Inevitably, we all continue to age. We can’t stop aging but we can surely still age gracefully.
If you’re like so many other adults, you’re probably wondering if there’s anything you can do to prevent your skin from showing signs of aging.
It’s actually one of the most common questions dermatologists get asked. But there’s good news. In fact, there are lots of things you can do to help prevent aging skin.
Here are ways you can take matters into your own hands and reduce the toll time has on your skin:
1. Avoid the sun
It’s the best way to prevent wrinkles. Apply sunscreen every single day as part of your morning routine. You need it even when walking to your mailbox, or from your car into the store.
90% of the skin signs of aging are due to the sun. That says a lot. You know what to do — avoid it as much as possible and never forget your sunscreen.
2. Maximize your moisturizer
Avoid fragrances and any products that aren’t gentle on your skin. The irritation causes dryness and more damage. Instead, find moisturizers with ceramides that replenish your skin, and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that exfoliate and soften it. Moisturizers that irritate your skin will dry it and damage it.
3. Keep sugar and carbs in check
Have a sweet tooth? Partial to pasta? Sugar and refined carbs will spike your blood sugar, triggering the release of insulin. Insulin causes inflammation in your skin and all over your body. Sugar binds to the elastic and collagen fibers that make skin look plump and youthful. Damage to these fibers means less support for your skin — and more wrinkles.
High-glycemic foods cause a spike in insulin, which is like an inflammatory bomb.
4. Gasp for fresh air
Environmental pollutants — like soot and car exhaust fumes — can also damage your skin. If you’re exposed to pollutants every day, walking down your street, look for parks and green spaces to stroll. Environmental pollutants take a toll on your skin.
5. Step up your sleep routine
Over the years, not getting enough sleep can damage your skin. Again, you want to avoid the inflammatory bomb caused by insulin. Do your best to get six to eight hours of sleep per night. Try getting up early every day and going to bed at the same time every night. Not getting enough sleep increases cortisol and that causes more insulin release.
6. Smash the ash
Smoking causes havoc beyond your heart and lungs, damaging your skin, too. Smoking makes the little blood vessels in the skin constrict. Over time, the collagen and elastin fibers are damaged, and your skin gets more wrinkled. It’s not just the cigarette smoke. Pursing your lips to inhale also creates fine lines around your mouth.
7. Feast on good fats
Eating a good diet with lots of healthy fats from olive oil, avocado and nuts will nourish your skin. Your skin loves antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, and lean proteins, too. And be sure to hydrate your skin with lots of water.
The more of these healthy habits you wrap into your lifestyle, the more your skin will reflect them.
The Mediterranean diet is good not just for your heart, lungs, and brain. It’s wonderful for your skin, too.
Follow these steps to keep your skin looking young and at its best. Better yet, consult our skin experts to know what’s best for you.
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