In my never-ending anti-aging quest, I‘m becoming more and more dependent on my esthetician. I’m always tapping her for anti-aging secrets and double-duty products. I recently gathered some anti-aging secrets from an esthetician and asked about the tips and tricks to having youthful skin, so I thought I’d share them here.
I like to read magazines on the beach and I’m always turning down the corner of the page because I come across products I want to try. So what do I do? I jump online and order them. Tighten your chin and neck? Sure. Soft, baby butt skin? Of course. A water additive that makes your skin younger? You bet!
But I’m still not looking 30 again so I’m starting to wonder what anti-aging treatments work and which ones don’t.
I recently scored a Groupon for a derma-plane facial and found this particular esthetician to be incredibly honest in her assessment of some products and anti-aging tips and tricks. I’m sure not everyone will agree with these, especially if you’re a cosmetics producer or salesperson. But for now, I’ll take her advice and see if I’m missing anything in these anti-aging secrets from an esthetician.
Anti-aging secrets from an esthetician:
1. Eye cream (most) are just a marketing gimmick. A lot of eye creams will tout that the skin around your eyes is thinner than on the rest of your face. True. But if you have normal skin and specific eye issues, your regular moisturizer will work just fine. It’s important to apply it lightly around your eyes no matter what. I’ll use up the eye creams I have now and try this to see if I notice a difference.
2. Your body doesn’t need most supplements. I’ve said this before. A lot of research shows that you should be getting key vitamins and minerals from daily life and the foods you eat. So all of these anti-aging supplements for skin, hair, nails, really aren’t doing anything. I am a firm believer in the sun’s provision of Vitamin D (in small amounts) and I do notice a difference when I use a Vitamin C cream on my face. But for now, I think I’ll ditch the dozen bottles of extraneous vitamins and metabolism-boosting teas I’m taking.
3. Say no to neck creams. I recently caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and noticed that my neck was looking particularly raggedy. They say you can often tell a woman’s age by her neck, and I remember my grandmother once telling me that’s why she always wore turtlenecks. Granted, I’ve always read, and been told, to take care of your neck as you do your face, but mea culpa, I rarely cleanse or put any moisturizer on my neck. So I did get sucked into buying an expensive neck cream. But my esthetician says my regular daily and evening moisturizers will do the trick just as well. In the meantime, I’ll keep using my new pricey cream and if my neck outshines the skin on my face in terms of youthfulness, I’ll let you know!
4. Collagen can’t be rebuilt topically. I specifically asked this question because how easy would it be to just put a cream on your face every day and skip the painful, and often expensive, collagen-building treatments like microneedling and lasers. Sigh. But she told me that those topical creams can’t build collagen so far beneath the skin’s layer. I do drink a collagen powder daily mainly for my joints but I do believe it has an impact on my skin and hair as well.
5. Water, water, water. This is kind of a no-brainer but it is the cheapest and most accessible secret to anti-aging. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it’s mostly water. So drink drink drink to replenish and retain that youthful glow!
I recommend you actually write down a list of questions to ask your esthetician before your next procedure. I jot down questions on my phone as I think of them and then just run through that list when I’m in her office. These secrets above won’t apply to everyone, and I’m sure there will be much debate, but as long as I’m making an effort to take the best care of my skin daily, I can’t go wrong.