Our largest organ often gets overlooked and taken for granted, but you can start making small changes to your daily routine to see and feel big differences in the health and appearance of your skin.
Fuel Your Skin
Increasing healthy fats and antioxidants, drinking more water throughout the day, and limiting processed carbohydrates and sugar will give your skin the nutrients it needs to shine.
Add healthy fats from fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds to your diet. These are packed with omega-3s, zinc, and vitamins E & C to help fight inflammation and support elasticity, while also keeping skin thick, supple, and moisturized.
Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods such as dark, leafy greens, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, root vegetables, dark chocolate, and green tea. Antioxidants are critical in neutralizing free radicals that promote aging. They also support collagen development and help fight oxidative stress caused by the sun and the environment.
Establish a Consistent Skincare Routine
Ideally, you want to set up a morning and evening skincare routine. Your morning routine will consist of using a light cleanser, toner, or serum followed by a moisturizer that contains a physical sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. Easy peasy. Don’t forget to treat your neck, chest, and hands.
We hear all the time from patients who forget to wash their makeup off before bed. Eeek! Removing your makeup before bed is critical for achieving healthy skin. Thoroughly cleanse your face of all the environmental pollutants, dirt, and grime that have collected over the day. Put on a hydrating or calming serum and your favorite night cream and then add retinol. Our providers recommend adding retinol as the last step because it will help your skin absorb all the nourishing products you apply beforehand.
Establishing a consistent skincare routine helps slough off dead skin, keep acne at bay, and improve the texture, tone, and integrity of your skin. We also recommend scheduling a professional facial at least once a month to treat pores and assist in cellular turnover, while infusing vitamins and antioxidants deep into the skin with treatments like a HydraFacial or Oxygen Facial. Our clinic, RejuvenationMD, offers a wide range of services including chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and much more.
Slow the Appearance of Age
When it comes to the appearance of age, treating sun damage, and preventing wrinkles, a healthy diet and skincare routine are not enough. For this kind of skin recovery, you need to employ treatments like Halo™ Pro and Forever Young™ BBL (broadband light).
Our clinic recommends getting one Halo Pro laser treatment a year. Halo resurfaces the skin, removing hyperpigmentation as it stimulates new collagen development, tackling wrinkles head-on. BBL, which has been proven to reverse aging at the molecular level, is a phenomenal treatment that keeps your skin bright and youthful. We recommend one treatment a month for five months for the initial correction phase and then one treatment per quarter to maintain results. The broadband light treats layers of the skin, eliminating red spots, small vessels, freckles, and unwanted sun damage deep within the skin while promoting new collagen development. RejuvenationMD, Bellingham: 360.685.8408; Burlington: 360.982.2620.