The Fluff Report: Wrinkles, Wrinkles, go away...

September 24, 2012

Wrinkles, Wrinkles, go away...

5 skin saving beauty items

I'm on a never-ending quest for new anti-aging products or advice on how to keep my skin looking younger and more vibrant. I'm deathly afraid of heights and starting my day without coffee but wrinkles are right on up there too. I don't have a ton of time to pamper and primp but these 5 tips are easy enough to follow on most days. 

1. Exfoliation: Exfoliating dead skin cells unclogs pores and brightens skin. Overdoing it though with harsh scrubs can impair skin barrier function. Our skin barrier helps prevent bacteria from getting in and causing chronic inflammation. This can impair our skin's antioxidant defense and cause higher levels of free radicals which can lead to premature aging. I use a Clarisonic face brush for exfoliating. It's much gentler on skin by using sound-wave technology to loosen dirt.

2. Retinol: Retinoids is a phrase to describe all vitamin-A derivatives used in skin care. Retin-A is the prescription vitamin-A derivative tretinoin. It helps fight signs of aging by speeding up exfoliation, repairing skin on a molecular level and boosts new collagen production. (Collagen gives skin it's firmness and strength) I like to use a nightly retinol cream. Retinol is the most effective over the counter retinoid. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so I use these sparingly in the summer months.

3. Lighten up: Uneven skin tone and pigmentation can age you more than wrinkles. Find a serum or cream with hydroquinone. Hydroquinone prevents the formation of new pigment and can lighten age spots, freckles or other skin discolorations. Try Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

4. Sunscreen: Wear daily sun protection year round. Make sure it protects against UVA and UVB rays. I use ComfortZone Resonance which not only contains daily SPF but doubles as my moisturizer as well. I've tried to be conscious of keeping my face out of the sun by wearing a hat and sunglasses whenever I know I'll be out during the most potent sun hours, or when I think the paparazzi might be trying to follow me. That's 10am-2pm, by the way.

5. Hydrate: Whenever something goes wrong in my life, I blame it on not drinking enough water. Hey~someone's gotta be the fall guy and water intake tends to affect everything, including skin appearance. Water hydrates cells and moves toxins out and nutrients in. Cut down on caffeine but don't think I'm telling you to stop drinking coffee. I would never do that to you. 

If you run out of time or your eyes are crossing with all this information, try a beauty balm. These tinted face creams usually contain a moisturizer, SPF, anti-aging ingredients and make-up primer all in one. Some to try are Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB cream, Bobbi Brown BB cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, or Too Faced Tinted BB SPF 20. 

BB creams

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