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Healthier Skin in Four Steps

By Sophia Parmenter, Lead Esthetician at Spa Gregorie’s

Though spa treatments are both effective and relaxing, not everyone has the time or the money to devote to regular spa sessions.  But no need to worry; you can achieve great skin at home by using quality skin care and remembering just a few simple steps for healthier skin: Sunscreen; exfoliate; vitamins and antioxidants; and hydrate and moisturize.

Sunscreen:

Regardless of age, ethnicity and season, sun block should be used every day. “Many people will say to me that they are not going to the beach so they don’t need sunscreen. But, just from your car, you’re prone to sun damage,” said Parmenter. New FDA recommendations suggest using sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Exfoliate:

Taking the time to exfoliate your skin is essential for its improvement, as it rids of dead skin cells while smoothing and brightening the skin. “You want to be exfoliating at home because what’s happening is the dead skin cells are just sitting there. When you’re young, they turn over rapidly but, as you get older, that slows down,” explained Parmenter. She added, “Also, if you’re not exfoliating, your serums and anti-aging products won’t be able to penetrate.”

Vitamins and Antioxidants:

More than just a trendy buzzword of today, antioxidants help to fight off the damage caused by those extrinsic factors and free-radicals of stress, pollution, smog and of course, sun, in addition to others. They help brighten the skin, improve texture and tone and decrease fine lines.  Ensuring they appear in your skin care regimen is incredibly important.  Look for Vitamins A, C, and E as well as coffeeberry, honey, coenzyme Q10, alpha lipoic acid and retinoic acid.

Hydrate and moisturize:

Nourishing your skin from the inside out is an easy, affordable way for it to maintain its health. When skin is properly hydrated it’s smooth and plump, but when it’s dry, it becomes flaky, dull and tight.  Drinking at least 2 liters of water daily is an easy fix.  Also find a quality moisturizer, even if you have naturally oily skin. Skin that is regularly moisturized is known to age slower than moisture-deprived skin.