How can I make my skin look younger naturally?

With dermal fillers and other cosmetic enhancements so popular in today’s day and age it’s easy to get confused and even feel overwhelmed about what’s right for our skin.

It seems many of us want to do what we can to stay youthful, so we end up with up with a bunch of expensive products and tools that we don’t even know how to use or worse, are completely wrong for our skin type.

There are many non-invasive, nontoxic alternatives to botox including cosmetic acupuncture, gua sha, cryotherapy and light therapy.

Before we even begin to explore our options there are 5 ways we can naturally ensure our skin is rejuvenated and staying youthful.

Get enough sleep: While you sleep, your skin's blood flow increases, and collagen works to repair damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. Have you even noticed your own natural glow after a good night’s sleep? They don’t call it beauty sleep for no reason, so start with making sure you get your 8 hours.

Stay hydrated: You’ve probably heard this one time and time again. Keeping yourself hydrated is the simplest way to improve your skin, hydration improves the elasticity of your skin, making it look bright. Dehydration dries your skin, causing it to look dull and make fine lines more noticeable.  However, here is another way to keep your skin hydrated, for anyone in the 30+ range, you should be adding moisture to your skin trice a day. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, which attracts and retains water on the surface of the skin.

Take care of your gut: If you are experiencing any problems with your gut health, often your skin is the messenger. Studies show that beautiful complexions start in the gut, with increasing evidence that a balanced gut microbiome is important for healthy skin.  Adding some prebiotic foods (garlic, leeks, bananas & apples are all easy ones to start with) to your diet and a daily dose of a probiotic supplement to your diet can be a game changer for youthful skin that glows from the outside.

Use sunscreen: Incorporating a sunscreen into your daily routine is a must, regardless of the weather conditions.  There are two main types of sunscreen mineral and chemical.

Mineral: Mineral sunscreen is a type of sunscreen that is formulated with the minerals zinc oxide or titanium oxide—or sometimes both—as the active ingredient that provides UV protection.

Chemical: Chemical sunscreens contain organic compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. This type of sunscreen absorbs into the skin then the compounds work as absorbers of UV rays as they attempt to enter the skin.

How to add sunscreen to your skincare regime: If you're using a chemical sunscreen, it needs to be applied first. This is because chemical sunscreen needs to penetrate the skin in order to provide protection. However, if you're using a mineral sunscreen, it should be applied last after moisturiser as it acts as a barrier to your skin. If you are going to also apply makeup, allowing approximately five minutes for it to absorb before putting on your makeup.

Remove make up and cleanse properly
Even though you have just removed your makeup, that doesn't mean your skin is clean. Once you have removed all your make up ensure to cleanse the skin to ensure the removal of all dirt, oil, and other impurities that can clog pores.

If you are using a cleansing tool, make sure you are regularly cleaning it and it is free from bacteria.

That’s why we love our Ellodi Facial Cleanser because not only is it anti-bacterial it comes with a travel cover for extra protection between cleans. 

A bonus tip: For an overall naturally younger looking appearance is not to forget your lips. As your last step of your night-time routine apply a thick layer of a hydrating lip balm, serum or cream with anti-aging benefits to lock in moisture, fill lines and boost fullness.

Where do I start? It’s important to not feel overwhelmed, don’t take on more than you can fit into your day. You also need to give any change to your routine to take effect, so stick with one or two thing that work for you and then add something else if you have time. The key is to do your best to be consistent, which will help you to slow the inevitable effects of ageing.

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