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Anti-Aging Tips Because Everyone Loves Prevention

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging
I am all about prevention.

Sometimes I feel like our generation is all about the NOW. No one thinks 5 years in advance. They’re just thinking about today, you know.

Not shockingly, I really try to AVOID this way of thinking when it comes to my skin.

To give a backstory on how I feel about skin: I don’t think about today. I don’t care about a zit. In fact, I’m not thinking about NOW with my skin. I care about the future. How my skin will look in 5, 10, 20 years. This is why I avoid the sun at all costs. People would say I’m crazy with how I avoid the sun…but you guys already know how I feel about that.

Anyway, these are some anti-aging tips that I practice on a day to day basis:

First & foremost, I avoid cigarettes. This is obvious. But I actually avoid people smoking them. I will walk away. I will even cover my mouth & nose. I will go as far to pretend I’m allergic. Cigarettes are SO aging. I’m not judging you if you smoke cigarettes, it’s your life BUT if you’re not going to think about your health & lung cancer, think about your skin too. It’s poison to skin— wrinkles, pigment, tired lines, the works.

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging

This obviously leads us to the next anti-aging tip: a quality serum. Again, obvious. But I’m a HUGE fan of not only applying serum to my face, but also my neck. You guys know I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum for the last year because it targets lines, wrinkles, discolorations, age spots, & sun damaged skin ( my hyper pigmentation struggle is so real ). The PREVAGE® product line focuses on protecting the skin against environmental factors, like the sun and pollution, using a powerful antioxidant called Idebenone. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin texture. And I use it on my neck A LOT because the neck is where you see a lot of age. Sometimes I even use it on my hands. I feel like you can have perfect skin on your face, but if the neck & hands aren’t on fleek ( haha, first time I’ve used this word & definitely the last ) then forget it.

Like I mentioned after my morning skin hydration ritual, I stay OUT OF THE SUN & wear a hat too to further protect my skin. This means I even run errands in a hat. AND NO SUN ROOF or convertible for me, thanks.

Water & sleep are other obvious tips, BUT do you actually drink water & get enough sleep? Think about it. I realized I wasn’t drinking enough water last month & swiftly changed that by making it a rule that I consume THREE 1 liter SmartWaters a day. Now it’s a thing I do daily without much thought.

The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging
Now sleep…the other night I slept 6 hours. The next day I WAS A WRECK. I am not someone who can live off 6 hours of sleep & frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Americans especially sometimes brag about how ‘they only slept for 5 hours.’

I LOOK WAY BETTER, FEEL BETTER, & FUNCTION BETTER on at least 8 hours. At least. Again, not going to feel bad about it. I’m listening to my body. Ultimately, I believe water & sleep are SO anti-aging.

Another anti-aging tip is AVOIDING STRESS. Stress is a silent killer. This is the hardest anti-aging tip for me. I stress way too much. The other day someone said to me: “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gets you nowhere.” Sooo true, ugh.

But I can’t help it.

I stress about Pixy’s upcoming vet appointment. I stress about family. I stress about getting all the laundry done. I stress about work. I stress about LuAnn on Real Housewives ( I kid, but her having that weird guy in her room on vacation did give me anxiety for Heather ). Anyway…stress raises cortisol levels which are so aging. This is one we’ll call a work in progress for me, k?

Lastly, one of my biggest tips: um DUH, I heal my body from the inside out. What I put inside, comes out on the outside. If I eat bad, I feel bad. I don’t eat meat unless it’s grass fed, I don’t eat salmon unless it’s wild, I don’t drink unfiltered water, I don’t overload on sugar, and I don’t overdo it with processed foods. I fuel my body the best I can.

I whole heartedly believe that these practices ( which aren’t huge sacrifices ) will make me look & feel younger.

It’s really surprisingly simple if you think about it: no smoking, a quality anti-aging serum, water, sleep, stress less, & eat clean.

Also, burning essential oils, mediating ( TRYING! ), listening to jazz, reading a good book, & a lavender bubble bath really make me feel like I’m making a difference? Maybe it’s not? But you get it.

Ok so, I’d love to know: what are your anti-aging tips? ALL RECOMMENDATIONS ARE VERY MUCH WELCOME! Let me know in the comments section below.

With love from under an umbrella, YAY, lauryn xx

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The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging

  1. I am the same way. I have to get 8+ hours of sleep each night. I have been using anti aging stuff since I was 18 and people still think I am 18…although I am close to 30 now. My mom is almost 60, but she looks 20 years younger because she has been doing stuff like this since she was in her 20s 🙂 It’s all about prevention!

    1. Alexis, that is amazing! Your story makes me feel like my psychotic nature with my skin is going to all pay off. Thanks for reading :)) xx

  2. My mom looks insanely young for her age (all the women in my family do)…and they all said their secret was they started preparing to turn 50 in their 20s. Good skincare, developing good lifestyle habits. They all swear by constant moisturizing and sunscreen on their hands daily.

