Want to know the secret to anti aging, but don’t have the time or funds to invest in long complex routines? The answer is simple and requires little to no effort in lifestyle changes. Looming deadlines, heavy traffic and burdensome chores - our days are full of tiresome obligations, but your anti aging skin care routine doesn’t need to be one of them.
Ayurvedic expert and luxe beauty pro, Shrankhla Holecek of UMA Oils offers an 8-day beauty hack guide to offer you age prevention essentials that don’t take all the time in the world. Her family’s opulent farm-to-bottle brand has farmed and crafted the world’s finest organic oils for centuries. According to Shrankhla, a few quick daily beauty hacks can perform anti aging wonders.
Day 1: Smoothies for Smooth Skin!
Alarm goes off, snooze button is activated. Getting ready becomes a rushed affair. Luckily, this simple anti aging skin care routine accommodates your busy schedule. Smoothies! These nutrient-filled treats are always a great way to bootstart the day. Vitamin C is a super ingredient for skin health and fruits like strawberries and kiwis are packed with it. Together they blend into a delicious smoothie that encourages collagen formation and reduces signs of sun damage, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Another power beauty smoothie is blueberry and chia seeds. Blueberries are superfoods full of ellagic acid and antioxidants that protect the skin from the harmful free radicals it is exposed to daily, which harm the collagen that keeps your skin firm. Chia seeds are packed with fatty acids that hydrate and smooth skin from within. The time commitment? Less than five minutes. And the results? A long-lasting and radiantly youthful complexion.
Day 2: Sunscreen from Within
We all know that sun damage can wreak havoc on our skin and we’re constantly told of the importance of protecting our skin from UV-rays. But, how about sunscreen from within? Whether on-the-go or sitting at your office desk, snack away with this simple wrinkle prevention routine. Nibbling on foods that contain the antioxidant lycopene - for instance, watermelons and tomatoes - are proven to dramatically reduce sensitivity to sunburn. In addition, both watermelons and tomatoes are mostly comprised of water and therefore perfect for hydration. Hydration keeps your skin plump and resilient. Win win. Or, if neither are to your taste, why not try these Heliocare Antioxidant Supplements.
Day 3: Age Prevention Essential Oils
As you wash the day off, you may want to incorporate these age prevention essentials. For thousands of years essential oils have been used to reduce signs of aging while promoting mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Frankincense Oil has deeply therapeutic and anti aging benefits that replenishes skills cells to reduce the visibility of wrinkles, spots and fine lines. Rose Essential Oil is as heavenly as it sounds and among the rarest and most difficult oils to extract. The highly coveted oil has excellent moisture retention properties and is super hydrating for your skin. And then there’s the favorite of UMA’s founder Shrankhla - Sandalwood Oil. Its an age-old skincare secret that dramatically boosts luminosity and works with the skin’s natural functions to reduce inflammation and counteract hyperpigmentation - giving you a youthful photoshoot ready glow. Neroli Essential Oil is another fantastic elixir of youth for repairing and brightening skin. Its high concentration of vitamins aids the skin’s natural regeneration process, helping to minimize wrinkles and fine lines. You can massage these oils into your skin following your regular skincare regime or apply a face mask that uses these ingredients. Plus, not only will these oils defy the effects of aging, they help you relax into a peaceful slumber after a long day at work.
Day 4: Face Yoga
Face Yoga. Yes, you read correctly. And it makes perfect sense - why not bless your face with the same detoxifying and toning benefits of sun salutations! Spending a few minutes each day massaging and stretching the skin on your face can have wondrous effects. Press your forefinger and thumb to lengthen your eyebrows away from each other to contract frown lines. As eyelids tend to get heavier with age, it helps to gently rub the surrounding skin and temples to aid elasticity. Accompanying face yoga with essential oils is recommended! Shrankhla herself and UMA fan Molly Sims (who co-wrote this blog post on face yoga) are big fans of facial massages as a way to pair with your skincare regime because it provides excellent collagen boosting, muscle firming and wrinkle banishing support to the skin. “We go through the day typically making the same expressions (yes, that’s how crow’s feet and forehead lines multiply). Supporting your skin in forgetting that muscle memory through a series of quick and easy facial massage moves can be a huge help.”
Day 5: Primer First, Flawless Youthful Glow Second
When applying your makeup - be sure to apply a primer! This super easy anti aging trick fills in fine lines and creates a smooth base for the rest of your makeup - whether you prefer foundation, BB cream or simply a tinted moisturizer. Remember to moisturize beforehand to avoid dryness of the skin. See our guide on best ways to use face oil as a moisturizer with makeup.
Day 6: Eyes, Mouth, Face!
Eyes, mouth, face! Here are some quick tips around all three to detoxify and replenish. Simple changes such as rinsing your eyes with cold water to tighten the skin can make the world of difference to skin cell rejuvenation. And don’t forget your mouth is super important in any anti aging routing. Oil pulling, frequently practiced in Ayurvedic medicine is a great oral detoxification practice that can even be done in the shower to save time - swish a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Oh, and of course remembering not to spit oil into the drain! Or how about a quick and easy homemade exfoliant? A teaspoon of almond oil mixed with a teaspoon of brown sugar not only smells delicious, but works wonders on the skin. Massaging the scrub around your mouth - specifically targeting the laugh lines - will stimulate circulation and remove dead skin giving you a beautiful fresh glow.
Day 7: Sleep Wrinkle Free
Before you catch your Z’s and dream the day away, consider switching to a silk pillowcase. Cotton can dry out the hair and skin and therefore increase premature aging. A silk pillowcase is not only soft on the face, but allows you to continue your anti aging routine while you sleep!
Day 8: Relax with UMA Oil’s Absolute Anti Aging Face Mask
On the weekend set aside some time for yourself to replenish and refresh yourself with UMA Oils new Absolute Anti Aging Face Mask. The mask boasts a resplendent list of UMA’s own meadow-grown ingredients, such as luminosity boosting sandalwood, pore-reducing bentonite and richly-hydrating rose water. However, what makes this product so unique is its inclusion of saffron. Its rich color, scent, flavor and effort taken to harvest it (it takes about 4,500 crocus flowers to make up one ounce of saffron spice) has earned the spice a revered reputation of luxury for thousands of years. Shrankhla discusses her inspiration for the product, “Having produced pristine organic ingredients for many prestige beauty companies for so many decades, our intention with UMA was to introduce only the rarest, most powerful natural ingredients that we uniquely have access and expertise to. Saffron, sandalwood, frankincense are not just very precious ingredients, but have had a long storied history in Ayurvedic Royal Beauty rituals. I want anyone who uses UMA products to feel like royalty and so I feel it necessary to include the most luxurious high-quality ingredients.”
After cleansing, apply a thin layer to a clean face and neck with fingertips in circular motions. Leave the mask on for 7 minutes, indulging your skin with its blend of rich and exquisite ingredients. Remove with warm water and a washcloth. For optimal results: Gently rub an ice cube on the face for one minute after mask removal to close the pores after they have been deeply cleansed. If you crave a daily refresher the Absolute Anti Aging Face Oil might be right for you.