Our skin changes as we age, it a natural concept of getting older. You may see fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone, dry skin and the list continues. So how can protect you skin and slow down the aging process?
Well, the American Academy of Dermatology shares 7 best practices to reduce aging skin:
1. Protect your skin from the sun every day. From running to the pharmacy to gardening outside sun protection is a must! You should use broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher, and water resistant sunblock to fight against harmful UV rays.
2. Stop smoking. Smoking has proven negative effects for the skin, such as vertical wrinkles around the mouth, crows feet around the eyes and even collagen and elasticity damage.
3. Avoid repetitive facial motions. What I mean is if you tend to go outside without sunglasses and sit there and squint for long periods of time, you will start to see those creases turn into permanent wrinkles. Practice a relaxed state for your face.
4. Drink more water. Forefront Dermatology’s Dr. Steven Deliduka says “I’ve found that water can have a significant impact in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent. Proper hydration levels help the skin to become plump and improves its elasticity meaning it’s less likely to crack and have irritations and blemishes.” Our bodies are made of up to 60% water, it is a vital nutrient to the life of ever cell. Drinking water helps keep the cells hydrated and reaps great benefits.
5. Drink less alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates your body and yes this includes your skin! Reports have said that drinking too much can deprive your skin of vital vitamins and nutrients. An occasional drink is fine, just don’t need to have that nap cap, every night.
6. Use moisturizer daily. As we age our skin naturally becomes drier, the benefit of using a moisturizer is that it traps water in our skin to keep it looking and feeling healthier and more moisturized.
7. Get enough sleep. Sleep gives your body the time it needs to refresh and reset itself. Dermalogica says “the hours we spend asleep are actually among the most constructive. During the day our skin cells are in defense mode…when the sun goes down, your mind and body switch into an active regeneration mode – repairing daytime damage..”
Thanks for reading!
Live Well. Age Well
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