“I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of make-up”Demi Moore

Skin ageing is a complex physiological process that results in aesthetic and functional changes in the skin, steadily but often not well received. It is often debatable why some celebrities went too far in the quest for that youthful, young-looking skin, by opting for extreme plastic surgery. How about those celebs that have deliberately decided to age with grace and style, opting instead for a more natural and sustainable anti-aging skin care? What can we learn from them? Better put! what are their anti ageing skin care secrets?

Whole Body Sun Protection

It’s not uncommon for celebrities like Julianne Moore to walk into sunshine with oversize sunglasses and wide-brim hats. They also apply whole body sunscreen from head to toe, even including their hairs. Celebs like Julianne Moore have paid theirs dues and kept faith with strict high-Sunscreen Protection Formular usage since age 20. Avoiding the sun has significantly contributed to her wrinkle-free skin even at age 51. Available research shows that an effective sunscreen should protect against both UVA and UVB rays. A non-irritating skin care protect developed by dermatologist Ronald. L. Moy; DNA EGF Renewal line posses the much-desirable trait of a good sunscreen. It is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin for prompt results.

Retinoids to Prevent Skin Wrinkling

Most of the celebs now in their 40s started using retinoid in the early 70s when it first came as Retin-A, an anti-acne remedy with lots of potentials according to dermatologist Jessica Wu of Los Angeles. With time the antiaging benefits of retinoids became apparent as it enhanced faster collagen turnover, skin elasticity improvement and fine lines reduction. Abating fine lines consequently prevents early wrinkles appearance, and hence Retin-A and Renova are the rules in the arsenal of celebs devoted to nurturing anti ageing secrets and sustaining young-looking skin.

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

Central to fundamental skin care are the principles of humectancy, emolliency and occlusion, all key to the integrity of the stratum corneum. Recent skin care approaches endeavour to emulsify these components into a single formulation to enhance the aesthetics of the modern-day moisturisers. The ultimate results of effective moisturisers is the restoration of skin pliability and provision of moisture to the stratum corneum to mitigate the discomforts associated with dry skin. Actress Demi Moore goes the extra length to detoxify her body on a regular basis. The secret to her skin beauty is a simple one. She says; “I moisturise, moisturise, moisturise,” in an interview with Marie Claire.

A Healthy Diet and Regular Exercise

The skin benefits readily from consistent healthy diet both in the short and long terms. The skin relies on a regular supply of nutrients and antioxidants, which a healthy diet assures to keep it supple, resilient and youthful-looking. According to Dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every woman’s Guide to a LIfetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin, “anything that promotes healthy circulation also keeps your skin healthy and vibrant.” Exercise increases blood flow which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the skin for continuous nourishment, renewal and repair. Waste products and free radicals are easily carried away from the skin through enhanced blood flow, which regular exercise ensures, to the liver for detoxification. Additionally exercise eases stress and helps tone muscles. Stress accentuates the appearance of skin disorders and loss of elasticity.

It is hard to believe Christie Brinkley is 60 years old, with flawless and youthful looking skin. Her youthful appearance she admits, has been the result of a strict healthy diet and exercise routine.

Exfoliation For Skin Rejuvenation

The principle behind exfoliation is to strip dead-cell sludge from the top most layer through dermabrasion, peels or scrubs. This enables better blood flow, which brings more oxygen to the skin’s surface as well as inducing more collagen availability for resilient skin elasticity. The culmination of these activities leads to deeper penetration of skin care products. Glycolic peels come in handy in this regard. Dr Wu, who uses a combination of enzymes and salicylic acid, admits that she has been giving peels to celebrities for decades which the combined effects of unclogging pores, preventing acne and smoothing skin pigmentation problems.

There you have it, are you particularly high maintenance? So, what’s your best anti-ageing secret? We would like you to share your experiences with us.

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