enabling you to restore and maintain a youthful complexion for many more years to come.
Read on as Lavelier shares some of the skincare secrets that you need to know if you’re hoping to keep the appearance of aging at bay for as long as possible.
Protect Your Skin From UV Rays
The most influential extrinsic factor that contributes to skin aging is the sun. In fact, studies point to how UV rays are responsible for up to 80% of the aging-related changes that occur in the face, with many experts placing this figure closer to 90%.
This means that one of the most effective ways to achieve the look of youthful beauty is to protect your skin from the aging effects of the sun. The best way to do this is with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, ideally one with an SPF of at least 30. This means that the product will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Not only will you be able to slow down the appearance of skin aging but you’ll also be lowering your chances of developing skin cancer.
To slightly simplify your skincare routine, look for a moisturizer that offers SPF 30, such as the Lavelier Divine Day Defense SPF 30. This way, you’ll be protecting your skin while you apply your moisturizer. This will also save you from having to spend time layering an additional sunscreen over the top.
Hydrate Your Skin
One thing that sets youthful skin apart from mature skin is hydration. When your skin is young, it usually does a fantastic job of retaining moisture, therefore keeping itself hydrated.
However, as it ages, the skin thins out and barrier function slows down. This is accelerated by a variety of external factors, resulting in the skin losing moisture to evaporation at a much faster rate. This becomes evident in the complexion in the form of dullness, roughness, and dryness.
Boosting your skin’s hydration levels will go a long way in keeping your skin looking bright, bouncy, and youthful. There are a number of hydrating skincare products out there but the best ones will be loaded with humectants. These are lightweight, moisture-binding ingredients that not only provide hydration to the skin’s surface but also leave the deeper layers of the skin feeling fully quenched.
Some of the most effective humectants to keep an eye out for include sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, and seaweed extract. You’ll find all three in Lavelier’s HydroTherm Sauna Serum. This exquisite serum is incredibly hydrating, leaving the skin looking plump and radiant immediately after it has been used.
One of the side effects of the natural aging process is that cell turnover slows down. This process involves your skin shedding its old and dead skin cells, so that the surface of the skin can then be replaced by the newer skin cells that lie beneath.
What happens once cell turnover starts to decline? All of those dead skin cells that your skin should have shed will instead begin to build up on the surface of the skin. This leads to skin that looks dull and rough, taking away the youthful luminosity that your skin once sported.
The best way to counter this is by regularly exfoliating your skin. This will remove all of those dead skin cells, allowing your complexion’s natural brightness and radiance to shine through.
With that said, be careful when choosing an exfoliator. Some can be overly harsh, meaning that they end up causing more harm than good. One fantastic product to try is the Lavelier Intensive Facial Peel. Not only will it gently but thoroughly exfoliate your skin with a blend of mandelic acid and bamboo powder, but it’s also packed with powerful vitamins and antioxidants to give your complexion an extra boost.
Add Vitamins A and C to Your Skincare Routine
When it comes to keeping your skin looking youthful, antioxidants are everything. Remember how we talked about extrinsic factors that cause the skin to age? Well, antioxidants work to reduce the appearance of environmental damage in the skin, therefore helping to give the skin a younger and healthier-looking finish.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different antioxidants out there. However, two of the most effective are vitamins A and C. Research confirms that vitamin A is able to significantly prevent and reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, vitamin C is a superstar at brightening and tightening the look of the skin. Combining them enhances their effects, bringing you a youthful complexion so much sooner.
You’ll find both of these vitamins in the Lavelier Nourishing Vitamin C Serum. In addition to vitamins A and C, it also contains vitamin E, which is another potent antioxidant. You’ll notice coral seaweed extract in this formula too, which is our signature ingredient at Lavelier. It’s loved for its hydrating properties, along with its rich antioxidant content. As a result, this serum is a must-have for anyone trying to restore the complexion of their youth.
Don’t Neglect Your Neck
Although the neck may technically be a part of the body, the skin here is much thinner than the skin on the body. This is why people often develop wrinkles and sagging skin on their necks, even though the rest of their body may still look relatively smooth and firm.
A loose and wrinkled neck can really age you, even if your face may still be wrinkle-free. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you’re including your neck in your facial skincare routine, rather than using your body care products on this delicate area.
Of course, if you’d like to give your neck some extra TLC, you could always opt for a dedicated neck cream. The Lavelier Coralline Collagen Firming Neck Cream is a great example. Designed specifically to counter the look of aging, this moisturizer contains vitamins A, C, and E, the three antioxidants that we previously recommended. It’s also full of hydrating compounds to give your neck a plump and supple finish, along with a variety of antioxidant-rich botanical extracts.
Pay Attention to Your Hands
Just like the neck, the hands are often one of the first parts of the body to develop the visible signs of aging. There are a few reasons for this, with one being how the hands are constantly in motion. All of this wear and tear causes them to wrinkle faster.
The hands also tend to experience a high amount of UV exposure. They’re often on display when the rest of the body is hidden under clothing. As you know, UV rays significantly accelerate the skin aging process, which isn’t good news for your unprotected hands.
One way to keep your hands looking youthful is to make sure that they’re covered with SPF, just like your face. It can also be helpful to invest in a dedicated hand cream. A product like Lavelier’s Seascape Hand & Body Lotion will keep your hands moisturized. This will go a long way in preventing the appearance of wrinkles. This cream will keep the skin on your hands looking smooth and youthful for longer.
Cut Back on Screen Time
Although not as widely publicized as UV exposure, exposure to blue light from electronic devices is another extrinsic factor that causes the skin to age faster than it should. This wavelength of light, which most electronic devices emit, penetrates into the skin, where it then damages the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers. These are the proteins that keep the skin smooth, firm, and elastic. As a result, this damage leads to wrinkles, while also contributing to discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
It goes without saying that the best way to prevent blue light damage is to reduce the amount of time that you spend in front of a screen. Of course, this is often easier said than done, especially if your job entails several hours of screen time each day. If this is the case, consider downloading blue light filters for your electronic devices. These will reduce the amount of blue light that’s emitted, keeping your skin feeling safer.
What about the blue light damage that your skin has already undergone? The best way to turn things around for your complexion is to pamper your skin with antioxidants. As mentioned earlier, antioxidants are fantastic for reducing the look of environmental damage, and this includes damage caused by blue light.
Consume a Skin-Loving Diet
All too often, skincare advice focuses on topical products and treatments. However, if you want your skin to look youthful, you need to also pay attention to the ingredients that you’re putting into your body. The food that you eat will have a massive impact on how healthy your complexion is. So, work on including plenty of skin-loving foods in your diet.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a good starting point. These are packed with phytonutrients that help to protect your appearance from environmental damage. Try adding a new fruit or vegetable to your diet every week or so to increase the variety that you’re consuming.
Lean proteins play a big role in skin health too, as do whole grains and healthy fats. On the other hand, salt, sugar, and highly processed foods speed up the skin aging process.
This doesn’t mean that you need to immediately overhaul your diet. However, make a few small tweaks to improve the quality of what you’re eating and you’ll soon start to see a difference in how youthful your complexion looks.
Achieve Youthful-Looking Skin With Lavelier
If you’ve ever wondered how some people manage to keep their skin looking youthful, even as they progress into the later stages of their lives, you now have the answers! The secret to success is implementing all of the tips shared above, rather than just a few, to give your complexion the very best chance of restoring and maintaining its fresh, youthful beauty.