If you aren't familiar with the term "skin fitness," it was coined a few years ago by celebrity dermatologist and Chief Medical Officer of LaserAway, Dr. Will Kirby. Whereas "anti-aging" is about correcting existing skin issues, skin fitness is all about preventing skin problems from developing in the first place.
Want to learn more about this revolutionary concept that's taking the dermatology field by storm? Here are the eight principles of skin fitness:
1. Avoid the sun
The secret to preventing early signs of aging is to avoid the sun. That's because sun exposure accounts for over 80 percent of fine lines and wrinkles. Choose a broad-spectrum sunblock with a minimum of 50 SPF and reapply it throughout the day, rain or shine.
2. Invest in a humidifier
Buy a humidifier, place it in your bedroom and run it on full blast while you sleep to increase the level of humidity in the environment. This hydrates skin by restoring moisture to the air. You'll wake up to glowing, dewy skin every morning.
3. Stay hydrated
To keep your skin hydrated, it's crucial that you drink water consistently throughout the day. Start your day off by drinking a large glass of lukewarm water in the morning and continue drinking water throughout the day for optimal hydration.
4. Apply a moisturizer nightly
Apply a high-quality moisturizer every single night before going to bed. Choose a lightweight moisturizer that won't clog pores. It should also feature antioxidants like vitamin C to fight against free radicals.
5. Clean out your medicine cabinet
Go through all your skincare products and toss out everything you haven't used in the last six months. Replace those products with high-quality ones, such as a night-time moisturizer, a retinoid serum, a broad-spectrum SPF, and a gentle cleanser.
6. Use vaseline
Vaseline forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin by sealing in the skin's natural moisture. Apply vaseline to both your hands and feet before going to bed and place tube socks over them. Your skin will be silky soft in the morning.
7. Shower using lukewarm water
Showering using hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, resulting in dry, itchy skin. That's why you should only bathe using lukewarm or cold water, which results in tighter pores and suppler skin.
8. Stick with a routine
To maintain beautiful skin, it's vital that you commit to a routine. That means always wearing SPF 50 or higher, applying a moisturizer at night, sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom, and showering using lukewarm water.
Take your skin fitness to the next level
No matter your at-home skincare regimen, there's only so much you can do. That's where technology comes into play. To take your skin fitness to the next level, consider visiting a medical professional to learn more about preventative skin treatments, such as Clear + Brilliant, IPL photo facials, and Juvederm.