5 Unconventional Approaches to Youthful Skin

Your skin is a mark of your overall health and well-being. The secret to youthful-looking skin is not a secret. When you eat right, sleep well, regulate your hydration and indulge in a skincare routine, your skin should be perfectly healthy. 

However, no matter how hard you try, there comes a time when striking the right balance in terms of diet, physical activity, sleep, hydration and mental health can be tricky to achieve, resulting in poor skin health that affects your confidence and dents your self-worth.

At such times, you can lean towards different approaches, backed by medical research, that will help you achieve your skin goals. These approaches also work in combination with your regular skincare regimen.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the 5 atypical yet effective ways to younger-looking skin. 

1. PRP Injections

While PRP therapy has often been used for treating injuries in sports medicine, PRP facial rejuvenation treatment, also known as vampire facials, has recently taken the dermatology world by storm. 

This approach uses Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections, where a small amount of your blood is derived and processed further to enrich the plasma with platelets. Platelets are a part of the blood responsible for blood clotting and producing growth factor protein essential for healing. After processing, your blood is injected back into your skin.

The platelets in these facial injections trigger growth factors for promoting collagen production, stimulating cell turnover and regenerating tissue. This approach works great for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, treating acne scars, and improving the overall appearance of your skin.

As PRP facial treatment utilises elements from your own body, the chances of allergic reactions are slim. With this treatment, you can target your skin’s deeper layers, thereby aiming for long-term rejuvenation results. However, this procedure may not recommended for those afraid of needles or want instant results.

2. Facial Yoga

You may already know the benefits of yoga for your mind and body. Facial yoga is an extension of these benefits for a more youthful appearance. An emerging trend, facial yoga involves performing targeted exercises that strengthen the muscles in your face and promote circulation. 

These exercises target the tiny and delicate muscles in your face to help tighten the skin and keep it plump and age-defying. Face yoga experts recommend practising yoga daily twice a day, once while waking up and once before going to bed. Not only does regular face yoga practice enhance elasticity and contribute to a lifted and age-defying facial appearance, but can also keep you relaxed and reduce your stress levels which can result in premature ageing.

3. LED Light Therapy

Originally developed by NASA for plant growth experiments on shuttle missions, light emitting diode or LED therapy is now used by aestheticians the world over as an antiageing approach. 

Based on the skin issue, LED therapy uses light in varying wavelengths of red and blue light frequencies, where red light is used for anti-ageing while blue light is for treating acne.

The bright side of this approach is that does not cause burns, unlike other anti-ageing procedures like laser and it’s safe for regular use since LED light does not contain UV rays. Incorporating this unconventional and non-invasive treatment for youthful skin into your regular skincare routine can improve your overall skin health and appearance.

4. Facial Cupping

Facial cupping is an atypical approach that involves using suction cups to stimulate your body’s muscles and skin. A part of traditional Chinese medicine, cupping therapy is said to improve the flow of your ‘Qi’, meaning life force. 

When done on the face using small and soft cups, it is known as facial cupping. These cups work by gently pulling the skin away from deep layers of fascia, resulting in increased blood flow to the area and rejuvenating the skin by promoting fresh blood formation.

Over time and regular practice, facial cupping can boost your complexion, reduce wrinkles and fine lines on your face and restore a youthful glow.

5. Retinol

Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, is used as a topical treatment to minimise the signs of ageing. This is a powerful ingredient that addresses a variety of skin concerns, including sun damage, breakouts, wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. 

This ingredient speeds the turnover process of skin cells and promotes a brighter and smoother skin complexion. Going deeper into the skin layers, retinol can boost collagen production and increase skin plumpness. However, you must be careful when applying this ingredient and introduce it gradually into your routine, as it can cause skin sensitivity in some individuals. 

To Sum Up

With the growing pursuit of youthful skin, it is hard not to try and experiment with one or more techniques along with your standard skincare regimen. Ensure you conduct thorough research and consult a professional before you try any trend-forward approaches. Remember, along with the techniques for age-defying skin, the key to achieving and maintaining youthful skin lies in being consistent in your self-care routine and nourishing your body.