Most of us think the secrets of maintaining beautiful, youthful skin involve a variety of surgical procedures, expensive cosmetic work and luxurious creams and products. But the reality is that the best kept secrets to beautiful skin are already in your hands, or at least much more within reach than you think! Here we take a closer look at some of the lesser-known tips and beauty secrets for more refined, younger looking skin.
The Way You Age Is Genetic
As with many parts of our body, the way we can expect our skin to age depends heavily on the way our mother’s skin aged – for better or worse. This does give the benefit of being able to take tip and advice from our mother on how she learned to best deal with her skin type and accentuate her natural beauty. A visit to a professional cosmetologist can help you identify your skin type and the more specific needs of your skin as it ages, so you can take a targeted approach.
Scientists have found up to 700 genes that are involved in the process of skin aging. Even if your genetic path of aging doesn’t look promising, there are still a huge number of lifestyle and skincare techniques you can use to maximise your skin’s potential.
The Most Important Thing About Your Skin Cream is Not the Price Tag
We’ve come to expect that the price of something reflects its value. However this isn’t always true, particularly with skincare. Even inexpensive creams will provide emollient properties that moisturise and plump out fine lines in a way that’s practically indistinguishable from more expensive creams.
In fact the most important aspect of your moisturising cream has nothing to do with the price, and everything to do with its sun protection factor. Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin damage and premature aging, and the sun can affect your skin even early in the mornings, on cloudy days or in winter. It’s important to use a daily face cream that contains an SPF factor of at least 30 for the best protection from sun damage and wrinkles.
Surgery and Injectables can Show Your Age
It takes the very subtle touch of a very skilled cosmetic surgeon to make anti-aging treatments and injectables look subtle and unnoticeable. Unfortunately in the majority of cases, they can end up looking overdone and unattractive and even add years to the face.
Fillers are a type of anti-ageing injectable that are becoming more popular with physicians and clients because they plump up the fat pads in the face that degenerate over age, rather than stretch skin to reduce the appearance of lines. However, may clinicians put too much focus on plumping up the cheeks which can result in a diminishing effect on the mouth, nose, eyes and jaw line, which can end up creating an ‘overdone’ look and actually aging the face even more.
It’s always better to target aging skin with a healthy diet, plenty of water, reduced stress and a compatible skincare routine. But if you are going for fillers, choose to place them in the areas of the face that naturally lose their fat pads with age: the temples, the front of the ears, and the chin.
It’s About How Much You Sleep And How You Sleep
It’s no secret that sleep is a crucial factor for better health and beauty on the inside and out. But it’s how you sleep that might make a difference to the quality of your facial skin. Dermatologists can tell the position a person sleeps from the skin on their face. Particularly as we age, and the skin loses a lot of its collagen and elasticity, signs of pressing and pulling on the skin during the night can become a greater concern.
The best solution is to sleep on your back to prevent excess tugging on the skin from the pillow at night. But if you find it too difficult to gradually adjust to sleeping in a different position, choosing a pillow with the smoothest material possible, such as satin or silk, or the highest thread count cotton you can find. A soft pillow goes a long way too, especially if you sleep your stomach down.