The key to soft, smooth, glowing, and clear skin is healthy skin, which will help to feminize your looks. This subject needs research to really know what to do, so I did the research for you! =) Though, I recommend you try to look it up on your own as well when you get the chance! These things are what you need to know to achieve healthy and beautiful skin.
Research has shown that 90% of wrinkles and aging on the skin is caused by, guess what, the sun. UVA light and sun damage is the #1 cause of premature aging in women and men. Even at low-level exposures, UVA light breaks down collagen, which causes wrinkles. Even in the winter when its not hot outside and even when there are thin clouds covering. Its what makes brown spots on the skin. Scientists have even found that UVA is the main culprit for many melanomas because it reaches deep into the underlying support structure of the skin. It is also responsible for the thing you hear so much about, skin cancer.
This doesn't mean we should make an under ground society or live a wonderful life under the sea like in the little mermaid, but that would be really neat! The best thing to do is wear sunscreen anytime at all you go outside with an SPF of 15 or more and one that has both UVA and UVB protection. There are many make up foundations that are both make up and sunscreen. There are also many sunscreens you can wear under make up. Also you can use a sun umbrella, a hat with a large rim, UVA protected sunglasses and anything you can do to cover up when going outside. Its what any doctor and any dermatologist will tell you, to wear sunscreen anytime you go outside, as much as you can.
❤ You are what you eat
There is some truth to that, what you eat spreads throughout your body while its being digested and if it has unhealthy things like grease, trans fat or a lot of sugar, its not going to make your body feel good and it even effects your skin. It can become too oily, start breaking out, slow down collagen production which makes wrinkles and many other things depending on what you eat. However if you start to eat healthy, with the right vitamins and nutrients, your skin, body and overall well being will be amazing! The vitamins to look for that are good for your skin are the vitamins A, C and E.
It's good to occasionally look up the best things that boost collagen growth. From every dermatological source I've seen it's Aloe Vera as a topical gel or as a supplement for the skin. Vitamin C as well, which is critical for the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, which is what your skin is made of. Antioxidants too, which are substances that help to protect the body, including your skin, from free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are everywhere. You can get them by just being outside and they slowly damage the skin. Green tea is a one of the best sources of antioxidants for the skin. Other foods that come super close are fruits like blueberries and spices like cinnamon and peppermint, which are great for adding to coffee with a creamer that's made to be healthy. Surprisingly, eating cilantro, the herb, is great for your skin. Cilantro contains linolenic acid, which has been studied as a powerful anti-aging factor for your skin.
Biotin is a nutrient that helps us keep a young, attractive appearance since it plays a major part in maintaining the health of our hair, nails and skin. In fact, biotin sometimes gets the nickname the "H" vitamin, which stems from the German words Haar and Haut that mean "hair and skin.". There are softgels with Biotin you can look up. 5000mcg of Biotin once daily is a good amount.
❤ Retinoids To Help Protect Against Aging, and Wrinkles
Using over the counter Retinol based night cream, along with a alpha-hydroxy acid cream can help to reduce wrinkles, and aging, and protect against them happening in the future. Tretinoin was the first retinoid approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles, which is even more effective. This prescription retinoid works by increasing the making of new collagen. It also stimulates new blood vessels in the skin, giving skin a rosy appearance, fading age spots, and reducing precancerous skin spots called actinic keratosis. Tretinoin also may help prevent more serious effects of ultraviolet radiation.
Using any cream with Retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acids make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it's good to wear sunscreen while using them, and there are sunscreens that are made to go under makeup.
If someone is willing to meet with a dermatologist they can give you more drastic help with wrinkles, or any other cosmetic things you have in mind. Some don't have patients for cosmetic reasons, so try to find a cosmetic dermatologist.
❤ Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring and found throughout the body’s connective tissue. It's the main component of what gives your skin structure, and as a serum, it will make your skin plump and very hydrated since it attracts the body's natural moisture to the skin. The best thing to do is to apply Hyaluronic Acid let it have time to settle in the skin, about a minute or so, gently wipe it, and then a moisturizing lotion or oil, then gently wipe that from the skin. You can take Hyaluronic Acid Supplement as a powder or a pill, and it will boost collagen growth and help to keep your skin plump.
❤ Very important...Vibration
No joke, this is a game changer, the best thing I've tried. It removed wrinkles, greatly reduced deep wrinkles. It smoothed out, plumped, and firmed the skin. It cleared the skin. It took away a lot of hyper pigmentation as well. It did these things more than any serum, cream, or anything I've tried. It also rounded out the face so you look more like an anime girl lol.
