Keys for Maintaining a Youthful Appearance

Stacey Lanter

Posted on June 19 2018

Keys for Maintaining a Youthful Appearance


The number one questions that I've been asked over the years by my clients is what the best ingredients are to combat aging and over-all skin clarity?  Beauty starts from within.  A proper nutritional diet with a variety of color from fruits and vegetables along with proper hydration are a good start.  Using skin care products suited for your individual skin type is also essential.  Internally drink plenty of water as hydration is a key factor in overall skin health.  If your body is dehydrated the signs will be clear in your skin.  The skin can be oil dry, lacking in lipids or water dry, lacking in proper hydration.  You can be one or the other and yes even both simultaneously, however these levels and conditions can change from day to day just like the weather!  If your skin looks like the peel of an onion, you’re water dry.  It also will show under the eyes as dark circles not to mention fine lines are more prominent with dehydration.  Sugar is another one to use in great moderation, as sugar dehydrates the cells and starves them from proper nutrients, it also creates free radicals within the body.  Ladies and Gents, diet sodas are not the answer either as they dehydrate you more and create cravings that you wouldn't otherwise have for sweets and salty junk food snacks not to mention they weigh in on cortisol production (belly fat).  Water is always going to be your number one choice to hydrate over anything, apart from Coconut water and as a bonus it replaces lost electrolytes.  I'm not saying to give up your coffee or tea, however in my honest opinion it’s not a terrible idea but in the very least drink these in moderation.  As far as vitamins go I recommend a daily regimen of a combination of Vitamin C, E, COQ10 and a hyaluronic acid supplement.  These are the building blocks for healthy skin.  Vitamins C & E work synergistically in that C Boosts Collagen production, and E will boost the Elasticity in the skin.  COQ-10 helps in aiding cells to fight free radicals which cause us to age as they damage our living cells.  Vitamin Q is the power house of anti-oxidants!  If you are in your 20's yay for you because you have the most COQ10 in your body that you will ever have.  By the time we’re in our 30's our supply of this wonderful vitamin is slowly beginning to diminish.  As an aesthetician we harp on everyone to use SPF to protect the skin from UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays) plus to fight against the suns aging factors.  Using sun protectants however decreases the bodies Vitamin D formation that we get from the sun, the best form of vitamin D we can get naturally.  Many people are unaware that Vitamin D deficiency is a world-wide problem and without this essential vitamin we compromise our immune systems to a variety of disease and autoimmune conditions.  Most doctors do not even address this as something to test for.  We must be our own advocates when it comes to our health.  25-Hydroxy is the specific test one would need to ask for if concerned about these levels.  Trust me as I know first-hand on the D deficiency topic! With that being said Vitamin D also plays its role in cell metabolism and cell growth.  Helping to relieve dry, itchy and flaky skin.  So sometimes their are other factors creating the skin's conditions coming from not just dehydration but other internal conditions within the body.  Another important factor is your daily skin care routine and the products you use.  Many friends will ask me why they can't use just drug store products and see the same results as with professional products.  I hear often, "but my mother and my grandmother used these.” The problem with and why these products and other similar over the counter ones from drugstores and department stores don't work is because their molecular structure is too large, and their ingredients cannot even begin to penetrate through those deeper dermal layers of skin to even remotely cause any effect or changes in the skin.  They mainly aid the skin by sitting on the outer most surface and create an environmental shield.  Other than that, they are not benefiting you in any way shape or form.  The old cliché beauty is only skin deep…well I've got news for you, your skin is several layers deep and to be affected positively, efficiently, and effectively, it all starts with using ingredients that matter.  Active ingredients: Your Alpha hydroxy acids (lactic & glycolic) acids are an example derived from milk or tomatoes, beta hydroxy acid (Salicylic) derived from Aspirin or the Willow Bark tree. & plant stem cells. These are what combat anti-aging, acne, pigmentation, and an entire variety of skin concerns, and disorders.  Next time you read your cleanser ingredients watch out for things like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate.  These ingredients are cheap surfactants that are used primarily to give product its foaming action but strip the skin of its protective lipid barrier or “acid mantle.” Your cleanser should never be stripping of your delicate facial skin.  So not all cleansers are created equal and some could be the cause of some of the skin problems I’ve seen over the years among new clients.  Just be an informed and cautious consumer.  A great place to start looking is to google "Scale of Comedogenic" this is a great way to see what your ingredients in your products are telling you.  On a final note, be sure to cleanse the skin a.m. and p.m. removing all traces of makeup, and environmental pollutants. 

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