Exfoliate. AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acids along with fruit enzymes, such as those derived from papaya and pineapple, will help stimulate and speed up skin cell turnover, which slows down as we age. A lower rate of cell turnover can exaggerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in addition to making your complexion appear dull.
Apply sunscreen. Sunscreen cannot be skipped in a skincare routine that is geared towards anti-aging as harmful light sources can accelerate the aging process of your skin both indoors and out. In order to shield your skin against indoor blue-light pollution in addition to outdoor UV rays, opt for a mineral sunscreen.
Avoid added sugar. Sugar promotes the process of cellular glycation within your body, leading to the rapid oxidation of cells and an overall acceleration of your skin’s aging process. Instead, opt to add foods low on the glycemic index as these have the least impact on the glycation process that causes visible fine lines and wrinkles.
Add collagen-rich foods into your diet. Whole foods like bone broth, citrus fruits, berries, egg whites, nuts, beans, seafood, and leafy greens all help nourish your body while aiding the collagen production process going on within your skin’s layers, promoting the appearance of younger, plumper, and more elastic skin over time.
Include retinol into your nightly routine. Retinol, the gold standard in anti-aging skincare, is a derivative of antioxidant-rich vitamin A that is essential to collagen synthesis, increased skin cell turnover, and the overall improvement of visible fine lines and wrinkles. When adding retinol into your skincare routine, nightly use is best due to retinol’s ability to make your skin more vulnerable to daytime UV rays. Additionally, start off slow by using retinol once a week, working your way up to nightly use to avoid skin irritation.
Use light therapy for younger-looking skin. LED red light therapy, found both in at-home devices along with professional spa treatments, aids in the repair of cellular damage along with stimulation of collagen and elastin factors in the dermis for a visible reduction in early to moderate signs of aging. For at-home use, 10 minutes a day of consistent use is all that is needed to achieve glowing results.
Make sure to get 7-8 hours of quality sleep. When we enter the REM stage of the sleep cycle, our body naturally repairs daily damage along with its collagen layer in the skin, delaying the aging process and maintaining the youthful appearance of your skin.
Boost Collagen production. Apart from dietary changes, professional collagen induction treatments such as PRP, microneedling, and microchanneling all work to stimulate the lower levels of your dermis, where youth-promoting collagen and elastin reside, in order to increase the production of these factors and repair visible signs of aging.