6 Ways to Get Stronger, More Resilient Skin
As we get older, we naturally begin to lose collagen and elastin in our skin, which are two key components that keep it looking firm and youthful. While we all wish we could get rid of signs of aging, spontaneous blemishes, uncomfortable dryness and irritation, these changes won’t come without making some shifts in our current skin-care routine. If you’re looking for skin that is strong and resilient (meaning it can bounce back from whatever internal or external aggressors may be wreaking havoc), then keep reading. Here, we’re sharing six tips that you can try incorporating into your daily routine to help promote stronger, more resilient skin.
Stick to the Basics
In the world of skin care, sometimes less is more — especially if you want to avoid irritation. Don’t overthink your current skin-care routine and make sure you are always using your core products. For example, cleanse and moisturize daily with a gentle, non-comedogenic formula, like the SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.
Go Easy on Exfoliation
Because cell renewal tends to slow down as we age, exfoliating can be helpful if you’re trying to revive dull, lackluster skin. It’s important to note, though, that some physical exfoliants can be too harsh on the skin. That said, make sure not to over exfoliate as it can strip your skin of the moisture it needs to look healthy and radiant. Also make sure to use a gentle physical exfoliant. We love the La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub, which uses ultra-fine pumice particles to very gently remove dead skin cells.
Don’t Disrupt Your Skin’s pH
For our skin’s 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 spontaneous breakout or skin irritation. Steer clear of irritating formulas that can have an alkalizing effect on the skin, which can strip it of its natural oils and leave the skin barrier vulnerable to aggressors.
Add Lipids to Your Routine
To help improve your skin’s barrier function and in turn achieve stronger skin, moisturize with lipids, like ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids. The SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a moisturizing blend of 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol and 2% fatty acids that can help restore the skin’s external barrier and support natural self-repair while targeting visible skins of aging. Another must-have is the Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Face Moisturizer, which is formulated with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water and a unique concentration of 15 rare minerals, including magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium, to hydrate, plump and fortify the skin.
Protect Against Free Radicals and UV Rays
Free radicals and UV rays can wreak havoc if you’re looking to get stronger skin. Use broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or more every single day and layer it over an antioxidant-rich product. One of our favorite pairings is the vitamin C-rich serum SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50.
Try to Relax
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. With that said, take a breath, try taking up a new exercise class like yoga and rest assure that everything is going to be A-OK.
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