    1. Hi MacKenzie I totally agree. Also remember, moisturizing can also come from the inside. Water, water, water. I try to drink at least 60 ounces every day.

  3. Anti-aging must haves:
    Coconut Oil
    Frankincense (really look into this since you love oils!)

  4. I absolutely killed my skin as a teenager because I was (am) pale as a ghost and thought frying myself was the best way to fit in and stop being teased! I know, cringe. Now that I’m in my 20s I’m all about prevention and trying to fix what I ruined (my nose is basically one big scar…I know.) so thanks for sharing your tips with us! I think I’m gonna be reading all the comments on this one, ha!

  5. These are the main anti-aging items I use and swear by:
    Juverest anti-wrinkle pillow – looks really weird but really works so that your face isn’t smushed while sleeping
    Skinceuticals CE Ferulic acid serum every AM followed by SPF 50 sunscreen
    Any retinoid product at least 2-3 times per week

    Totally agree with the sun avoidance and using cover-up with hats and other light clothing when out in the sun or by the pool!

    1. Hi Jocelin, thanks for sharing. I am intrigued by the pillow. I hate when I wake up with marks on my face from sleeping weird. Thanks for sharing :))

  6. Sometimes when I’m talking to people I realize I’ve got my eyebrows raised, same when I’m stressed. It leaves lines on my forehead so I consciously try to keep my face relaxed as often as possible! And amen on prevention, I’m 19 and I think about it.

    1. Hi Dana, if you’re already thinking about it you will be FINE! You’re getting an early start. Good for you! Keep it up! Thanks for reading babe

  7. Yep, totally agree with all these points! Can’t say I’m following up all those point every single day but I do think its so important to be aware of how you take care of yourself. nice post 🙂 <3

  8. Great tips! I need a serum asap.
    I drink hydrolyzed gelatin everyday it’s collagen from the inside. Helped with my cellulite as well so win-win situation.

    1. Hi Steffi, gelatin is SO good for you. I am addicted. I drink bone broth on the regular just for the gelatin. Thanks for reading :))

  9. I know you’re all about the natural and healthy stuff too so, I would love for you to check out Arbonne! It’s free of mineral oil, parabens, additives, gluten, we’re ceritfied Vegan.. The list goes on 🙂 but we also have an amazing anti aging serum that has made all my acne scarring disappear-, because I’ve basically tried everything to get rid of them 🙂 (I swear by this stuff and it’s not just because I sell it) I would love to even send you some stuff to try !

  10. I try my hardest to get as much turmeric and garlic into my daily food intake as possible. Always, always put the SPF on the hands ladies!! I am about to try the vampire facial (also on neck, chest and hands!!), so excited–have heard great things. I also get microcurrent facials often that work wonders and turn back the clock for me.

    And Lauren, “Be cool–Don’t be like…Uncool!” XOXO

    1. Love all of these suggestions. Wait, you have to tell me about the vampire facial after you do it! Will you email me the details? I’m so intrigued! Thanks for reading Catie :))

  11. loops, commented on the wrong post, but deff something everyone in their 20’s should consider. Im already using my anti wrinkle eye cream and brightener !

  12. I need to do more of this, especially the sleep and moisturizer. My face is naturally oily and acne prone so I’m really picky about what I put on my face. thanks for the tips ❤️

    1. Hi Sara, if you’re skin is oily it usually means your skin is actually dehydrated and you need MORE moisturizer. Your skin produces oils when there is a lack of moisture, it’s trying to compensate for the lack of it. Drink water and use super hydrating, all natural moisturizers. I LOVE this brand:

      What skin care products are you currently using?? LMK xx

  13. So true I find myself caring more about my future self nowadays I am rubbing myself with oils galore, drinking tons of water and trying to reverse all this sun damage I did to myself in my teens! Thanks for sharing your tips xo C

    1. Hi Courtney! I am exactly the same as you! I don’t want to do any more damage 🙁 Thanks for reading

  14. What about if you’ve tried everything and you can’t sleep?? How do you get that much needed sleep???

    1. Hi Stacy, some people just can’t sleep very much. But honestly, the more active you are during the day the longer your body will naturally sleep. Are you working out regularly? Getting a lot done during the day? You can also try natural sleep supplements like melatonin. Thanks for reading 🙂

  15. On top of everything you said, I also avoid alcohol. It ages you.
    Also, working out helps restoring that youthful glow.