The way to do it is to get a "mini body massager". There's some you can buy online. At the moment, "Homedics" makes a lot of good ones. They also can vibrate on the face, and when they do it's amazing. You also need a good serum, that will not clog pores, to smoothly glide the massager on the face. I recommend a serum that's pure Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid needs to be just 1-3% in serums, so there's probably another ingredient that's supposed to be inactive in it. So, make sure that ingredient is good for the skin as well.
Do slow upward strokes with the massager for about 30-45 seconds. It can also be added to your morning and night beauty routine. The best way to do that is to apply cleanser, then use the massager, then use a toner with retinol and vitamin C in it, next use a moisturizer. Only use Retinol at night since it will make your skin sensitive to the sun for a couple hours.
If you do this you'll see a very drastic change very soon. Within 1-2 weeks and the changes will just keep getting better. There are vibrating facial massagers that are made for the face, but everyone I've tried doesn't vibrate enough to make a real change.
Also, try it bent over and the face is upside down, lol seriously. It will undo what gravity did that day.
This is the one I use, HoMedics Ribbit Handheld Mini Massager
There are also bigger vibrating body massagers that can plump up and revitalize the body's skin as well if you Google them.
❤ Drink 8 - 10 glasses of water a day
This is what any model will tell you to do for beautiful skin. It washes away any impurities, especially around the skin and helps brings the right nutrients to the right parts of the body.
Fabulous skin, that's youthful, firm, resilient, and glows is healthy skin, which comes from a healthy body. There's exercises you can do to make your skin more firm, and youthful, and healthy. *This is a link to our exercise page for more details on this*
❤ Cleanse, tone, moisturize
It's very healthy for your skin to do this as a morning and night beauty routine.
The best cleanser in my experience has been CeraVe, Hydrating Cleanser
. They give you a lot of it, so it lasts a long time, and it has ceramides, and hyaluronic acids that not only unclog pores, helps to make them smaller, and it to smooth the texture of the skin. This cleaned my skin the most out of all the ones I've used.
The best toners I know are Retinols and Vitamin C. Vitamin C serums are great to apply in the morning as they revitalize, awaken the skin, clear pores, and make the skin smoother. Retinols are good for night, since they will make your skin sensitive to the sun for a couple hours, but they are dermatologist's number one recommended ingredient for preventing and reducing wrinkles. They smooth out the skin as well.
The best moisturizer for me has been Aveeno, Daily Moisturizing Lotion
. A lot of moisturizers have oils that clog pores, but I haven't noticed this at all with this moisturizer. I feel my skin is moisturized the most with this for the longest time, and it feels more plump, and resilient in a way I haven't felt with others. It's also worked best if your applying makeup after, and as body moisturizer.
Remember to always take off your make up before you go to sleep because its not healthy for your skin. So its also best to cleanse, tone, moisturize at that time because the best time to do those things are right after you remove your make up. If you used toner or something skin intensive allow 30 minutes for your skin to recover before you applying your makeup.
❤ Eye moisturizer
The skin around the eyes is very delicate and they also easily get wrinkles. It's a match made in a seedy back alley. I recommend you don't even touch them unless you absolutely have to. If a speck of dust is caught in the eye, the first thing to do is actually to blink it out, try relaxing the face, look down, and let the eyes get watery to drown it out, rather than rubbing the eyes. Regular moisturizers usually have ingredients that are too potent for the skin around the eyes, and they shouldn't go in the eyes. I learned the hard way. I'd wake up with my eyes burning from the moisturizer I recently put on. I had to, very sleepily, skamper to the wash room and rinse my eyes under the sink. So, it's best to have a moisturizer made just for the eyes, and there are many if you look them up. At the moment, I love LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream
❤ Moisturize your body
Body moisturizer will make your skin more soft, sweet, supple and touchable. When you feel soft you feel feminine. Moisturizer also helps the skin naturally heal because the skin cells can't connect with each other when they are dry. Try to find a combination body moisturizer combined with nutrients, sunscreen or something like that because there is lots of good combination moisturizers out there now days. It's good to do it at least once a day, and if you don't have enough to cover you're whole body, most people don't, the best places to apply are anywhere your body bends, because that's where wrinkles are prone to form. So try on both sides of your joints, and for us ladies moisturizing the cleavage area, neck, and shoulders is good since a lot of fabulous outfits show those areas off. The sun hits those areas a lot as well when you have breasts. The best time to put it on is after you take a bath or shower.
I recommend the Reddit group Skin Care Addiction
. There's lots of very helpful information about skin care there, and they have recommended products on the right.