A To Z Guide To Anti-Aging

Updated 2/28/15. We all want to live younger, stronger and healthier lives. From inside out, these 26 skin, body, mind and lifestyle tips may help slow down the aging process and get you looking and feeling your best.

ADVENTURE The brain is always learning—it never stops. New experiences and adventures keep the brain stimulated and also younger. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new in your life. (I recently crossed off “be a server at a restaurant for a day” off my bucket list. Read about my restaurant experience.)

BOTOX This FDA-approved wrinkle-reducing treatment is revolutionary and can soften and remove the appearance of deep lines, wrinkles and furrows on the forehead, around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Of course, you want to get natural looking results so be sure to go to someone with experience.

Read: Should You Get Botox To Prevent Wrinkles?

CITRUS FRUITS Good for both the inside and out, it’s so important to get your daily dose of antioxidants to protect your skin and cells from premature aging. Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits are all loaded with vitamin C so eat them raw or squeeze the juice into water. Topically, a stable vitamin C serum can brighten the skin and protect it from environmental damage when used daily under sunscreen.

DETOXIFICATION Just as we clean out our closets and garage, our bodies need periodic cleaning out as well. A liver-kidney-colon detoxification program every so often will keep your body’s elimination system working efficiently and jump starts your body for a more active, healthier life.

EXFOLIATION Exfoliation is the removal of surface dry skin cells and is considered to be one of the most important techniques that you can perform on your skin to resolve certain skin problems and encourage a smoother, more even-toned skin. From reducing blemishes and clogged pores to fading brown spots and brightening the skin, using facials scrubs, at-home peels and acid serums on a regular basis can truly transform your skin. Read all the benefits of exfoliation.

FACIALS Think of facials as maintenance for the health of your skin. As the skin ages, circulation and metabolism slow down, resulting in tired and dull-looking skin. One of the many benefits of a facial is increased circulation and oxygen resulting in healthy, glowing skin. Go for the glow and schedule a facial treatment. Allure and InStyle Magazines voted Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spas as having the “Best Facials.” Don’t live in NY, Los Angeles, Austin or Dallas, Texas? Read how to find a reputable esthetician in your area.

GINSENG When taken internally, this promotes vitality, supports physical and mental endurance and is a general therapeutic tonic for the body. When used in skin care products, it encourages circulation to reveal healthy and radiant skin. Use Renée Rouleau Revitalizing Ginseng Toner morning and evening after cleansing to hydrate, brighten and plump up the skin.

HYALURONIC ACID Found naturally in our own bodies, this substance gives fabulous results when used as an ingredient in skin care products to help retain the skin’s natural moisture balance. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water, resulting in enhanced elasticity and moistness in the skin. Use Renée Rouleau Skin Drink which is loaded with this amazing ingredient.

IMMUNE SYSTEM The system that protects and defends our body needs support to work effectively. Make sure you eat enough protein and vitamin C in your diet to ensure its smooth function.

JOURNALING Writing down those events of the day can be therapeutic and detoxifying. We can release, renew, and repair our spirits. We can set goals, dream, and put into motion the things we wish to see come true. Your word is your wand.

KIDNEYS One of the major organs of detoxification. We don’t often think of them unless we have a problem, but they are always working for you. A glass of cranberry juice every now and then will help them do their job efficiently.

LAUGHTER Doctors and health professionals are prescribing laughter to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and increase disease-fighting cells which lead to a healthier immune system. Laughter is free, fun and everyone can do it, so it’s no wonder why they’ve always said, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE Look for this ingredient in your vitamin C skin care products. This stable form of vitamin C doesn’t cause stinging, redness or irritation like other forms of vitamin C can, and will dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. It’s known to be one of the very best topical antioxidants to give your skin its daily dose of anti-aging, as well as reducing discoloration and brown spots. You can find it in Vitamin C&E Treatment.

