Here’s the unfortunate truth: buying a well-advertised anti-aging cream will not necessarily work for you even if it’s scientifically proven to rejuvenate the skin. What works for a celebrity actress or model you see in a commercial or read about in a magazine may not help you as much as you expect.
Why? Because your skin is unique.
Sometimes, the product may not be right for you. Or, you may have found the right product but need to make a few tweaks to your beauty routine or lifestyle to experience its full benefits.
Not seeing results? Here are five reasons your anti-aging skincare routine may need an adjustment.
1. You’re Not Using the Right Skin Care Products
You can only choose the right skin care products if you know your skin type. Do you have oily skin, dry skin, or a combination of both oily and dry skin? Do you have sensitive skin? Do you have any skin issues or allergies?
You can’t make an educated guess. You can only make the right decision about your skin care products and your beauty routine when you have an in-depth understanding of your skin. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a skin care expert when you’re making changes to your daily regimen.
2. You’re Not Leveraging Skin Care Treatments
Although there are many types of skin problems, we’re fortunate to be living in a time when there are almost as many scientifically-based solutions you can try.
Some skin care services that might be able to help you with your particular skin care problems are chemical peels, Dermalinfusion, laser skin resurfacing, or intense pulsed light (IPL).
Let’s take a closer look at each of these skin care services:
- Chemical peels. This skincare service for the face is also called derma-peeling or chemexfoliation. It’s an anti-aging treatment that uses chemicals to rejuvenate your skin.
- Dermalinfusion. Adds volume to the skin, exfoliates, refreshes and brightens, and reduces imperfections like fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.
- Laser skin resurfacing. Removes damaged outer layers of the skin using laser light energy. It stimulates both the production of collagen and the growth of new skin cells in underlying layers of your skin.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™). Addresses aging facial skin, hereditary skin blemishes, and sun damage.
3. You’re Not Eating Healthy Foods
A diet rich in meat products and processed foods can cause your skin to get dry, look dull, or break out frequently. Eating junk foods like potato chips, ice cream, and pre-made popcorn can also have a negative effect your skin.
Of course, it’s difficult to change your diet overnight—so ease into it. Limit how often you eat unhealthy foods and increase your consumption of healthier options. The best foods for soft, smooth skin will also improve your overall health.
Include fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in your diet. The more you choose healthy foods, the more your skin will glow with natural health.
Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to drink an ounce of water for each pound of body weight. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink at least 140 ounces of water each day.
Since it can be initially difficult to drink this much water, start with half an ounce of water for each pound of body weight and work your way up.
If you’re eating fairly healthy meals but still have dehydrated skin, then another thing to consider is your alcohol consumption. If you’re a social drinker, alcoholic beverages might be dehydrating your skin. Your skill will look healthier once you limit your intake.
4. You’re Not Changing Your Pillowcase Often Enough
Although your pillowcase may look clean, it will accumulate bacteria, dead skin, makeup residue, dust, and sweat if you don’t wash it regularly.
Wash your pillowcase at least once a week and keep spare pillowcases for those times when you’re too busy to do laundry.
5. You’re Not Washing Your Makeup Off Before Bedtime
Since the skin is a highly absorbent organ, the chemicals in your makeup will gradually affect your skin. If you don’t wash your face every night before you go to bed, your skin will absorb your makeup. Some common signs of this happening include blotchy skin, dark circles under your eyes, or frequent acne breakouts.
If you are too tired to wash your face every night, buy some makeup removal wipes—but only use these as an emergency solution. Most nights, be sure to wash your makeup off and apply a moisturizer before you go to bed.
It takes a consistent effort to have healthy, glowing skin. When you use these five tips, your anti-aging products will be more effective. Taking care of your body by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, and establishing a healthy sleep routine will also help your skin look youthful.
If you need some expert advice on your skin or want to explore professional skin care options, then contact Buckingham Center in Austin, TX, to schedule a consultation. Dr. Buckingham and his knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you create a skin care plan that works for you. Call 512.401.2500 today to make an appointment.