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In the middle of the summer I think it’s smart to touch on a subject I am very passionate about: anti-aging skincare.
You think I’m joking? Wrong!
Although I am only 23, I have been taking steps to get youthful skin for nearly four years. I have fair skin that burns more than it tans, so my dermatologist has always preached sunscreen and hats. As I got into college, I thought it was time to start thinking about keeping youthful skin. Maybe it was the staying up late or the influence of beauty gurus that got me thinking about anti-aging, I can’t remember. Anyways, I developed an anti-aging routine and found some tips along the way that I want to share with you today!
First thing’s first, I’m not against plastic surgery. But I think there are cheaper and more natural looking ways to prevent aging rather than to mask it. No matter what your skin looks like right now, it is NEVER to early to start caring for your skin so that you can age gracefully! I’m not a doctor (obviously) or esthetician, so I am speaking totally from my personal experience.
I’ve been consistently doing this routine for four years and my face has no fine lines. I’ve even seen the reversal of lines thanks to dedication and the wonderful products I use. I’m hoping that as I age and lines do appear, that they will be softer and even beautiful. There IS such a thing as aging gracefully! So keep reading if you want to know how I keep youthful skin!
I always put on an anti-aging moisturizer that also has SPF. Tip: Sunscreen is your best friend when it comes to keeping a youthful look. Sun exposure causes wrinkles and pigmentation. Repeated studies have verified the fact that you need to use products with SPF on your face in order to keep your skin from aging faster than needed. You’d be surprised at how often your face is exposed to sun, so you want to be prepared!
Look for make up products that have SPF in them as well. Foundations and powders with SPF are easy to find at all prices. Plus, they are used all over your face so you get even more coverage! I’ve linked some of my favorite make up products with SPF that I’ve used in the past. Make sure you check out the widget below!
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If you’re going to be spending time outside, additional face SPF is a great idea, but also a hat or visor will help keep your skin from direct sun exposure. Can’t get burned if you’re not getting sun, right? Luckily, wide brimmed hats are always so fashionable at the pool!
When you’re driving, pull your sun visor in your car to the side to keep from direct exposure on your face. I don’t do this all the time, but sometimes when I can feel the heat from the sun I like to block it.
If you like to touch up throughout the day, I linked this SPF face powder that you can apply for shine and sun protection. I’ve never tried it, but I think it’s perfect for on the go. Instead of adding oil to your face you’re adding powder. I think that’s a win!
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In the evening my skin routine is a little more involved. First I shower and cleanse my skin with my Clarisonic. Clarisonics exfoliate the skin, which gets the dead skin off so you look more glowy. After I exfoliate, I like to put on an anti-aging cream that is specifically for the eye area. Tip: Pat the eye cream from the outside temple to the under eye. Before I moisturize, I also slather on a cream that has alpha hydroxy acid in it, which is an acid that helps firm and smooth out skin. You can read more about the benefits of alpha hydroxy here. I also linked some products that I use and have used throughout the years below!
Shop My Fave Nighttime Anti-Aging Products!
Tips You Must Know to Have Youthful Skin:
- Sleeping on your side and stomach causes wrinkles, so sleep on your back! (tbh I can’t do this)
- Don’t pull at your eyes when applying eye make up.
- Chemical peels are a great way to keep your skin bright and firm, so #treatyoself once or twice a year.
- Tanning beds are your worst enemy if you want youthful skin (sun=wrinkles!).
- Be consistent with your treatments if you want to see results.
- You don’t have to spend a ton of money! Neutrogena has great anti-aging products at awesome prices (shop widgets above!).
- If you take care of your skin now, botox and fillers might not be needed or wanted when you’re older.
- Don’t forget about your lips or hands! Hands and lips really show age, so make sure to put sunscreen on them when you are outside for a long time. A lot of chapsticks have SPF, so make sure yours does.
- Take your anti-aging skin care products down your neck to your chest to match your face.
- Sun can cause damage even in the winter. Make sure to apply sunscreen when you’re in snow.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.