    1. Ahh you must have some serious will power Anpi! Alcohol is hard for me to avoid, I love a good glass of rosé :))

  16. I would be so lost without your blog! You’ve developed a trust with so many of your readers (unlike many other bloggers) because you’ve always been authentic. You’ve not just divulged the inner most secrets of your life but you’ve mastered the art of knowing what to share. You’ve developed the perfect harmony of your personal trials for potential insight yet still display an aseptically stunning & inspiring place for us to visit. Inspiring but not unachievable. Yes, the specific Elizabeth Arden serum isn’t the cheapest but the charcoal toothpaste is 4.99. Teacher readers to find that balance in our wellness/beauty routines! You follow what lights you up & because of that you’re leading others towards their life. So thank you so much. Sometimes it may seem like a silly post on sunscreen but it makes a substantial difference in my day.

    Now that I’ve gone straight up Oprah’s Master Class on you haha I started this post for a completely different reason! With bloggers who update frequently & are always finding new products or routines I always wonder as time goes by if there are rituals or products you know longer believe in as strongly! This always stresses me out (which obvi can’t happen via fine lines!)! SO if you could ever make like a “just kidding about that” post for those of us like me that would be awesome. You’ve led me to so many things from gelatin to bee pollen, boob tube & Pu-erh tea, ACV cocktails- you get it! I just don’t want to keep stuffing my face with raw garlic if I don’t have to. 😉 haha Not really but you know. Ok. Giving Mark Twain his job back now.

    LOVE TSC!!

    1. Hi Audra, your comment is seriously so sweet. Thank you for everything you said. It seriously means so much to me!! And I LOVE your post idea. I’ve definitely evolved over the years. I’ll keep it in mind for sure :)) Thanks for reading and for being so sweet

  17. Loving all the great posts on anti-aging. I’m all about the sun protective clothing, especially covering my hands with SPF rated gloves when I drive. The sun totally damages the thin skin of the hands and shows age quickly. Once I started wearing gloves, I realized how much my hands were exposed throughout the day. You can apply sunscreen, but what a pain! Plus it washes off with hand washing. I’d rather look silly now rocking my sun gloves, than have wretched old hands later!

  18. I use SPF 30 daily without fail and a retinol cream or AHA cream at night. Any decent NY dermatologist worth his salt will tell you retinoids and otc retinol is the gold standard in anti aging cream. I use ROC, but there are others as well.

    Also I practice Yoga, which keeps me flexible, relaxed and in shape, as well as weight training and cardio sessions at the gym.

    I eat plenty of vegetables, drink green tea and try to cut back on dairy and meat. On a daily basis I take supplements like curcumin and omega 3’s.

    Oh and I just bought a Tria Age Defying laser. Heard so many good things about, so I thought I would give it a try.

  19. I’d love to know what you do to get back on track, because like you I’m a big believer in healing your body from the inside out. I’ve had to work on eating better to get rid of my acne and juicing has worked miracles on my skin! But I’m in a really lazy food phase right now where I kind of back slid into junk food and now I crave it all the time even if I try and start juicing again. Any tips for getting back on track with the healthy lifestyle?

  20. I wear SPF 30 every day on my face (Kiss My Face Face Factor) and have been doing this for the past 3 years. I finally have myself in the habit now of also wearing SPF 30 on my neck, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands, esp since I moved to California and realized I was getting tan year round completely unintentionally! As for reversing the incredibly stupid sun damage I did in my teens, I use Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment (the only retinol I haven’t turned into a pimply peeling mess from), RESIST Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA, and Skin Recovery Moisturizer. I also love the Fruit Stem Cell Serum from Analou Naturals. I have better skin than I did in my early 20s thinks to these products! And I still don’t have a line on my face.

  21. I love that in this post, you’ve addressed the foundation to good skincare, and not just particular products. I have nice skin (partly genetic, partly self-care), so I get asked pretty frequently what products I use. Before I even give recommendations on products, my first advice is always: drink more water, wear sunscreen, moisturize and take your makeup off before going to sleep. (I should probably add getting more quality sleep and less stress to the list, but I’m still working on that myself).

    Once you get the basics down you can geek out on what ingredients to include (or not include) in your skincare routine, but if you don’t have a good foundation, all those fancy products are not going to be as effective.

  22. I’m excited for the day when you are 40 and have a SUPER successful brand under you and you can say, “I’m a 40 year old BADASS girl boss and my body is GORGEOUS!” Not that you SHOULD say that, but I have a feeling that at 40 you will be ABLE to say it 😉

  23. How do you get vitamin D which is essential for bone growth(our bones are constantly renewing themselves and require vitamin D fir this) Vitamin D can only be obtained from skin being exposed to tbe sun – about 20 minutes a day on arms or legs. Lack of vitamin D will eventually lead to osteoprorosis

  24. I’ve been using coconut oil the last year or so and I love it! Love your page 🙂


  25. Great post! My number one trick for anti-aging is prescription strength retinol. Hands down, if you Google it, it’s the single most (scientifically proven) effective trick for beating signs of age and wrinkles. Also, of course SPF! My latest fave is Bare Republic SPF30 by Coola that I just found at Target!! So smooth and matte.


