Skin Fitness—Get in Shape

Thursday, October 09, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos, application tips

As we age, our skin loses elasticity, making it harder to return to its original shape. And after years of smiling, laughing and crying, the breadth of our emotions can often be traced in the form of smile lines, brow lines and crow’s feet.By getting your skin in shape, you can easily prevent many of the signs of premature aging (and even correct some that have already begun). Read on for tips and tricks on how to tone, tighten up and take years off your look.

Drink More Water
Proper hydration is an essential part of any workout, and skin fitness is no exception. Aside from moisturizing the skin from within, drinking an ample amount of water (8 – 12 glasses a day) will also help flush toxins and increase circulation and elasticity, leaving skin supple, clear and glowing.

Start Fresh
Just as stretching prepares your body for a jog, cleansing prepares your skin for your beauty regimen. That’s why it’s important to look for a cleanser that not only washes away impurities, but also maintains the skin’s delicate pH and moisture balances. A great choice is Revitalizing Facial Wash. This lightly exfoliating mineral cleanser deep cleans without stripping the skin of natural oils, so you can start your regimen with a clean slate.

Know When to Moisturize
Like a sponge, you skin absorbs products best when it’s already damp. To make the most of your moisturizer, apply directly after cleansing, when skin is still damp (not drenched) and pores are open. This traps in moisture, allowing the ingredients to work more effectively and for a longer duration.

Be Sun Smart
The leading cause of premature aging (wrinkles, lines, discoloration, etc.) is overexposure to UV rays. While it’s impossible to avoid sun exposure completely, regularly using a moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) can easily offset potential damage and nourish the skin with essential nutrients.

Be Firm
The best way to tackle stubborn wrinkles, thinning and sagging skin is to target weakened elasticity at its source. By using products designed to firm and tighten problem areas, like Skin Perfecting Serum and Mineral Line Control, we can rebuild skin definition and smooth over the signs of premature aging.

Even if lines and wrinkles aren’t an immediate concern, many of the remedies used for treatment can also be used for defense. Remember, when it comes to skin care, prevention is always easier than correction. Here’s to wishing you healthy, beautiful skin for life!