Since we have neither the time nor money to visit a spa every week, we rounded up the next best thing: insiders' secrets to capturing that special glow at home. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
Make your own kitchen-cabinet exfoliant
Skin-cell turnover slows as you age, potentially causing your face to look dry or washed out. Combat that by mixing up this easy, at-home exfoliating cleanser twice a week: Combine 1 tablespoon superfine sugar (to help slough off dead skin cells), 1 tablespoon pure olive oil (to moisturize), and 1 tablespoon honey (this cleansing ingredient has anti-microbial properties to kill pimple-causing bacteria), says Ann Taylor, an aesthetician at the Spa at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. "Apply with gentle, circular motions for two to three minutes, rinse with warm water, and follow with your favorite hydrating cream," says Taylor.
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Supplement with D3
Many people who are low in this vitamin, a shortage of which can lead to drier skin that perpetuates the aging process. "I take vitamin D3 supplements every day, and since I started, I've noticed that my skin feels more moisturized and has less fine lines," says Tracey Duffeck, a massage therapist at Travaasa Austin Experiential Resort and Spa. Foods rich in the nutrient include oatmeal and bran, cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, halibut, trout, fortified dairy products and orange juice.
Hydrate to ward off fine lines
"Our blood vessels narrow as we age, which means reduced circulation and a tendency toward a dryer complexion," says Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Center Director at The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia. For an easy instant glow, steam your face to boost blood flow. Simply wash your face, pour some steaming water into a bowl, and use a towel to tent your head as you lean over it for about five minutes. Warning: Make sure the water isn't boiling and keep your face at least 12 inches away from its surface to avoid scalding your skin. Afterwards, swipe a cotton pad moistened with rose water on your face to remove dirt, calm skin, and seal in hydration.
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Protect your eyes to lessen crow's feet
Since your skin is thinnest around the eyes, it's likely to be the first spot to show signs of aging. UV rays and other environmental damage make it worse. "Moisturizers with broad-spectrum chemical sunscreen may irritate this delicate area," says Jerilyn Kuthe, spa director at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, SC. "Instead, opt for products with ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium that provide a physical sunblock without the chemicals." Products with retinol can also help lessen UV-damage - which contributes to pesky crow's feet - by helping rebuild collagen while decreasing the appearance of fine lines. Just be sure what you're using is especially formulated for the eye area, such as Mudrad's Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles.
Make your hands zesty
"Your hands are constantly exposed to sunlight, weather, and other wear and tear," says Jill VanAusdal, Spa Director at the Forbes Five Star Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, UT. That's why people often look at a woman's hands for clues about her true age. To fool them, help speed skin cell turnover and lighten age spots by applying two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to a cotton ball and swiping it over the tops of your hands. Leave on for about 10 minutes, and then rinse with tepid water. The acidity of the lemon sloughs off dead skin cells to promote new cell growth, and is a natural lightener. In addition, be vigilant about applying hand cream throughout the day to keep yours soft and smooth.
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Brush your body to boost circulation
Dry brushing removes dead skin cells, improves circulation, and detoxifies the body by stimulating the waste-removing lymphatic system - which adds up to radiant skin, says Loretta Taylor, director of spa operations at Skana Spa at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Try this five-minute routine before your morning shower: Using a natural-bristle dry brush and gentle but firm pressure, stroke your feet in circular upward motions in the direction of your heart. Then brush your legs, buttocks and stomach. Finish with a sweeping motion over your hands, back, and heart.
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