No one wants to look older than they are. Premature wrinkles, sun damage, scars and fine lines can add years to your appearance and keep you from looking your best. It’s impossible to stop the clock, but at Caddell’s, we have been studying skin types, the best products for skin and anti-aging treatments for years and we have tips and treatments to incorporate into your beauty regime that will help fool cameras and mirrors.
Step One - Let’s Start with Your Cleanser
Washing your face daily is essential to keeping skin healthy and younger looking. Using a gentle cleanser that preserves the skin barrier to prevent dehydration is best when removing dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria, makeup and anything else that might clog pores and cause your skin to look dull and tired. It is very important to thoroughly clean your skin before applying moisturizer to avoid trapping bacteria.
Cleansers with a low pH, like Epionce’s Milky Lotion Cleanser, are an important first step because they clean the skin and pores, without stripping necessary oils. They also allow for better penetration of the serums and facial products used after cleansing. Other gentle yet effective cleansers sold at Caddell’s are from YG Labs Medical Grade Skin Care Products, who offer a wide selection of Cleansers that help a wide range of skin types, from Acne-Prone skin to cleansers made for dehydrated, mature or sensitive skin.
Step Two - Using Physical or Chemical Exfoliants
As you age, your skin replenishes itself more slowly. Dead skin cells aren’t replaced as quickly, causing skin to look dull and uneven. Exfoliants rescue your skin and there are several types to handle your skin’s needs.
There are two main types of exfoliants – chemical and physical. When using a physical exfoliant avoid ones containing sugar or cleansers with beads as those can make your skin sag. Using a washcloth or soft sponge can gently exfoliate the dead cells off the face and leave it glowing. Exfoliants by YG Labs Medical Grade Skin Care Products, help reveal more perfect, younger looking skin in minutes. Exfoliants soften surface lines and minimize enlarged pores, revealing fresh, young, glowing skin.
Chemical exfoliants, or chemical peels like the ones offered at Caddell’s Laser Clinic, dissolve the bonds between skin cells allowing them to detach and rinse away. Depending on the results required or the level of damage, there are different types of peels such as the Glycolic, Jessner and TCA Chemical Peels. They are suitable for any age and help fade uneven pigmentation and help with hydration.
Chemical Peels minimize and remove skin damage from the sun and diminish imperfections. They are used to smooth the face, neck, décolleté and hands. They are the perfect first step in rejuvenation treatments.
Step Three - Serum's, Vitamins for Your Face
Serum’s contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than moisturizers and are considered a multivitamin for your skin. Serum’s fortify the skin’s daily defenses against environmental assaults and can be used to correct dull, tired complexions. Certain serums can also help minimize fine lines, microlesions and deeper creases which help resilience return to your skin. This results in younger, healthy-looking, softer, more supple skin.
Look for serums rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D & E, like Epionce’s Intense Defense Serum or the Total Age Corrector Multi-Action Restoring Serum by YG Labs. If you’re unsure of which products will give you the best results for your skin, schedule a free skin consultation with one of Caddell’s Master Estheticians, they can help guide you on which products and treatments would work best for your skin type.
Step Four - Moisturize Your Face Daily
As you age, the chances you’re going to have an acne break-out diminish and while this means less chance of pimples, it also means your skin will dry out more easily, which is a major cause of fine lines. A good moisturizer can help prevent skin dehydration and keep your skin looking younger. The best moisturizers contain water-binding humectants like glycerine and hyaluronic acid.
The Renewal Calming Cream by Epionce is clinically proven to relieve a multitude of skin issues such as irritation and itching due to rashes and eczema. The Intensive Nourishing Cream is good for all skin types with an ultra-rich cream that helps reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have extremely dry, rosacea-prone skin then YG Labs calming Bio-Lipid Repair Cream can help repair the skin’s barrier within eight days and has been dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin.
There are also moisturizers that adjust to the hydration needs of any skin type, such as the Moisture Replenishing Crème by YG Labs. The Editor’s Choice at DaySpa is YG Labs Oil-Free Hydrating Fluid.
Step Five - Don't Skip the Sunscreen - EVER!
Sun damage from UV rays is the number one cause of wrinkles, the good news is it’s never too late to halt the process. Wearing sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 on face, décolleté and hands can stop the sun from breaking down collagen and causing abnormalities in elastin. It is the one surefire way to keep your skin looking as young as possible.
Where does the danger from the sun come from? UV radiation is found in sunlight and it passes through the ozone layer as waves of energy and is classified into UVA and UVB. While it can’t be felt or seen by us, it causes your skin to age more rapidly than if you were to avoid the sun. As it is exposed to UV radiation, your skin changes differently, it ages faster. And your skin has a memory, it’s like a diary that’s being kept from a very young age, it doesn’t forget, and it keeps track. Every time you expose yourself to the sun your skin changes. The changes all add up over a lifetime and result in photoaging. Most people consider the changes to their skin as a normal aging process, but the fact is the changes experienced as a result of photoaging are preventable and definitely not the natural aging process. Wearing sunscreen everyday can help minimize sun damage and photoaging. Not sure which sunscreen to buy? Check out the sunscreens sold at Caddell’s Laser Clinic.
Step Six - Protect Your Skin from Trauma
Older skin is more fragile than younger skin. As you age, the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, thins, making skin look thinner, paler, and more translucent. The blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile which leads to bruising, cherry angiomas and other issues. Estrogen levels strongly influence the skin’s integrity in women and can result in premature aging as well. Due to the environmental attacks to your skin as you age, it is important to treat your skin more gently than you did when you were younger.
Try not to rub or pull on your skin when you wash your face or apply skin care products as this can lead to skin tears. Using a soft, smooth pillowcase can prevent permanent sleep wrinkles.
Look at the Rest of the Story
It’s not just your face that makes you look old. Your neck, chest and hands all contribute to your overall appearance of youth or old age. Neglecting these key, important areas will age you just as quickly as your face. Keep them protected with sunscreen or sun-protective clothing so people will never be able to guess your age.