  26. Hi
    Im 24 i go to a lot of raves in the UK i get a lot of 18 year olds thinking im the same age. I have always drank water and I always catch up on extra sleep from raving. I try to eat a balanced diet. My mum always makes a salad with a meat and potatoes that have been cooked in an oven that are then rewarmed in a frying pan with olive oil and garlic lightly both sides.
    A lot of the time people think im a lot younger then I am
    My last relationship was really bad that caussed me to cry a lot since then I have met my soul mate so I am always happy. I have been trying to use natural makeup products and I have always when remembered moistered. Clinique is one of my favourite brands. I also think it is really important to live and spedn as much time in the countryside as possible. I almost recently moved to bristol but i am glad I have stayed in Wales as the air is much clearer with no pollution. I have been growing my own veg and would like to go further next year as I do not trust a lot of veg from the supermarket. I believe drinking water, getting sleep and living in an area with no polllution is very important. I have been also using a lot of LUSH products. We dont get much sun in wales mostly rain. I will definetly take up on the Elizabeth Arden product. I have also made my bf stop smoking this week and only allow him 1 fizzy drink a day with only water for the rest of his liquid intake.

  27. I started using a serum for sensitive skin from saje natural wellness which is all natural and infused with essential oils GAME CHANGER. A lot of lemon water has been an amazing help too and a diet high in healthy fats!

  28. Hi Lauryn,

    I love your blog and all your tips. Water is extremely important but not all water is the same. I drink Alkalined ionized hydrogen-rich water! The quest for “the fountain of youth” -physical regeneration of the body, longevity and vitality-inspired several people over the last century to study the qualities of water. What they found is revealing. Even more important is that scientists have uncovered the real reason why electrically ionized water is catching on world wide.
    I would love to share more information with you if your interested. Jennifer

  29. My tips are very similar to your with one exception. I have close family members who smoke and I will not avoid them for the sake of my skin.

  30. Sleep on your back; hard to learn if you sleep in any other way but it does help prevent wrinkles and skin slacking. Use a satin pillow case, if not 🙂

  31. I don’t see the sponsored rules & regulations, so I assume this is for the sweeps sponsored by blogher and my answer is I use cetaphil cleanser in the morning

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  32. #SweepstakesEntry- comment

    I also do not smoke, never have. I try to maintain a positive attitude about things and I also love chewing gum and blowing bubbles…Yes, I think that definitely helps to keep you young lol I betcha if I live to be 99 I will still be chewing gum and blowing bubbles


  33. I really like how you point out that a lot of people are about the now and not about looking 5 years down the road. I think it’s awesome that you are are trying to avoid this way of thinking and are trying to plan for further down the road. My wife is huge into this way of thinking and does so much to make sure her skin is healthy. I’ll have to show her this and see what she thinks about it.

  34. Hi Lauryn!!
    This is an amazing article. I just spent an hour browsing the Skin Actives website. I used to try so many of their tips. I have been using anti aging stuff from a long time. I love the suggestion of taking a good sleep. I agree with you that a good sleep help us in feeling fresh on next day and also keep us healthy. Thanks and keep sharing more tips.
    Annette H. Rizer

  35. Hi Lauryn,

    Thanks for sharing……..You provide the best anti-aging tips, it will helps women a lot. You did a great job on maiking this. Well, Wellness and beauty is the main and most important part of every one’s life. Nobody can live without luxury lifestyle. Women’s wish for their last beauty and glourious and men’s wish for their high salary and high class lifestyle but with all these we need to maintain our health and relationship also. This is also very important.

    Thanks for Sharing
    Keep posting more…..

  36. Exfoliate at least once every week
    Do you have any idea how many old dead cells can be on your skin? In average, you lose about 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells per 1 minute or about 2 million per 1 hour. That’s a lot of dead skin cells.

    Once a week, treat your skin with a good exfoliant to remove all those dead cells from it.

    Moisturize your skin
    Whether it’s cold or hot, humid or dry outside, your skin loses a lot of its natural moisture during the day. Fortunately, moisturizers can help here.

    Its best if you use a moisturizer that is about 80% oil, as it will help keep the skin soft and moisturized.

  37. Thanks for sharing your great anti-aging tips! This is very useful for everyone and I really appreciate your tips. I want to share some tips too about anti-aging, just visit my profile to see my tips.

  38. Your valuable anti-aging skin care tips will slowing down aging problems and remove age spots for long time. A healthy lifestyle is also necessary including these tips to enjoy life with a beauty on skin.

  39. It’s great to learn that avoiding stress will help you avoid aging. My wife and I are getting older and she is wanting to learn how she can prevent wrinkles on her face. I’ll be sure to tell her to be less stressed to avoid any wrinkles.

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