• Andrea Erker

How to Fight Aging and Keep Your Skin Young and Youthful Looking while Social Distancing

Stuck at home in your PJs? Don’t worry, us too! By now social distancing has probably made a few changes in your life. Perhaps you are spending an hour more scrolling social media or news outlets. More money eating out to support your local businesses. No time at your favorite Zumba class.

The problem? Changes in your stress-levels, routine, and diet can have a pretty negative impact on your skin, spawning nasty break-outs and even worse, premature aging.

Don’t fret. We’re here to bring you our top tips on how to fight aging and keep your skin young and youthful looking while social distancing.

Maybe you're first wondering...what exactly causes aging in skin?

Aging’s biggest culprit is exposure to sunlight, followed by hormone loss, stress, and environmental factors. As time passes, our cell generation process slows down, slowing our bodies’ ability to shed old skin cells and generate new ones, leaving the old skin cells to pile up on the surface of the skin and manifest into breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles and/or patches of dull, rough, and/or dry skin.

To avoid breakouts and premature aging during the coming weeks inside, practice these good skincare tips that can be done at home for a fresh, glowing complexion!

  1. Reduce stress. Feeling a little blue? You aren’t alone! Social distancing poses a particular challenge to our mental health, as most of us love spending time with family and friends (even periodically). Depression, anxiety, and stress can induce breakouts and accelerate fine lines and wrinkles. Which is why taking care of your mental health is not only yours - but in your skin’s best interest. Try your hand at a new hobby, set a curfew for screen time, or journal your feelings!

  2. Stay on schedule/Get quality sleep. If you recently transitioned to working from home, you may be tempted to stay up and watch that extra episode, enjoy an extra glass of wine, and sleep in the next morning. But sleep is an important part of skincare! During sleep, the body goes into a regenerative and constructive mode, during which it produces collagen and other skin restorative ingredients. Remember that your skin thrives on consistency, so try to get quality sleep and keep up your regular routine as much as possible.

  3. Eat healthy. Whether you’re ordering more take-out to support your local restaurants or preparing more meals at home, you may have noticed your diet changing with social distancing. Remember, a balanced diet is one of the best ways to help your skin so focus on consuming nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts, and fatty fish--and avoid dairy.

  4. Get active to boost your health and well-being! Gyms are temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean you should be exercising less. When your heart starts pumping for aerobic exercise, your skin receives a good dose of oxygenated blood. Your skin also starts producing more of its natural oils, helping skin look healthy and naturally moisturized. Stay active from with this at-home work-out we love from PopSugar.

  5. Increase usage of retinols and hydrate skin. Being home-bound is the perfect time to turn up your skincare routine by hydrating skin and increasing the usage of retinols and other products that may make you dry and flakey. Retinol is our favorite anti-aging ingredient because it causes our cells to behave younger, stimulating collagen production and resurfacing skin. Why not take this time to erase a few lines or reverse acne scarring? We raise you one, social distancing. Follow retinol with a hydrating mask to keep your skin full of moisture, prevent the loss of elasticity, and ensure your skin barrier functions properly.

  • BONUS: Avoid touching your face. You might be wearing a lot less makeup these days, but that doesn’t mean you should touch your face. Not only have Public Health experts warned against doing so for spread of the Coronavirus, but it also spreads dirt, oil, and bacteria to your face which can clog pores. No, thank you!

Of course, there is nothing that stimulates collagen to keep your skin plump and glowy like a Signature Facial administered by one of our expert aestheticians. We use things like microdermabrasion, peels, and lasers to create a controlled assault and stimulate collagen more than you can do at home.

Although our doors are temporarily closed, we typically recommend coming to see us every 4 to 6 weeks - which means we hope we’ll be at the top of your list once we return!

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