Growing old gracefully is really a thing that’s easily attainable and accessible to each and everyone of us if we take care of ourselves and our skin along the way. Here are a few of my tried and true tips that have been working magic in my life, and I hope they’ll be helpful to you too.
Sleep with a bolster neck pillow.
Sleeping on your stomach or on your side is a recipe for a smooshed face, which equals wrinkles. At least if your head and neck is supported by a bolster roll pillow, you’re not putting as much pressure on that precious little face while you sleep.
Always use a satin pillowcase.
This is not only good for retaining the moisture on your face, but it’s good for your hair as well for those nights when your head scarf refuses to stay on. You’ll also notice far fewer sleep creases than if you use a regular, boring cotton pillow case.
Never, ever sleep with your makeup on.
I can’t even believe that this is something that still needs to be explained. Sleeping with your makeup on, or not washing your face before bed is the equivalent of trying to breathe while sleeping with a pillowcase, or worse a dirty plastic bag over your head. It’s gross and germy and your skin will hate you for it. Don’t be lazy. Give your face the TLC it deserves before tucking yourself in at night.
Establish an ultra hydrating night time skincare routine.
These days I’ve been using my standard Yes to Tomatoes, deep cleansing activated charcoal soap, followed by my old faithful Thayers rose witch hazel and a newcomer, but fast favorite, vitamin c serum to the mix, with my tried and true Trader Joes coconut oil.
Wear sunscreen everyday.
I swear by the sunscreen bible this is the holy grail of products that you should have in your arsenal. Many friends my age who don’t wear it, well… you can definitely tell. A couple of my faves include La Roche Posay Mineral and Super Goop Setting Mist. Plus, I’m hearing ah-mazing things about Black Girl Sunscreen, which I’ll be sure to report back on once my order arrives.
Protect your eyes from sun exposure (and crow's feet) with some dope sunshades.
Did you know that glasses are known to block harmful UVA & UVB rays from damaging not only your eye sight, but the skin around your eyes as well? So pull those stunna shade out and block the haters & the sun.
Stay hydrated with coco water & some high-quality h2o
Hydration is your frieeeend to the end, shawty! It’s the one thing that you can do that will not only brighten your complexion, but your insides will thank you as well. If you start the day with a glass of water in the morning when you wake, it really sets the tone for the rest of your day. Your body will literally crave water so getting your recommended 8-10 glasses won’t seem so daunting.
If you want to jazz up your water, check out my IG post here for a few ideas on how to give your water a boost.
Eat your fruit & veggies
Foods that are alive translate into radiant, glowing skin as well. Our skin needs nutrients to rebuild each day and night. Consuming high-vibe foods is a smart way to help your body do it’s work to rejuvenate itself day in and day out.