You don’t need to get surgery to look like you had a facelift! These tips for ageless skin start with step one: realize the difference between how your skin looks (extrinsic skin age) and how old your skin really is (intrinsic skin age).
The second step is figuring out how to lower your extrinsic skin age – which is what these tips are all about!
Before the tips, a quip:
“If you want ageless skin, don’t buy skin care products that are purported to reduce wrinkles and age spots,” said Dr Oz on a recent show. “Instead, buy skin care products that suit your skin.” (paraphrased)
Dr Oz explained that if you have dry skin (like I do), then I should get skin care creams that moisturize dry skin. If you have oily skin, then you should look for products that take the oil out. This is the secret for ageless skin — not buying skin care products that claim to offer “facelifts without surgery.” Don’t fall for the anti-aging advertising!
And, here are more tips for ageless skin, mostly from dermatologist Dr Doris Day…
A Facelift Without Surgery – 6 Tips for Ageless Skin
Stop using skin toner – it doesn’t create ageless skin
“I don’t usually recommend skin toners, although many people believe that toners are a key part of good skin care,” writes Dr Day in Forget the Facelift: Turn Back the Clock with a Revolutionary Program for Ageless Skin. If you like using your skin toner or find that it really works (or both), then keep using it. But remember that the facelift without surgery effect doesn’t require expensive toners or anti-aging skin care products.
Eat anti-aging foods – they give the benefits of a facelift without surgery
In general, foods that are good for your body are also good for your skin. Foods for ageless skin include sunflower seeds, tomatoes, peaches, spinach, papaya, and pumpkin for Vitamin A. “Vitamin C is an especially important component of the anti-aging process because it is essential in the production of collagen,” writes Dr Day. Eat bell peppers, citrus fruits, berries, pears, cucumber, green peas, navy beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and barley for the anti-aging effects of Vitamin C. The B-complex vitamins help keep your skin ageless and should be part of any skin care regimen: meats, strawberries, yogurt, cranberries, squash, and tomatoes.
If you live in a dry climate, read How to Protect Your Skin in Dry Weather and Cold Climates.
Establish your morning skin care regime
In the morning, wash your face with a gentle cleanser or mild soap. Apply a light moisturizer (such as Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer) with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher – and stroke upward and outward, not downwards. Then, use a foundation with more sunscreen protection, or use sunscreen that’s made for facial skin. These tips for a facelift without surgery is basic, easy, and effective.
Use firming and exfoliation masks for ageless skin
Do you have dull, dry skin? Exfoliate once a week to make your skin appear healthier, and use a firming mask once a month. Exfoliation helps rid the outer layer of your skin of old dead cells, while firming masks tighten pores and improve blood circulation to your skin. Both of these skin care masks offer the benefits of a facelift without surgery.
Establish a healthy night-time skin care regime
“If you wear contact lenses, remove them before cleansing, and try to get the hang of taking each lens out directly from your eye rather than pulling the skin around your eye taut, unless otherwise instructed by your eye doctor,” writes Dr Day in Forget the Facelift: Turn Back the Clock with a Revolutionary Program for Ageless Skin. For healthy skin, apply a rich moisturizer before you go to bed – and don’t moisturize your nose (it’s generally an oily skin spot). To give moisturizer time to sink in, apply it 30 minutes before you put your face on the pillow.
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Do you have any thoughts on ageless skin – or getting a facelift without surgery? Comments welcome below!