When it comes to skin maintenance, we may not know exactly how to achieve beautiful radiant skin, but not to fear. Board-certified dermatologist and world-renowned healthy aging expert Dr. Nicholas Perricone has all the answers you need to nurture your skin.
Check out the eight mistakes you could be making along with Perricone’s advice on easy fixes and experiencing a glowing complexion within days.
Too Many Products
“Your concern is to find the right thing that works for you,” Perricone told the Huffington Post. “And that’s simple. Cleanse, maybe apply something in the morning, moisturizer over that and then your sunscreen. Most people lay on around 10 or 20 different products. It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Poor Lifestyle Choices
“Excessive exposure to sun, not getting enough sleep and, of course, being overly stressed out are the biggies,” Perricone informed the Post. “A lot of this is common sense, but obviously stress is something we have to learn to deal with… I like meditation. That makes a difference. It lowers stress hormones. Low stress hormones mean your skin stays young, high stress hormones mean you get wrinkled fast.”
Lack of Hydration
“Drink eight glasses of water a day,” Perricone advised in the Post. “People hate water for some reason… See, the problem is that our first mechanism doesn’t work until we are about two or three percent dehydrated. When you’re dehydrated, the cells aren’t working right because all the biochemical reactions take place in the presence of water. We’re now just discovering that water is much more interesting than we thought it was. It does much more than act as a solvent – it actually forms a uniform layer inside the cells that aid in energy production. So there are some people that are saying that, with energy production, the cells can repair themselves better.”
Harsh Exfoliating Brushes
”I don’t believe in mechanical exfoliation because it irritates the skin and actually causes inflammation,” Perricone told the Post.
Lack of Nutrients
“You want to make sure that you have a green salad every day,” Perricone recommended in the Post. “That’s very important. Green salads contain incredible nutrients, antioxidants and also increase nitric oxide in your blood. And nitric oxide is what gives you a beautiful healthy glow. The magic combination is a piece of salmon and a green salad. Because salmon also contains something that increases nitric oxide as well as antioxidants. So if you eat salmon three days in a row, you have such a radiance, when you walk into a room people go, ‘Wow.’”
Not Enough Color in Your Diet
“The more colors you have in your diet a day, the more kind of phytonutrients you're getting, because each color is something specific,” Perricone advised in the Post. “So blueberries are very specific for brains and skin, and citrus fruits are really good for the ears. And astaxanthin is really good for eyes and skin. So it's important to get all those different colors in during the day -- I call it your color IQ. So ask yourself how high can your color IQ be today? If you know you had 10 different colors in your fruits and vegetables, you're doing well.”
Using Botox As a Quick Fix
“Botox is a neurotoxin -- it paralyzes muscles by interfering with the nerve impulse,” Perricone told the Post. “When the muscles are not getting innervated by the nerves, they atrophy. The way we look young is to have plenty of muscle and plenty of fat in our face. So why would you want to atrophy your muscles? I think it’s a bad strategy.”
Too Much Makeup
“If you're not taking care of yourself and you're not getting enough sleep and you're eating poorly, then you probably want to slather on something to hide the mistakes,” Perricone informed the Post. “But the thing is, if you're doing the right thing, then you really want to tone down the makeup. In the end, vanity is really a good thing, because if you are worried about your appearance, then you are really motivated to eat correctly, maintain a good body weight, exercise and get enough sleep. Vanity is a good thing, it motivates us.” If you’re interested in starting any new skin care routines or would like to learn about new tips and tricks that can help enhance your skin, please stay tuned to New Image Specialists or contact our team of representatives today. They will help you find a skin care specialist in your area today!