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4 Steps to Smooth, Youthful-Looking Skin


Skin care trends come and go, but for a younger, smoother-looking complexion, focus in on the basics. Forget the complex 10-step regimens and the hottest beauty fads for a moment. Instead, let’s get down to the essentials, the core common steps that will help you achieve and maintain youthful-looking skin: cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and rejuvenation.

Step 1: Keep It Clean

Cleansing is the first and most important step to any skin care routine. Cleansing frees up your pores, removing debris like dead skin, pollution, and makeup. If left alone, these elements will alter your skin’s natural detoxifying process, breaking down collagen and elastin, leading to dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

You should be cleansing your skin twice per day, morning and night, with the same regularity as brushing your teeth. Avoid the temptation to just rinse in the morning. Skin works its hardest to detoxify and push out impurities while you sleep, making a morning cleanse just as important as washing off makeup in the evening. However, avoid cleansing excessively—more than twice daily risks stripping the skin of its natural oils, which encourages irritation, inflammation, dehydration, and premature aging.

Step 2: Scrub and Smooth

Exfoliating is essential for our basic anti-aging skin care routine. Exfoliation is a key step to assist with skin cell turnover, the removal of free radicals and debris, and the improvement of skin’s texture.

Generally speaking, it’s best to exfoliate twice per week to gently clear away dullness from dead skin cells that have bonded to the surface. Chemical exfoliators are the best option for most skin types, as they tend to be gentler on the skin when used properly. Anti-aging chemical exfoliators will also work best to diminish textural irregularities and fine lines, while gently removing dead skin.

Step 3: Seal and Heal

One of the most crucial steps to any skin care regimen is moisturizing—especially after exfoliating. Quality moisturizers work to heal the skin and maintain water retention for a glowing, more radiant complexion. Depending on the ingredients, they can also serve as a barrier to pollution and sun exposure.

There are a wide variety of moisturizers to help target skin concerns, rebalance the skin’s hydration levels, or diminish the appearance of age spots, textural irregularities, or fine lines and wrinkles. Depending on your skin’s needs or aging concerns, you can select a serum, gel, cream, or balm to target your biggest skin care issue while still sealing in moisture and supporting your skin’s natural collagen and elastin production.

Step 4: Rejuvenate

If you are noticing premature signs of aging, it can be beneficial to consider a radio frequency anti-aging treatment to rejuvenate and firm up skin. As an added boost to our easy three steps for anti-aging skin care, radio frequency treatments deliver heat below the skin’s surface, targeting old collagen and kick-starting your body’s natural healing response to naturally stimulate new collagen and elastin production.

The result is a firmer, smoother-looking complexion and the diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Post-treatment, the skin care regimen basics listed above will help to maintain the anti-aging benefits of these skin rejuvenating treatments.

For more information on how to incorporate radio frequency skin rejuvenating treatments into your anti-aging regimen, contact a certified provider near you:

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