Aging happens to the best of us, but it does not have to happen as quickly or as noticeably as you may think. By protecting your skin now while you are young, you can prevent a host of irritating aging concerns from arising in the future. Even if you are already in middle age or beyond and you have noticed dull skin, lines and wrinkles and even age spots appearing, you still have a variety of options for treating your skin. These tips can help you no matter what your age or your skin concerns are.
Stay Out of the Sun
The sun is one of the most powerful skin agers. Even 10 minutes in the sun can lead to a burn. Over time, this sun damage can build up on your skin, leading to a leathery look, untold lines, wrinkles, freckles and age spots. Your skin is most prone to damage in the areas that turn up to the sun every day, such as your nose, forehead and shoulders. Try to stay out of the sun during the most dangerous hours of mid-morning to mid-afternoon, wear a large-brimmed hat and sun-resistant clothing and always apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is important even on days when it is cloudy especially if you are fair-skinned. Opt for a product that has a minimum SPF of 15 but preferably SPF 30, and apply a quarter-sized portion to your face every day.
Wash Gently and Always Moisturize
Your goal when washing your face should not be to find a product that creates a thick lather and makes your face feel squeaky clean. Instead, you should opt for products that clean gently, leaving some of your natural oils in place. In addition, be sure to moisturize your skin whenever you wash your body or face to lock in moisture.
Eat the Right Foods
The foods you eat have powerful effects on your skin as well as on all the organs of your body. Although you may not think that they are as important as some of these other measures, foods improve your skin from the inside out. Some of the most important ones to consider with skin aging include avocado, broccoli, spinach, blueberries and nuts. These foods are high in antioxidants, healthy fats and vitamins.
Use Anti Aging Cream and Serum
Anti aging cream or serum can be used as early as your 30s. It can be used preventatively before you even notice your first line or wrinkle. You may notice that your skin appears firmer and more toned and that it redevelops that glow that it once had. However, these anti-aging products are also particularly important once you reach your 40s and beyond. The older you get, the more important proven ingredients, such as retinol and vitamin C, become. By choosing a trusted brand, you will ensure that more of the active ingredients make it below the surface of your skin. In addition, you will want to look for moisturizing ingredients to make your skin appear plump and smooth.
Visit a Cosmetic Specialist
If you try the other steps with limited success and are still unhappy with how your skin appears, you may want to visit a cosmetic specialist. Today, there are many procedures available to make your skin look smooth, toned and spot-free that do not require surgery. Some of the most popular options include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Botox and dermal fillers.
You do not have to put up with aging skin any longer, nor do you have to put up with the constant worries that you will eventually have lined and wrinkled skin. By protecting your skin now and focusing on trustworthy products to keep your skin healthy, you can love your skin throughout your whole body well into old age.