Posts for tag: skincare
We’ve discussed the various factors that cause our skin to show signs of aging, so it only seems natural to talk about anti-aging sun protection since regular and prolonged sun exposure is the number one factor. It is widely agreed on between dermatologists that 90% of visible signs of aging are caused by the sun’s intense UV rays. In as little as fifteen minutes outside without protection, your skin can be burned and damaged by the sun. Fortunately, anti-aging sun protection practices are simple!
First, let’s break down the difference between UVA and UVB rays and how we can prevent them from harming our body’s protective layer. UVA rays are what cause your skin to tan and in turn develop sun spots, wrinkles, and a leathery texture. UVB rays are what cause your skin to burn and in turn, increase your risk of developing skin cancer. As you can see, both types of rays are harmful, and for this reason, it is vital that you use a sunscreen that is broad spectrum. The American Association of Dermatology recommends that you use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. If you have very fair or sensitive skin, you should opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 50. Anything higher than that doesn’t make much of a difference. The most effective way to reduce premature signs of aging is to protect your skin against those UVA and UVB sun rays.
At Parker Dentistry, we love MD SolarSciences and ColorScience sun protection products. Both brands make several high-quality, mineral-based sunscreens, anti-aging serums, concealers, bronzers, blushes, and moisturizers with at least SPF 30. Ask Honi or Ivonne to fill you in on our favorite anti-aging sun protection products.
Important anti-aging sun protection practices
Limit sun exposure between 10 AM and 2 PM
ALWAYS wear sunscreen, moisturizers, and cosmetic products with SPF 30 or higher
Don’t forget to protect your lips
Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating
Invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses
Wear a sun shirt, hat, and seek shade when spending time outdoors
Be careful when taking medications that increase sun sensitivity
Drink plenty of water
Retinol has long dominated the market as one of the best skincare ingredients to ward off wrinkles and fine lines, correct hyperpigmentation, improve skin texture, unclog pores, fight breakouts, and promote the production of collagen. Until recently, no other active cosmetic ingredient was capable of doing all of the things, especially promote collagen production. While some swear by certain products that contain retinol, for many, this ingredient causes dryness, flaking, and redness. Retinol is a potent chemical derivative from vitamin A and is not suitable for all skin types, especially if you have sensitive skin or are pregnant.
Bakuchiol is the new rave! This botanical extract comes from the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant, which has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is the only extract that has been scientifically proven to do what retinol does but without the dry, red, or flaky skin side effect that some experience when using retinol. Bakuchiol is an excellent alternative for those who are seeking plant-based skin and beauty products, have sensitive skin, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Other active plant-based ingredients that you should look for when looking for your perfect skin care products are beta-carotene, calendula, black cumin seed, grapeseed, moringa, rosehip, and shea butter. The same way that your body needs specific vitamins and minerals to function properly, your skin needs to be adequately supplemented too if you want your skin to age gracefully. This is where extracts like Bakuchiol come in!
Your skin needs to be cleansed, exfoliated, moisturized, protected and nurtured. Everyone has a different skin profile, and different skin types require different vitamins, minerals, and extracts. If anti-aging is the name of your skin care game, high-quality products that contain retinol or bakuchiol can do wonders. These two potent ingredients can help reverse the wear of time on your skin and slow down the appearance of aging.
There is no way to turn back time. There is no way to stop time. Time is both our friend and our enemy. The collective fear of aging is one that has created a continual growth in the anti-aging product and procedure market. It seems every year there are new studies and conclusions made about how to reverse and slow down the wear of time on our skin. To age gracefully, it is valuable to understand what causes our skin to lose its elasticity, smoothness, and dewy glow.
Some factors are intrinsic while others are extrinsic. The more you understand the aging process, the better suited you will be to make decisions that are best for you and your skin. Intrinsic factors that affect our individual aging process are the factors that are out of our control; mainly genetics. Extrinsic factors, as you can probably guess, are external factors that affect the health and appearance of our skin.
As we age, our skin will naturally lose dermal collagen, melanin, hair follicles, and sebaceous glands. The decrease in these four components cause your skin to sag, wrinkle, and dry out. Fortunately, there are you amazing products out there to help combat these noticeable symptoms of aging skin. Products that contain retinol are particularly effective at combating wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation and stimulating collagen production. Oils and creams that contain moringa oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, shea butter, vitamin C and E are also powerful natural ingredients to help revive and revitalize your skin.
The beauty of extrinsic factors is that for the most part, you have control over them. These factors include unprotected exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun, smoking, dehydration, chronic stress, insufficient sleep, and an unhealthy diet. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and our internal body’s shield. It is essential to take care of your skin the way you would take care of your heart, brain, or mouth. Stop smoking, drink more water, eat more real, unprocessed food, manage your stress levels, and treat yourself to eight hours of rest every night. This is the unkept secret to a long and healthy life and for vibrant and healthy skin.
Everyone ages. To think that you can stop the effects of time on your skin is a silly thought and one that causes people to really overdo it on the cosmetic surgery, injections, and skincare fads font. Everyone has some sort of skin concern, whether it is dryness, excess oil, dark spots, or acne. One of the easiest ways to help your skin age gracefully and appear its best is through your diet. Diet is just as important as the other components of your skin regiment, which should definitely include daily sunscreen use, a gentle cleanser, and quality facial oil and other products that are specific to your skin type and skin needs.