NAPS We are incredibly sleep deprived in the U.S, and it can take a real toll on your body, health and mind. Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night and treat yourself to an occasional nap to help lower stress, improve the quality of your life and your skin. (Sleep has been shown to reduce acne.) I wear a sleep and fitness tracker daily to allow me to monitor both the hours and quality of my sleep.

OLIVE OIL Mediterraneans have 1/3 the rate of cardiovascular disease of Americans. The secret is lots of olives and olive oil. It’s great for salads and sauteing, is one of the “good fats,” and can actually help you lose weight. Eat up and enjoy its amazing benefits.

PASSION FRUIT SEED OIL This is an excellent ingredient to use in skin care products due to its many benefits. Like many plant-sourced ingredients, passion fruit has anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for sensitive, aging skins by protecting from DNA-damaging free radicals. It’s high in fatty acids so it keeps dry skin looking smooth and plump to fend off the appearance of fine lines. It also offers essential cell growth and repair to the skin because of the high vitamin A content. Simply put, it’s a powerful ingredient to use on your skin. You can find it in Pro Remedy Oil.

QUERCITIN A member of the flavonoid group, this is another antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals. Quercitin is found in purple grapes, onions and green tea.

RED MARINE ALGAE This miracle ingredient is believed by many researchers to be an immune system enhancer as well as an exceptional moisturizing ingredient with healing capabilities. Used for centuries by inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands, this has been shown to improve hydration levels and increase skin’s firmness and elasticity, giving long-lasting skin softness and comfort. Try Renée Rouleau Hawaiian Nourishing Cream to give the skin a youthful glow.

SUN PROTECTION Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure we get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, “I’m not out at all during the day,” but just walking to your car,  driving in your car or working near a window in your home or office will give you unnecessary UV damage. Windshields and windows do nothing to protect you from UV rays, and we know that UV light is the #1 cause of aging. A minimum of SPF 30 should be used every day, rain or shine, inside or out. Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 contains zinc oxide and is lightweight, greaseless and won’t cause break outs. (It’s a favorite of actress, Sofia Vergara who wears it daily as a moisturizer on both the face and neck.) Get serious about wearing sunscreen as this will dramatically slow down visible skin aging—and prevent skin cancer.

TONERS As long as they are alcohol-free, toners offer the skin intensive hydration benefits which ensure the structure of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) is health, smooth and the moisture barrier is intact. After cleansing, apply toner to a Renée Rouleau Toning Cloth and wipe over skin. Make sure to leave damp on the skin before applying a serum or cream to lock in the moisturizing benefits that toners provide.

U (YOU!) Only you can keep your skin and body healthy. Make good, smart choices in your life, and you’ll be looking and feeling your best for years to come.

VEGETABLES (ESPECIALLY GREEN ONES) They provide us with vitamins, minerals and fiber which all help to keep our bodies healthier while the fiber keeps us regular. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C (antioxidants), fiber and folic acid. Specific carotenoids found in spinach may help to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts that are common in the later years of life. And of course, getting vitamins and nutrients inside your body will only help your skin glow on the outside. Eat 7-9 servings a day.

WATER Water is the perfect liquid for hydration. Our cells are 60% water. Drink one quart for every 50lb. of body weight.

XYLITOL This is a sweet substitute if you can’t eat sugar. It’s a naturally occurring carbohydrate that tastes sweet but will not raise your blood sugar. It helps prevent obesity because it does not raise insulin and is available in health specialty food stores.

YOGA Calm the mind while toning the body with yoga. This exercise has been around for hundreds of years and helps to strengthen the immune system, increase flexibility, improve breathing, oxygenate the tissues, and relaxes us mentally and spiritually. Yoga is a wonderful end to a stressful day and a great lifestyle habit.

ZINC OXIDE Used in sunscreen formulations, this offers UV reflecting sun protection with an extremely low risk of irritation, making it ideal for hyper sensitive skin. Try Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 (a favorite of actress, Sofia Vergara) which contains 7% Micronized Zinc Oxide.

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