Youthful, glowing, vitamin-enriched skin – it’s the skin care goal of almost every woman on the planet. And there are dozens of different skin care treatments and procedures that can help you to obtain your goals. Botox, frotox, hydradermabrasion, microdermabrasion, laser skin therapy, skin needling, chemical peels – these are just a few of the many treatments that can help you restore your skin to it’s natural youthful glow. But what happens once treatment is over? As much as we wish they were, treatments are not miracle cures. They can definitely help us achieve stunning results, but without proper maintenance these results will eventually fade. So, what can we do to continue on once treatment has ended?
1) Drink LOTS of water
You’ve all heard it before and now I’m going to tell you again – “you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day!” The importance of water in healthy skin cannot be stated enough! Given that over 60% of our bodies are water, it only makes sense that we would need to keep ourselves hydrated. But the importance of water stems far beyond the benefits to the body and into benefits for the skin. Not only does water help to keep the skin moisturized, but it also replenishes skin tissue and increases elasticity, delaying the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to improve complexion, combat disorders like psoriasis and eczema, flushes toxins out of the system, relaxes the nerves and reduces stress on the skin, and reduces inflammation. In a sense, water itself is like a free anti-aging treatment!
2) Moisturize and Exfoliate
Regular moisturizing of the skin helps to keep it hydrated and aids in the prevention of dry and oily skin. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, leaving room for fresh, new cells to come to the surface. A daily moisturizer and a weekly exfoliation treatment can help to keep the skin glowing and aid in the battle against aging.
3) Use natural ingredients on your skin
When continuing your skin care routine at home, you will want to make sure you cleanse, moisturize, and exfoliate regularly. Unfortunately, many of the facial cleansers and creams that are bought in stores are full of nasty chemicals that can create toxins in your body. In return, I always suggest that you go the all-natural route. Search for organic skin care products OR look no further than your own cupboard! A lot of skin care specialists are turning their attention to benefits of certain foods on the skin. A cinnamon and honey combination, for example, can help to battle acne blemishes (cinnamon) while at the same time reducing redness and restoring moisture (honey). Another excellent skin care product is Coconut oil – it is an awesome moisturizer and can also be used as lip balm – and shaving cream – and hair conditioner – and eye makeup remover – and…well you get the point!
4) Sweat it out
Over our lifetime, we spend a lot of money on deodorants to win the battle against sweat, but you might be doing your skin an injustice! Sweating is nature’s way of ridding our bodies of harmful toxins – so it is very important for both our skin care and our overall health. So instead of trying to fight against sweat, do whatever you can to promote it! Run, ride your bike, head to the sauna – do whatever you need to do to get those toxins flowing out of your body!
5) Avoid the top Three
Smoking, Sunbathing, and Stress – these are the top three leading causes of premature aging in the skin. I don’t even want to get into all of the negative side effects of smoking, but if you have ever seen a smoker and non-smoker of the same age stand side by side, you can usually tell which one is the smoker just by looking at their skin. As for the sun, some is good, but too much is very bad. Fifteen minutes of sun exposure per day is plenty enough to soak up the Vitamin D – any more time in the sun and it’s time to lather on the sunscreen! Finally, stress – we don’t think about it often, but stress plays a huge role in our overall health. Small amounts of stress are okay, but when we are subject to it day in and day out, the effects can be drastic – for both our bodies and our skin.
6) Follow the advice of your practitioner
If you’re not going to follow any other advice given here, at least follow the advice of the practitioner doing your skin rejuvenation treatment. Many such treatments can irritate the skin and, if not cared for properly, can lead to unwanted side effects or infection. Whether they tell you to stay out of the sun, apply a special ointment, or stay in bed for days – just do whatever they say!
And remember – WATER, WATER, WATER – how many glasses have you drunk today?