Look Better Not Younger and Still Feel Great? Yes You Can!
Images on TV, models in magazines, billboards, perceived social norms of what is “acceptable” for beauty – these contribute to how good you feel in your skin. And unfortunately, most messages conclude that “looking younger” is the answer to “looking better.” While it’s different for each person, as a society we all have to figure out how to process the multitudes of hyped up messages about aging thrown at us each and every day. So, how do you reconcile the desire to simply look better not younger, and ignore the messages about looking “younger” than you are? First, decide what “looking younger” really means to you.
From our experience owning a medical spa and seeing clients each day, we have concluded that many of our clients simply want to “look better not younger” and feel confident in their skin. For some that means more radiant but still wrinkly skin. For others it means diminishing some wrinkles and evening skin tone. So, how do we at Luminous You help YOU look what you consider YOUR best at YOUR age? We listen to your desires and match our treatments to help you achieve these goals.
For many people, wrinkles are the issue. In addition to this however, uneven, blotchy skin, known as hyperpigmentation, and skin tone, can be the cause of the dissatisfaction. According to the Australasian College of Dermatology, uneven skin tone can add as much as 20 years to the actual age of our skin, which contributes to tired-looking skin. Younger-looking skin means healthier-looking skin, but healthier, younger skin doesn’t mean you’ll look 20 years younger. Younger-looking skin doesn’t mean you won’t look your age; you will look better not younger overall.
Why do so many people use foundation on their skin every day? Try an experiment. Put foundation on just one side of your face; you will notice how much better you look on the side with foundation. This is because it diminishes uneven skin blemishes and covers undesirable pigmentation.
The good news is that we can make lifestyle changes that will help us feel good, improve the quality of our skin, and look better not younger. Here are 4 tips to help you look and feel great regardless of age.
- Protect your skin. To prevent dull, weathered skin, it’s a good idea to use sunscreen every day, even in Minnesota, and even in the winter. It must be part of your morning skin routine. Hyperpigmentation is almost always caused by too much sun exposure. We carry several products that you can use to protect skin from environmental damage. Obagi skincare products, like Sun Shield with Zinc Oxide, as well as EltaMD UV with Zinc Oxide; both protect from UVA and UVB rays. We also carry several products that protect skin from environmental damage. Recall your car’s windshield. Even after you wash it, every morning those pesky oily spots show up. The same exact thing happens to your skin, which is why it is necessary to wash your skin every night before bed and protect it in the morning. Obagi Professional-C Serum 15% and Professional-C Peptide Complex Serum contain Vitamin C, an excellent antioxidant.
- Eat right and stay hydrated. Eating a variety of healthy foods like vegetables and seafood, and avoiding junky, sugary, processed food, will go a long way in restoring skin health. Drink plenty of water to keep skin supple. Smoking has a huge negative impact to our skin. Nicotine constricts blood vessels and makes skin look gray and dehydrated. We carry an excellent moisturizer from Obagi skincare called Hydrate which will help with dry, dehydrated skin. This lotion feels light and soft on the skin. Read more about it here.
- Avoid excessive stress. Recent studies show that being in a constant state of stress and anxiety can actually lead to a shortening of our DNA strands, which accelerates aging. Try meditation, moderate exercise, getting out into nature, and connecting with the positive people in your life to help you feel more relaxed and able to face the day.
- Choose the right products for your skin. To keep skin glowing, look for skincare lines that match up with your skin needs, and choose a good exfoliator, like Obagi Exfoderm, to help banish dull skin. We carry skincare product lines by Obagi, Paula’s Choice, and Repechage and will happily give you personalized recommendations. Jane Iredale mineral makeup helps enhance your natural glow. We also offer more advanced treatment for hyperpigmentation like Broadband Light (BBL) to help rejuvenate skin. Many of our clients tell us they don’t even need foundation anymore after coming in for BBL treatment.
With the right treatments, products, and lifestyle interventions, you can have a glowing appearance and look better not younger — unless that’s what you want! We all deserve to look our best because it makes us feel our best!
If you have any questions about our products and services and how they can help you reveal the real you, contact us today.
What do you do each day to look and feel your best?