- Be Gentle With Your Face Wash
When you clean your skin, be gentle and use a hypoallergenic formula. Be sure to use a light hand, cleansing in gentle, circular motions. Aggressive scrubbing could irritate already sensitive skin and accelerate aging.
- Make Sure Your SPF Game Is Strong
Regular use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher is a great way to keep your skin healthy and prevent age spots and discoloration.
Use a moisturizing sunscreen cream, and avoid alcohol-containing sprays and gels that can dry out your skin. When possible, look for sunscreens that contain antioxidants to protect the collagen in your skin.
- Use a Rich Face Cream
Because oil glands can become less active as you age, the AAD recommends moisturizing properly to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
A rich moisturizer will help trap water against the skin, pumping up those deep crevices. As an added bonus, smooth the formula down to your neck and upper torso to treat those areas as well.
- Diet & Nutrition
Most of what occurs on the outside of your body is the direct result of what nutrition you put into it It’s vital to eat foods that nourish the skin over you lifetime. Avoid anything that can dehydrate, like alcohol. Foods that are high in sugar and white carbohydrates can actually age you faster secondary to increased oxidative stress. Better options would be to lean into protein in your diet, including foods like fish, lean meats, beans, and legumes to help build strong collagen.
- Supplements May Help
Are supplements the key to the fountain of youth? Perhaps. Omega-3's found in certain seafood, like salmon, can help keep skin supple and may even delay its maturing process by preventing wrinkles.
If you don’t eat fish or fish products, it may make sense to try fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements.
Always check with your healthcare provider prior to starting a supplement regimen.
- Exfoliate Weekly
Did you know… your skin is shedding constantly, and actually creates a new layer every 28 days. Regretfully, that process can slow as we age, leading to less than perfect skin tone and complexion. To help mitigate that buildup, exfoliate weekly to keep skin looking health.
AVOID products made with plastic microbeads, they’re lousy for the environment… and may end up in our water and marine life.