Aging skin can sag or
thin out and you will likely develop more wrinkles or fine lines. So how can
you care for your skin and help it age gracefully? Here are four tips to help
your skin stay healthy at any age:
your skin from the sun.
is the same advice Dermatologists recommend at any age. You can minimize
negative impacts on your skin by reducing your sun exposure. Everyone should
wear sunscreen daily, regardless of whether you’re working in an office or driving
in a car. It’s
best to also avoid the sun during mid-day if possible and spend as much time in
the shade when outdoors as possible. There are also many options now for
clothing and hats with UPF protection.
smoke. Or if you do, stop.
negatively impacts many areas of your body, including your skin. J. Taylor Hays, M.D. with the Mayo
“Smoking can speed up
the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles…. Aside from
age, smoking is the strongest predictor of facial wrinkling in men and women.”
Increased wrinkles can occur from the narrowing
of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin caused by nicotine. Nicotine
reduces blood flow to your skin and with less blood flow, less oxygen and
important nutrients make it to your skin.
The chemicals in tobacco smoke also damage
collagen and elastin in your skin, causing it to sag and wrinkle prematurely.
The Truth Initiative has tips
to quit smoking on its website.
the right skin care products to help minimize the effects of aging.
best to make an appointment with a
Board-Certified Dermatologist to get your skin checked annually and discuss the best
treatments and products for any skin concerns or issues. Your Dermatologist
will recommend skin care products to help you based on your individual skin
care needs and goals, including products that can help minimize the impact of
The American Association of Dermatology
notes, “Using several anti-aging
products at the same time can irritate your skin. When you irritate your skin,
signs of aging become more noticeable.” You’ll also want to give some time to
allow it to work and results to show. You may see a difference after using a moisturizer
for just a few days, but many products take at least six weeks to work.
Lack of sleep also negatively impacts your body in many ways. If you
aren’t getting a solid seven to nine hours of sleep regularly, then you may
find your skin lacks moisture and starts to show signs of aging more
There are many other positive steps you can take for your skin (and your
entire body’s well-being) including eating healthy, exercising regularly, and
washing your face twice a day. Speak with a Vitalogy Skincare Provider to learn
more ways you can help reduce the effect of aging on your skin and look into
treatments to help minimize the appearance of aging.