If you’ve had a chance to read this post then you know I’ve been lucky enough to team up with Olay (a brand my mom, my mom’s mom and I have all used for years) to create a few posts revolving around a topic I think we’re all pretty passionate about; skincare.
I’ll be honest, while this has long been a topic of interest for me, my recent trip to the Good Housekeeping beauty lab (not to mention my hubby’s upcoming 30th birthday – it’s making me all too aware of my own you guys) was really what got those wheels of mine turning.
I don’t know about you but I’d always thought that the way we age is primarily out of our control (clearly I’m not talking botox and hard partying here) so when I learned that the team at Olay had proven lifestyle factors largely outweigh genetics (think nature vs nurture – and this is where that biology class finally comes in) both my mindset and approach to skin care changed drastically.
Knowing that my wrinkles are something I actually have control over suddenly made me want to know more so naturally I did what every 21st century gal does and started googling. I also started doing a little experimenting because 1. I wanted to see what results I might get and 2. I thought it would be fun to incorporate a mini-challenge into my partnership with Olay.
While I won’t be sharing my results just yet, I did want to keep you up to date. Below, are some of the key factors impacting skin aging and the ones I personally chose to focus on tackling this past month . . .
By now we all know how important those eight hours of sleep are (I’m going to go ahead and guess you’re averaging nothing close to that but hopefully you’re managing at least six hours a night) but most of us have yet to realize just how quickly beauty sleep can turn ugly.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a tummy sleeper, always. Known to cause neck and back pain this is already considered a huge no-no for most but recently I discovered that it’s also frowned upon by beauty experts. Why? Because you’re literally – and consistently – pressing your face into a pillow which is going obviously going to result in creases, creases that become deeper and deeper over time. Think that’s bad? Well, it gets worse. Think about it, by lying in this position you’re not just “smushing” (I believe that’s the technical term) you’re face but your girls too.
If you’d like to avoid adding lines (read: years) to both your face and your cleavage then I’d highly recommend switching things up by attempting to catch those zzz’s on your back. For those of you who are like me A.K.A. totally stuck in your ways then it might be wise to invest in a silk pillowcase. The luxe fabric is much kinder to the skin so if you do end up turning around you can at least feel a little less guilty – bonus, silk pillowcases, help reduce frizz too!
When it comes to your skin’s health you should never underestimate the power of water – or rather, making sure you have enough of it. That being said, there are good and not-so-good ways to sip. Straws, for example, lead to constant pursing of the lips which dermatologists have realized not only aggravates but adds to existing lines around the mouth. Long story short, it might be time to ditch the S’well and opt for a regular old glass instead.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll likely hear it again but trust me, you truly can’t afford to skip the SPF. It doesn’t matter if it’s 8 degrees or 80, you need to slather that stuff on because those rays can do damage regardless of whether you’re sweating or shivering. A leading cause of cancer and the number one cause of wrinkles, sun damage can easily be prevented so why not do just that?
Making it even easier again, the fact that you don’t actually need to add another product or step to your daily beauty routine if you don’t want to. Instead, you can simply opt for a great multi-tasker like a foundation, lip balm or even cream (like this Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting cream) that also boasts SPF. Just remember the two golden rules; 1. use daily and 2. always aim for an SPF of 30 or higher.
Real beauty comes from inside – literally and figuratively!
I don’t know about you but I’m well aware of the impact diets both good and bad can have on the body. That being said, I continuously find myself forgetting and having to re-research the best foods for overall skin health. So, instead of attempting to remember exactly what Vitamin. K does and how I can get my share, I recently decided to come up with a few every day guidelines to keep in mind – guidelines that you’ll hopefully find as helpful as I do.
Jam packed with antioxidants which help protect the skin from the damaging effects of both sun exposure and emotional stress, I add a handful of blueberries to my almost-daily smoothie
I now try to have 1-2 servings of fish a week. Both salmon and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen skin membranes, helping it to retain moisture.
I’m a coffee girl so it’s unlikely I’ll ever make the switch to green tea full time but I’ve been making the effort to incorporate a couple of cups a week. Why? Well, amongst other things, it’s been shown to help burn fat and reverse the signs of aging – I don’t know about you but that’s good enough for me.
Finally, I’m doing my very best (fyi; my very best isn’t all that impressive – particularly not on these long summer evenings) to cut down on favorites like chips and rose since they’re major contributors to under eye baggage – eek!
When it comes to beauty products, it took me a long time to realize that 1. I’m allowed to mix things up and 2. that doing so can actually be the best way to create a unique routine that really works. Believe it or not, choosing a shampoo and conditioner was something I found relatively stressful until recently. Trust me, I’m aware of how dumb that sounds but I genuinely couldn’t decide whether my hair was more curly, frizzy, dry or in need of extra volume – GAH!
Thankfully, I eventually learned to get over that. These days, I use a hydrating shampoo, followed by a smoothing conditioner and my hair is feeling better than ever. Having seen just how well a combined attack can work, I’ve recently started switching things up when it comes to my daily skin care routine.
As part of my partnership with Olay, I thought it would be fun to set myself a mini-skin-makeover challenge so for the past couple of weeks I’ve been using two-three different but complimentary products before falling into bed at night. If you read this post then you know I’m a big fan of Olay’s award winning Micro Sculpting Cream which has been shown to deliver instant results – (the new Glyco-Repair formula does everything from accelerate recovery of aged skin to stimulate collagen production) so naturally I’ve kept that in the mix. Now however, I aim to use the brand’s Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream every other night.
Still fast-absorbing (a must for this girl – I hate that sticky feel some lotions leave you with) the new Luminous cream contains Carnosine which not only hydrates the skin but illuminates skin tone and helps to fade the look of dark spots/discoloration over time. I don’t know about you but I have quite a few freckles and marks left behind by breakouts (which I often feel look almost as bad as brand new blemishes) so that last part is super important to me.