How to prevent premature aging
How to prevent premature aging
The Four Steps to Achieve Amazing Skin
Since the 5th century BC there have been stories of people hunting for the fountain of youth. Perhaps not all of these stories have been strictly based around the pursuit of beautiful, youthful skin, but if there is something almost everyone – regardless of age or gender – can relate to, it’s the desire for great skin.
Aesthetics aside, the health of your skin is vital to your longevity and overall well being. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s not only your shield from the elements, but it’s one of the first things people see when they look at you. Your skin is a huge part of what makes you you, and you only get one set of it.
In your youth, you may have taken the health of your skin for granted, but as time goes by the idea of that fountain of youth becomes a little more appealing. As early as the age of twenty, you start to lose one percent of collagen a year. Compounding that with UV damage, pollution, environmental factors, and genetics, life takes a major toll on the vitality of your skin.
This is where the hunt for the easiest solutions to those problems begin. Dark circles? Concealer to the rescue. Wrinkles? There’s Botox for that. Blemishes? More concealer. Sagging skin? Face lift time!
The problem with these quick fixes is that they are temporary (not to mention invasive and often toxic). These temporary solutions are equivalent to putting a picture over a rotting hole in the wall. Over time that hole is going to continue to rot until there is nowhere left to hang the picture from. Not to say touch ups and little fixes are bad, but without approaching your skincare from a holistic perspective, you’re neglecting the root of the problem.
There is no such thing as the fountain of youth, but the good news is that there are things you can do to actively repair, regenerate, and preserve the youth and health of your skin right now.
Four key steps to achieve phenomenal skin:
STEP ONE: Nutrition
You probably have heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, and like many old adages, there is a whole lot of truth to it.. The food you eat has a major impact on your skin. Sugar and processed foods can nip away at the strength and health of your skin, speeding up the aging process. On the flip side, nutrient dense foods rich in antioxidants help fight free radicals (the invasive molecules that cause cellular damage) as well as promote cellular regeneration and stimulate collagen production. The problem is the vast majority of people don’t get the right nutrients in their daily diet. This is where supplements like AM YOUTH BOOST and PM CELL RESET come in to play, actively delivering the powerful nutrients directly to your skin cells..
STEP TWO: Topicals
Whether you’re a fan of the ‘ten-step skincare regimen’ or not, you can’t deny the importance of topical skincare. Though topical treatments alone may not be the end all be all for optimal skin health, they are definitely a key factor in attaining great skin. Once you’ve fueled your skin from within with high quality nutrition, you can double down on those benefits by incorporating powerful topical antioxidants, like vitamin C serums and retinols. The key is to choose science-backed and all natural topical skincare products that heal and nourish without harming your skin barrier, like Vintner’s Daughter..
STEP THREE: Sunscreen
Everyone wants that summer glow, but that glow can come at a serious cost. UV damage is one of the absolute worst things for your skin. Excess sun exposure creates free radicals which attack your skin cells, deplete hydration, degrade collagen production, and create premature wrinkles. Yes, there are powerful ingredients accessible through specialized supplementation that can help repair and prevent some UV damage(check out polypodium leucotomos, the amazing fern in AM YOUTH BOOST for more on that), but if you want to preserve your skin cells you HAVE to start with a high quality broad spectrum sunscreen like Salt and Stone, Unsun, and Supergoop – to name a few. .
STEP FOUR: Sleep
Surprised to find this step here? The truth is, lack of sleep is one of the most detrimental things to your skin. Not only does poor sleep increase inflammation and wreak havoc on your immune system, but it also causes the degradation of collagen and elastin proteins. Beauty sleep is no joke, and pharmaceutical sleeping pills only add to the problem. In order to preserve your skin – and mental health for that matter – you need to optimize your sleep-wake cycles. Simply optimizing your sleep cycles is easier said than done though. A great place to start is by creating sacred nighttime routines (check out STUNN’s Transformation Challenge for some inspiration) and by taking sustainable, all-natural sleep supplements that deliver an added boost for your skin, like PM CELL RESET.
Life happens, and certain things like genetics are unavoidable, but if you commit to improving your nutrition, washing your make-up off at night, wearing sunscreen, and keeping a consistent bedtime routine, you’re going to be doing just fine.
And at the end of the day remember this, you already are absolutely stunning. So own it, and keep treating yourself like the God/Goddess you already are!