it’s safe to say our culture is obsessed with aging. but the truth of the matter is that aging is unavoidable. that’s why this blog and social channels are dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty. as we age (and we’re all aging, even newborns), it’s important to make healthy choices that affect our physical and mental well-being. the good news is it’s never too late to start! especially when it comes to skincare. even if you have neglected a skincare regimen your entire life, you can begin today and expect results. and skincare needn’t be expensive. today, we’re taking a look at anti-aging skincare on a budget.
but first, let’s talk about five key reasons our skin ages and several things we can do to mitigate aging.
collagen is the connective tissue responsible for the firmness of our skin. when we hit our thirties, our bodies begin to lose collagen. loss of collagen leads to wrinkles and dull skin. and our skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic.
Exposure to UV radiation
damage from UV exposure ranges from premature wrinkles to dangerous skin cancer. the degree of damage depends on the intensity of UV rays and the length of time your skin has been exposed without protection. unfortunately, growing up in the seventies, i did not incorporate sunscreen into my routine. instead, i baked for hours in the sun with baby oil causing numerous sunburns…
skin oxidizes just like a penny or a car. oxidative stress starts with free radicals found in the environment like air pollution, smoking, even pesticides. hello, 21st century.
there are all sorts of causes for inflammation, but the chief culprit is stress and a poor diet, which causes your body to produce hormones that affect insulin levels.
eating too much sugar is another cause of inflammation. sugar molecules bond to skin and break down collagen and elastin.
now that we’ve taken a look at different reasons why our skin ages, let’s talk about what we can do to take care of our skin. here are a few tips for incorporating into our routine besides anti-aging skincare on a budget.
Protect your skin from the sun every day
Apply self-tanner rather than get a tan
If you smoke, stop
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
Drink less alcohol
Exercise most days of the week
Get a good night sleep
and now, let’s focus on those anti-aging skincare products on a budget. it’s important to create a skincare regimen for morning and evening. our skin is our largest organ, so it’s of utmost importance to take care of it. and, no, you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to skincare. there’s an anti-aging skincare product for every budget.
three or four times a week, i use retinol at night
twice a week, i exfoliate my skin
once a week, i use a masque and/or a peel.
retinol, sunscreen, and vitamin C are non-negotiables in my skincare routine. here’s why. retinoids are the class of vitamin A derived ingredients that include retinol, which is a milder version of retin A. some of us have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate retin A but hopefully can use retinol, which helps increase new cell turnover and activates natural collagen production, leaving us with firmer brighter skin. anti-oxidant vitamin C penetrates your skin, increasing the production of collagen (notice how collagen production is the most important factor in keeping our skin in tip-top shape), reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and brightening our skin tone. before i put on my makeup, i use sunscreen on my face, neck, chest, and hands.
Retinoid / Retinol:
Vitamin C Serums