6 Secrets To Gorgeous Skin
Some people win the hereditary lottery when it comes to good skin. Not all skin is created equal and you can’t underestimate the value of genetics. But genes are just the starting point. Beautiful skin is also about good skin care habits practiced day in and day out. Here we share a few of the secrets to stunning skin.
No. 1 and No. 2: Smoking No, Sunscreen Yes
Imagine two people starting out with the same exact DNA. One smoked and sunbathed, the other avoided both. Would that make a difference in the appearance of their skin? Yes.
Those who smoke and spend lots of time outdoors without wearing sunscreen look years older. They have more fine lines, deeper and more plentiful wrinkles.
Many of the things that patients complain about — dull, rough skin and uneven skin tone -are related to chronic sun exposure and studies have shown that smoking is associated with premature wrinkling.
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days.
- Reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours when outdoors.
- Don’t smoke — for the sake of your overall health as well as your appearance.
No. 3: Consider Retinoids
Retinoids unplug pores, help clear up acne, reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, lighten brown spots and freckles, and improve skin texture. They can even help treat precancerous lesions.
Retinoids are sold by prescription only under names that include Renova, Retin-A, and the generic Tretinoin. We sell a very popular product in our office called A-Gel, a special formulation of Tretinoin which includes aloe vera in order to reduce any unwanted side effects such as dryness, flaking or redness.
Dr. Jones advises that a retinoid be the foundation of any topical anti-aging regimen.
He recommends that men and women make a retinoid part of their evening regimen beginning in their 20s.
No. 4: Keep Skincare Simple
Overuse of products is the biggest mistake people make in their skincare regimen.
Using a lot of different ingredients can be irritating, and some ingredients cancel out each other’s benefits.
For example, the acid in salicylic or glycolic acid breaks down ingredients like retinol, hydroquinone, or vitamin C. More is not necessarily better.
The simpler your skincare regimen, the more likely you are to stick with it.
No. 5: Give Products Time to Work
Changing your products every couple of weeks can also be counterproductive.
Give them a chance. Finish the entire tube or bottle of a skincare product before you decide how well it works.
You might, though, want to adjust your beauty regimen seasonally, swapping, say, the oil-free moisturizer you use in the summer for one that’s more emollient during the winter when cooler temperatures and indoor heating can rob your skin of moisture.
The exception: If your skin reacts with swelling, redness, or burning to a new product you’ve tried, stop using it immediately.
No. 6: A Balanced Life Leads to Your Best Skin
Regular sleep optimizes the natural secretion of human growth hormone, which promotes cell turnover and collagen production. And exercise increases circulation and the flow of nutrients to the skin.
The bottom line: The key to gorgeous skin turns out to be a mix of science, common sense, overall good health habits, and a simple stick-to-it skincare regimen.
Dr. Jones brings years of experience while working closely with his Licensed Medical Esthetician to develop the optimal skin care regimen for those interested in keeping their skin looking young and healthy.
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