National Healthy Skin Month
National Healthy Skin
WORRIED ABOUT AGING? LOCAL DERMATOLOGIST SHARES TIPS FOR CREATING AN ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE PLAN
Every anti-aging skin care plan begins with healthy skin care habits. Although it is impossible to change the natural course of aging, it is possible to prevent premature skin aging through environment and lifestyle changes
“As we get older, our face starts to lose some of its youthful fullness, and we notice that our skin becomes thinner and drier,” said Dr. Michael Tabibian. “This is natural, and something we can expect to happen as we age. However, premature skin aging occurs when we don’t take proper care of our skin, such as by smoking or not protecting our skin from the sun.”
To prevent premature wrinkles and age spots, Dr. Tabibian recommends the following tips:
1. Protect your skin from the sun. Research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun age our skin more quickly – making sun protection a critical part of an anti-aging skin care plan. To protect your skin, seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing whenever possible, and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever you are going to be outside.
2. Stay out of tanning beds. Indoor tanning equipment, which includes all artificial light sources – including beds, lamps, bulbs, booths, etc. – emits harmful UV radiation. Exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning damages the DNA in our skin cells, which leads to accelerated skin aging. Protect your skin by staying out of tanning beds. If you still want to look tan, consider applying a self-tanner instead.
3. Apply moisturizer every day. As we age, skin becomes drier, and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Moisturizer traps water in our skin, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. For best results, apply moisturizer to damp skin as soon as you get out of the shower, and use a facial moisturizer, body moisturizer and lip balm. Look for products with built-in SPF for dual benefits.
4. Cleanse your skin. Always cleanse your skin before applying skin care products and before going to bed. This removes dirt, oil and dead skin and helps prevent clogged pores and breakouts. For best results, use a moisturizing cleanser and warm (not hot) water. If you have dry or sensitive skin, avoid alcohol-based cleansers, as these can further dry and irritate your skin.
5. Stop smoking. Tobacco smoke contains toxins that can lead to “smoker’s face” – a term used by doctors to describe the facial characteristics of smokers. Signs of smoker’s face include a dull and dry complexion, loss of skin firmness, premature lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth, and leathery-looking skin.
6. Eat healthy foods. Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Research also suggests that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
7. Get enough sleep. It’s called beauty rest for a reason. Sleep gives your body time to refresh and renew itself. Always get a good night’s sleep, which may improve your skin’s overall health and appearance.
“If signs of aging bother you, a dermatologist can help,” said Dr. Tabibian. “New treatments and less-invasive procedures for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin and improving one’s complexion are giving many people younger-looking skin.”
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