Never underestimate the lengths a beauty junkie will go in search of a firmer, more youthful complexion. When conventional skincare doesn’t cut it anymore, we turn to more drastic (and some might call them ridiculous) alternatives. Ahead, seven ways to achieve younger-looking skin, without a jar of night cream, a tube of serum or a syringe filled with fillers. Don’t knock them ’till you try them, just saying.
Open Mind, Younger Skin
Razor Your Face
Taking a razor to your face isn't just the best way to tackle peach fuzz. Dermaplaning is a type of exfoliation (similar to microdermabrasion) that utilizes a sharp tool to gently remove the top layer of the skin and excess facial hair, resulting in smooth, baby-like skin. Regular use promotes cell turnover for a youthful glow and you can even do it at home. Save money and look younger? Winning!
Plan A Yoga Session (For Your Face)
You may be a regular at your local yoga studio, but it's time you start exercising the area above your shoulders. All it takes is a few minutes of stretching (yes, your face) each day to prevent common wrinkles like frown lines and crow's-feet. Click here for a step-by-step video on the antiaging face exercises that will keep your skin looking youthful well into your golden years.
While eating bacteria sounds like a bad thing, we're talking about healthy bacteria. Add probiotics to your diet to help your body process toxins—it's basically fighting fire with fire. An unhealthy gut is reflected in the condition of your skin, so take a probiotic supplement every day to keep your skin balanced and glowing from the inside out and looking younger over time.
Don't Drink From Straws
You might be trying to preserve the look of your perfect lipstick, but drinking from straws can over time cause wrinkles around the lips. Take the lid off your cup and carry your lipstick with you for touchups. In twenty years, you'll be glad you did.
Wear Techy Nail Art
La Roche-Posay's UV Sense wearable tracker gives you status updates on environmental factors (UV exposure, pollution, humidity, allergen levels) that are affecting your skin so you can make necessary adjustments. It's super tiny, flat and doesn't need to be charged or Bluetooth-wired. And the best part is it sticks on your nail and looks like a pop art-inspired nail design.
Wear Your Accessories
Sunglasses and hats are more than just a way to finish your outfit, they can be an extension to your skincare routine. Invest in a pair of UV-protection sunnies to shield your eyes from added sun damage, as well as minimize the amount of times you squint throughout the day (this causes wrinkles too!). Headed to the beach? Take a big floppy hat with you to prevent sun damage on your face, neck, décolletage and shoulders.
Tint Your Car Windows
By now you know the sun can wreak major havoc on your skin. Not only does unprotected sun exposure contribute to your risk of skin cancer, it also causes premature aging like sun spots, wrinkles and melasma. Ninety percent of skin changes commonly attributed to aging are actually the result of sun damage (Ninety percent!). Make sure to wear a daily SPF, but take it a step further and tint your car windows to help fend off sun exposure while you drive.