Did you know that acne, psoriasis, dry skin, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin could all be partially linked to your diet? What you put into your body will eventually show up on the surface. While we’ve talked about the importance of lycopene, protein, vitamin A, C, and E, omega-3, and sufficient water intake, there are a few other key players that you need to include in your diet to keep your skin looking its best.
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is critical for the enzymes in your body that are responsible for fatty acid metabolism. While very few people are truly deficient in biotin, eating biotin-rich foods is important to help protect your skin against environmental damage and moisture loss. Your skin cells are actually the first ones to exhibit symptoms when biotin levels are low. Fortunately, biotin-rich foods are common and delicious. Egg yolks, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, almonds, and walnuts are all good sources of biotin.
Sulfur is a highly important mineral for skin health and overall wellness. A sulfur deficiency has been linked to many inflammatory and degenerative diseases, as well as the breakdown of collagen in our skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature signs of aging. Sulfur is also necessary to the synthesis of glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants. Remember that antioxidants play a critical role in fighting free radicals, which are one of the leading threats to our skin. Foods like kale, garlic, onions, Brussel sprouts, egg yolks, fish, and poultry are excellent sources of sulfur.
Selenium is a powerhouse antioxidant that helps to ward off inflammation and free radicals. Acne has been linked to low-levels of selenium. Oxidative damage on the skin can appear in the form of visible signs of aging and a dull complexion. A diet rich in selenium will help your skin fight off environmental damage and boost your skin’s radiance. Brazil nuts, fish, spinach, chicken, and turkey all contain this important antioxidant.
Zinc deficiency is unfortunately a common one. Zinc plays a critical role in supporting our immune system. It has healing properties, which benefits damaged skin. Acne has also been linked to low-levels of zinc in the body. Our skin needs all the help it can get since it is constantly exposed to the elements and an abundance of free radicals. You want zinc on your side! Oysters and other shellfish, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, cashews, mushrooms, spinach, and chicken all contain this valuable mineral.
The great thing about eating a healthy skin diet aside from the amazing effects it will have on your skin is that the foods your skin craves are also incredibly important and valuable for the rest of your body. The sooner we realize how important diet and nutrition is to our health and wellness, the sooner we will be feeling, performing, and looking our best. It is far easier to eat healthy now and take care of your one and only body than to try and fix the damage later.
Healthy skin requires love and care from the outside as well as from the inside. We can protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun with mineral sunscreen and the sufficient application of it. We can reduce the appearance of fine lines, soothe red and irritated skin, clear up blemishes, hydrate parched patches, and promote a dewy radiance with the use of natural and essential oils and high quality serums and creams. We can treat our skin to HydraFacials and spa treatments. We can even implement homeopathic home remedies to help our skin look its best. But if your diet and habits are bad, it is likely that your skin will reflect your poor choices.
A healthy diet is crucial for a healthy life. Our systems require certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to function properly and this also includes our skin; the largest organ in our body and the one that protects us from all of the external elements. Think of your skin as your body’s shield on top of it being the physical part of yourself that you present to the world. What goes into your body will eventually reveal itself on your surface.
In the book Feed Your Face, Dr. Jessica Wu offers a few simple insights into the types of foods we should be eating in order to help keep our skin looking younger, smoother, and more radiant. The following foods are also great for the rest of your body too!
Tip one: Eat a variety of color at every meal. The more colorful your plate is with natural foods, the more likely your meal is healthy and well balanced. Three colors in particular that are quite valuable to skin health however are red, yellow, and green. Red, specifically tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is great at fighting free radicals, which contribute to skin damage and early signs of aging. Yellow and green vegetables such as arugula, kale, spinach, and squash are also free radical fighters and can help to reduce the breakdown of collagen. A good rule of thumb is that the darker and brighter the color is the more nutrients it has.
Tip two: Make sure you are eating ample protein. Eating a diet rich in protein is essential for the absorption of amino acids, which come from protein. These acids are key in collagen production. Collagen is what makes your skin strong. Amino acids are also important for the elastic issue in your face. Lack of amino acids will result in lack of strong and supple skin. It is important to remember that protein comes from far more sources than just animals. In fact, plant-based protein is much healthier and more environmentally friendly. Good sources of plant-based protein are lentils, black beans, peanut butter, wild rice, chickpeas, chia seeds, spinach, and steel cut oatmeal.
Tip three: Eat omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, C, and E rich foods. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for strengthening your skin. Foods like sardines, chia seeds, flaxseed, and walnuts are very high in omega-3. Juice Plus+ also recently released a new attention to their line of whole food nutrition, an Omega Blend, that is packed full of all of the omegas! Vitamin A and E are antioxidants that will help your skin’s defense system against free radicals and reduce the signs of premature aging. Almond butter, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe are all full of vitamin A and E. Vitamin C works wonders for collagen production. Make sure to eat plenty of bell peppers, strawberries, citrus, kale, and broccoli to keep your skin plump and supple.
Tip four: Hydrate. Divide your weight by two and that number is the number of ounces of water that you should be drinking on a daily basis. Every system in your body requires water and your skin is no exception. Drinking sufficient water will not only help to flush out toxins, but it will also help to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Here are some more delicious additions to your diet that will benefit your skin:
- Olive oil
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Red wine (1/2 to 1 glass)
- Sunflower seeds