4 Ways To Prevent Early Signs Of Skin Aging

a middle-aged woman applying anti-aging creamThe outside appearance is a reflection of a person’s inner health and how well you take care of yourself through diet and a healthy lifestyle. As we age, sun spots and wrinkles will naturally appear on different parts of the face and body.

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Here are four things you can do to prevent the early signs of skin aging:

Use sunscreen

There are many reasons you should wear sunscreen throughout the year. Whether it is a sunny or rainy day, using sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine. Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and with a broad spectrum on the label. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays– both of which cause age spots and wrinkling. It is also a good idea to look for a sunscreen that is sweat-proof and water-proof as these sunscreens are better at withstanding exposure sweat and water.

To make sure you are getting the right UVA protection, check the label of the sunscreen you are buying. Follow the directions on the label and apply the sunscreen at one to three hours intervals. Sweating and swimming cause the sunscreen to slide off your skin so consider reapplying more often in these conditions.

Avoid tanning

Tanning, whether you get it outdoors or in a tanning bed, is bad news for your skin. It not only makes your skin look worse because of the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation but also increases the risk of developing skin cancer by 75 percent. Outdoor tanning is a form of skin damage and is particularly dangerous for young people.

Cut down on alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol steals hydration from the body and dehydrates the skin. When your skin is dry, issues like sagging and wrinkling will appear earlier. You can savor occasional drinks with friends, but make sure not to overdo it so you can avoid the risk of developing rosacea and broken blood vessels.

Use retinols or retinoids

Retinoids are chemical compounds that can make your skin look younger, while retinol is a vitamin A derivative that is sold without a prescription.

When applying retinoids, more is not necessarily better, because dermatologists say that you only need a pea-sized amount to cover your entire face. Slathering on too much retinoid creams can cause skin dryness and irritation.

While it is highly advisable to consult with a trusted skin care practitioner or certified aesthetician for your cosmetic dermatological needs, preventive measures are in your hands. Apply these tips and you’ll be well on your way towards a lifetime of good skin.

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