Stronger Skin: 6 Tips to Help Make Skin More Resilient
They say you need a thick skin to parry criticism in our opinion-heavy world. That might be true, but having thick, resilient skin—you know, the opposite of thin and flabby—in the literal sense is what we’re more concerned with here at Skincare.com. You see, we’re all in a race against the clock. As we age, our skin begins to naturally lose collagen and elastin, two key components to our skin’s firmness. Pair that with weakened skin barrier function and all your dreams of strong, youthful-looking skin might as well be thrown out the window. While we can’t turn back the hands of time (or stop it altogether), there are ways we can help make our skin stronger and more resilient against external aggressors. How, you ask? Keep reading!
STICK TO THE BASICS
When your skin is in high water, it’s not the time to try and test out new products. Any extra variable in the equation can be the tipping point, so veer on the side of caution and opt for a simple skin care routine that’s pared down, yet still effective. Make sure you’re cleansing and moisturizing your skin every day—that’s a given. But instead of using harsh acids, stick to gentle, non-comedogenic products that are free of astringents, like alcohol, or other potentially irritating ingredients.
Remember: More products don’t always equal better. In reality, an overcomplicated skin care routine may not be doing you any favors.
GO EASY ON EXFOLIATION
As cell renewal slows down due to age, exfoliation can be a godsend for bringing life back into dull, lackluster skin. However, some physical exfoliants—think: scrubs made of salt or sugar—can be too harsh on the skin, and in turn tear it down and strip it of the moisture it needs. Don’t overdo it.
DON’T DISRUPT YOUR SKIN’S PH
For our acid mantle to function properly, it requires an optimal—slightly acidic—pH level of around 5.5. When that number fluctuates too much, all sorts of things can happen including a dreaded breakout and/or skin irritation. (For more information on how skin care products can affect our skin’s pH balance, read this.) The point is to steer clear of irritating formulas that can have an alkalizing effect on the skin, strip it of its natural oils, and leave the barrier vulnerable to assailants.
ADD TO YOUR ARSENAL
Now that you know what to avoid, it’s time to share what you most certainly should acquire and use! To help improve your skin’s barrier function and flounce, moisturize with lipids, like ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2—boasting a cocktail of 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids—can help restore the skin’s external barrier and support natural self-repair, while targeting visible skins of aging on the skin. Another must-have is Vichy Thermal Spa Water formulated with a unique concentration of 15 rare minerals— magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, to name a few—to soothe the skin and fortify its natural barrier function. Not to mention, it feels incredibly refreshing when spritzed liberally!
PROTECT AGAINST FREE RADICALS AND UV RAYS
Free radicals and UV rays are not your friends. In fact, this skin-damaging tag team is your skin’s arch nemesis, so you’ll have to fight back. Use broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or more every single day and layer it over an antioxidant-rich product—vitamin C is a fan-favorite. One of our favorite pairings is vitamin C-rich serum SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50.
Easier said than done, right? But seriously, try your darndest not to sweat the small stuff. In order for your skin function properly from the inside out, you’ll need to use the right products in tandem with a proper diet and reduced stress levels. Stress has been proven to take a serious toll on our body’s largest organ. Take a breath, do some yoga, and know that it’s all going to be A-OK.