Wellness & Education

Anti-Aging Skin Care

An anti-aging skin care isn’t just about applying products to your skin. It’s also about taking care of the “inside-out” health of your skin. Getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet matter as much to your skin as to the rest of your body. Smoking as bad for your skin as well as your lungs. It causes your skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely, making your look much older than you are.

If you’ve already made the “inside-out” health of your skin a priority, the next step is to take care of the surface of your skin. The single most important thing you can do for the your skin is to protect it from over-exposure to the sun. This helps prevent drying, wrinkles and, more importantly, skin cancer. How to prevent skin cancer (aad.org)

There are several ways to avoid over-exposure to the sun. You can stay indoors, which is pretty limiting, or you can cover up when you go outside. Covering up can be done with clothing or sunscreen. Sunscreen should be water-resistant, broad spectrum and at least 30 spf. It can be purchased as a stand-alone product or as an ingredient in your moisturizer or foundation.

Skin care products should fit both your skin type and your budget. When starting a new routine, introduce only one product to your skin at a time. Use each new product for several weeks before adding a new one, so you can check for allergies and make sure you can see improvement.

In addition to sunscreen, you should use a moisturizer to plump up your skin and minimize fine lines. After that, pick your most important problem. There are literally thousands of skin care products on the market, with hundreds for every conceivable condition. No one product fixes everything. Be realistic and remember, spending more money does not necessarily mean you will get better results.