I have been wanting to talk about my anti-aging skincare routine for a while. And not too long ago I had the pleasure of sitting down at New Bloom Summit with Dr Layke and Dr Danielpour of Beverly Hills MD. The panel, moderated by Dr Kayte, was all about growing beauty trends. Now being the only non-doctor on the panel, I was a bit intimidated. I’m just a beauty blogger who loves beauty products, how am I going to hold my own with these board-certified plastic surgeons?!
After answering a couple questions about beauty trends, I quickly learned that even though these plastic surgeons are in the business of cosmetic surgery, we actually had a lot of the same thoughts on where beauty trends are heading. Dr Pay, Dr John, and I all agreed that natural beauty is really in right now and will be for a long time. We also all agreed that taking preventative measures before you need surgery is the way to go. Then when you need a little extra love, go for a subtle, natural procedure where you’ll have people guessing if you got any work done.
I’m a Botox lover and unafraid to say it.
I also watch my diet and use preventative measures to keep my youth lasting as long as possible. Down the road, I wouldn’t be opposed to getting some work done but I definitely would only trust people like Dr Pay and Dr John who have similar values and a natural approach.
After speaking with the doctors of Beverly Hills MD, I needed to learn more. So I asked them a question I’m sure a lot of women are wondering too; how do I start an anti-aging skincare routine and when should I start?! The doctors gave me a lot of great advice that I’m going to share with you guys today. They also sent me products they thought are necessary when starting an anti-aging skincare routine.
1. Diet + Hydrate From Within
We all know the obvious ‘drink a lot of water’ – but what is A LOT when it comes to anti-aging? The recommended amount according to WebMD is a 1/2 to 1 ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. So if you weigh 120 lbs, “A LOT” of water would equal 120 ounces a day. And if you live in hotter climates like desert or humid areas, you should add 20 to 50 ounces to that number! So when they say a lot, they aren’t kidding. It can actually become a chore to drink that much water. There is a really great water bottle that you can use to help you keep track of your water intake by the hour here on Amazon.
And then there’s diet…you’re not going to like this one.
The reality is that the things we love are not our friends in the anti-aging war. All of those salty and sweet delights will do you no good in this fight. Amazingly, chocolate is the worst culprit. We constantly see the advertising that dark chocolate has anti-oxidants and that it is ‘good’ for us. However, the truth is that the caffeine found in all chocolate dehydrates our body and skin. So if you’re drinking all of that water, and downing a stack of 75% Cacao, unfortunately, it’s almost canceling our the water intake. Of course, everything in moderation, but if you can handle cutting chocolate out of your diet, you will do wonders for your skin.
Along with cutting out chocolate out of our anti-aging diet comes all other caffeine.
Yes, even you Chai Tea drinkers, the caffeine we take into our bodies is doing our skin no favors. 400mg of caffeine is considered ‘safe’. If you do the math, this is equal to two non-sweetened Grande iced coffees a day.. So if that is ‘the max’ you should have in a day, and you’re adding chocolate, you can see how easy it is to go into the dangerous levels per day. Our skin tells us a lot about our diet. In the anti-aging world, there is a ton of emphasis on the ‘bags under the eyes’ being associated with being tired and looking older. Take out caffeine, and you’ll see those little bags disappear!
As for what to put in your body – BLUEBERRIES. Did you know you actually can not over-eat blueberries? They are the number one anti-aging superfood. Put them in your smoothie in the morning, take a handful at lunch, and mix some dried ones into your salad at dinner. They are magic anti-aging berries. Next in line to the little blue wonders are spinach, sprouting broccoli, watercress, papaya, red bell peppers, and shitake mushrooms. You will see avocados on this list if you search around, but if you have oily skin, remember that avocado will make your skin more oily as well as any other oily food or seed.
There are so many anti-aging cleansing products out there. You could go dizzy trying to find the right one. But the most important thing to remember is that you have to make it a part of your daily routine or it won’t work as it should. I think the easiest way is to have your facial routine set-up in the shower, it’s simple to add it to the end of your shower and your pores are nice and open from the warm water.
If you are just starting your routine and are looking for a great cleanser, the Rose Stem Cell Daily Cleaner is amazing. It smells beautiful and will leave your skin feeling smooth and tight.
It’s important to not exfoliate every night. Think about it in the way that if you worked out the same muscle group every day, you wouldn’t give your muscles time to repair and grow. Exfoliating every other day or every 2 days allows for your skin cells to grow in fresh and keeps your glow going. Keep an exfoliating brush and pad in your shower to add it to your routine every two or three days.
One product that I’m loving is the Resurface Restore Youth Revealing System, which is a two-step system that combines deep exfoliation with skin-firming support, to help give skin a fresh, even, youthful look. Another one is the Skin Renewing Polish – this magical cream saves your skin a few years by gently buffing away dead skin cells. Your skin is instantly renewed for a radiant finish with every use.
4. Hydrate From The Outside + Serums
While we need all the water our bodies can handle, our skin also needs that hydrating love on the outside. Anti-aging skincare is all about multi-directional treatment. By moisturizing your skin at the end of the day, you’re allowing it to fully restore and soak up all the goodness it needs to keep looking youthful. I think that two great products to add to your regiment are the Brighten Tighter Restorative Facial Oil and the Deep Regenerating Stem Cell Moisturizer. The oil is designed to correct the signs of Lipid Barrier Breakdown — like sagging skin, dark spots, and dullness. The moisturizer is designed to restore that healthy, youthful look your complexion once had—by giving skin a radiant, seemingly ageless glow.
5. Treat Yo’ Self
Lastly, to really add an extra punch to your anti-aging skincare routine, add in masks 2 to 3 times per week. It’s kind of like sealing the whole routine together by kicking out any straggler dead skins cells. Make sure to pay attention to the directions! Some masks are activated by warm water. Iff the water is too hot (or too cold) those ingredients won’t get activated correctly. Also, take note of timing, you don’t want to leave some masks on too long since your skin is at its most porous state and the masks have timing suggestions for a reason.
The Firm Balance Mineral Mask and Ageless Volume Hyaluronic Mask are both great for treating your skin to TLC. They firm, tighten, revitalize, and balance hydration in the skin and leave your face feeling like you just erased 5+ years.
Above everything, remember that your skin is one of a kind, just like you.
You have to find what works best for you and that might mean some trial and error. If you feel like a daily routine is not enough to satisfy your want for youthful skin, then search for a doctor who has the same values in their practice that you have in your desired results. Like I mentioned in the beginning, it is super important that you see eye-to-eye with whoever does your work. You don’t want to go in wanting a natural look and come out with the ever-so-NOT-natural cat eyes! Do your research and be confident before going into any type of procedure. With all of these tips and tricks, you’re sure to turn the clock back.