Everybody wants to look younger, but not everybody has money like a Hollywood celebrity. Thanks to advances in medicine and science, it doesn’t cost a fortune to look young anymore. American film, TV actress and comedian Regina Hall (@morereginahall) played a character in her teens In Scary Movie (2000). She was actually in her 30’s at the time. I remember that movie. Regina looked like a young fresh teenager, and still looks great! How does she do it?
I was recently watching a hilarious interview on Hollywood Today featuring Regina Hall, and let me tell you I laughed my a—off! I loved Regina in the Wayans Brothers classic Scary Movie (2000) and she was outstanding as Candace Hall in Think Like a Man (2012) and Ryan Pierce in Girls Trip (2017). Let me tell you Regina Hall shared some beauty secrets they may shock you!
Hilarity aside, including some fascinating therapy with crystals, some of the strategies are real. For instance Face Lift Tapes like Furlesse , Frownies or even plain old Scotch tape at $1.48 a role to reduce frown lines are real. In fact the entertainment industry is known for facelift tape as a quick way to lift sagging skin on a budget. Raquel Welch devoted almost an entire chapter in her tell all autobiography to Frownies. Tape is used to physically lift the skin and pull it back behind the ears and under the hair for a tighter appearance. That’s a lot like what happens with a real facelift by a Plastic Surgeon.
And what about Crystals like rose quartz? Proponents of Crystal healing or the use of gemstones for health speak of crystals acting as conduits to support the flow of positive healing or balanced energy. Terms like Chi (qi), Ki or life force energy associated with Chinese acupuncture and Japanese Reiki are relevant. While Western science hasn’t caught up, crystals are prevalent in spas and meditation practices today.
So what are some strategies for anti-aging on a budget? A healthy diet, regular skincare routine, and daily hydration and moisturizing go a long way in sustaining a younger look for much longer.
If Ponce de Leon had access to today’s over-the-counter facial masks and serums, much less minimally invasive procedures like laser treatments and fillers, he never would’ve explored Florida.
And you don’t need to break the bank; even if you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of options to keep your skin looking young and beautiful.
- Apply Sunscreen Before Moisturizer – Prolonged exposure to the sun is one of the fastest ways to age your skin. It also puts you at risk of cancer. Broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays that could harm it. And sunscreen should be used every day, regardless of the season.
Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are the best sun-blocking active ingredients. There are others on the market like oxybenzone and octisalate, but they degrade much faster. For best results on your skin, apply active ingredients like Vitamin C, sunscreen, moisturizer, and then makeup in that order. Also a beeswax chapstick is a great way to keep your lips moisturized. Be sure to put sunscreen on those too.
- Get a Retin-A Prescription – Retin A (tretinoin) is the scientific name for vitamin A1, one of the most important nutrients associated with skin health. When ingested, vitamin A1 is converted into retinoic acid, the active ingredient in Retin-A, which is typically prescribed for acne treatment.
Retin-A is used to generally heal the skin, and it’s especially useful in emergency situations. For example, if you have skin problems on your wedding day, you’ll want to use it to ensure you’re photogenic on the most important day of your life. It can restore sun-damaged skin, and it’s even covered by many health insurance plans. This is a powerful treatment and thus a prescription is required and it should only be used with the guidance of your doctor.
It is estimated that Retin A may be about 100 times stronger than the retinol creams available over the counter.
- Use Serums – Most skin serums also have vitamins for your skin. Aside from Retinol, there are a ton of other active ingredients that help make your skin look younger. Vitamin C, hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, peptides, panthenol, niacinamide, and coenzyme Q10 are just a few that should be on your shopping list. Serums that let you apply these ingredients directly to your skin prior to sunscreen and moisturizing as described above are ideal.
You can also find many of these as ingestible supplements. However, just like with water, ingesting and applying topically are two different things. Both are necessary to keep your skin looking its youngest.
- Minor Cosmetic Procedures – While these skincare tips are great for daily maintenance, if you’ve been slacking off, you may need a soft reset. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and Botox injections are affordable out of pocket.
These procedures offer various levels of noticeable skin transformations. You’ll look younger within several hours to a few days, and the effects will last months to years. Following a proper skin care routine afterwards will extend that even longer.
And of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drinking water is one of the most overlooked ways to keep your skin elastic, glowing, and healthy throughout your life. In fact, it’s probably the smartest decision you’ll make every day.
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