Like the rest of your body, your skin changes as you age. In addition to those dreaded wrinkles, you may notice that your skin looks thinner and less plump than when you were younger. You may also notice that scratches and bumps take longer to heal. Although you can’t turn back the clock or stop the progression of time, taking precautions to protect your skin can keep it looking and feeling healthy and attractive.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Although you may have been a sun-worshipper in your younger days, it’s not too late to guard against future damage. According to Columbia University, the accumulation of sun exposure causes the majority of age-related skin changes, such as wrinkling, brown spots and roughness. Defend the youthful appearance of your skin by using a sunscreen that contains UVA and UVB protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains micro-fine zinc oxide can help protect against the damaging rays of the sun. Apply sunscreen as a daily part of your anti-aging routine.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
The National Institute on Aging advises that not drinking enough liquids can contribute to the dry skin many older individuals suffer from. Stay hydrated by sipping on water throughout the day.
Apply a Skin Cream
Some types of creams contain anti-aging ingredients that can improve the look and feel of your skin. Although these preparations may not provide a face-lift in a jar, they may help minimize the appearance of fine lines. According to the Mayo Clinic, copper peptides in skin creams can stimulate the production of collagen, while retinol helps to neutralize free radicals that can contribute to wrinkling. Hydroxy acids act as exfoliants, removing the upper layer of dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of new skin. Follow the label instructions when applying skin preparations that contain these anti-aging ingredients.
Avoid rough treatment of your skin that may cause damage. Make it a habit to pat your skin lightly after showering or bathing. The Mayo Clinic advises gently patting your skin, allowing a little moisture to remain on the surface.
Put Out the Fire
Stop lighting up. Even though you may be familiar with the many health threats caused by cigarette smoke, you might not know how it affects the appearance of your skin. The Mayo Clinic advises that smoking can narrow the blood vessels in your skin and damage the collagen and elastin fibers. This damage results in sagging skin and premature wrinkles.
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