Aging can change skin’s appearance as early as your 30th birthday or by later in midlife, depending on your habits. You can’t control certain factors, like falling estrogen levels that lead to sagging skin or the genetics that give you a particular bone structure. But there are also plenty of external influences on how your skin ages — and the right anti-aging care can help blunt their damage.

“When people first see signs of aging — fine lines, brown marks, smile lines, crow’s feet — is when they become better about anti-aging care,“ says dermatologist Diane C. Madfes, assistant clinical professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. “The good news is that it’s never too late to respond to what you see.”

  1. Eat Rightyounger skin starts with the nutrients that reach it from inside the body. The skin is the body’s largest organ, after all. So diet directly affects how you visibly age. The more balanced your diet, the younger you’ll look. And if you’re not taking a multivitamin, start now. To keep skin happy, eat plenty of omega-3 and omega – 6 fatty acids. Ideally they should come from natural sources, including olive oil, ground flaxseed, and fish such as salmon. Fish-oil supplements are another source of these important fats, which help protect the moisture barrier. This is the protective top layer of skin that keeps moisture in but tends to thin as you age, causing dry skin. Eat dark green vegetables(like broccoli and spinach), almonds and walnuts. Drink lots of antioxidant green tea. Cut way back on processed foods and sugars (another reason to watch the wine intake). They promote inflammation, a biochemical process that damages the normal production of dermal cells. The refined sugar and alcohol – both cause aging inflammatory reactions in the skin. And Take a vitamin D supplement – 1,000 IUs per day.
  2. Stay Hydrated -Drink water – in all its forms – all day long. A liter a day is a good minimum start. Different body types, such as athletes, need more. Count green tea and coffee in your daily total, but go easy on the alcohol. Red wine does contain beneficial antioxidants, but it can also dilate blood vessels, contributing to the ruddy-faced skin inflammation called rosacea that tends to strike women in midlife. “The more hydrated your skin, the better your wrinkles will look,” says Montclair, New Jersey, dermatologist Jeanine Downie. “Drink lots of water, cut back on coffee and soda, and moisturize regularly.” Try La Mer Moisturizers.
  3. Wear Sunscreen – Everyday – Rain or shine. Start every day with sunscreen, liberally applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains both UVA and UVB protection every day is the single most important thing you can do to prevent sun damage and skin cancer,” says New York City dermatologist Doris Day. Dermatologists agree that UV exposure is the number-one skin-ager out there. Sun damages elastin and causes a loss of collagen, which translates to drooping, a lost jawline, and wrinkles. It also adds discoloration and roughens texture. Not least, UV rays are the main cause of skin cancers, an aging risk that goes beyond the mere cosmetic. We love La Mer Suncreens. Use a full tablespoon of sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 on your face, spreading it to your neck and ears. Know that older skin tends to be more vulnerable to the effects of the sun than younger skin.
  4. Use A Retinoid – It’s the best way to slow down the clock with a cream. “Retinoids minimize the appearance of existing age spots and fine lines and prevent new ones from forming,” says New York City dermatologist Heidi Waldorf. Try Dermadoctor Poetry in Lotion Intensive Retinol. Retinoids are vitamin-A derivative compounds that have been shown to boost collagen production and cell turnover, as well as to unclog pores and stimulate blood vessels in the area. This reduces oil and acne, smoothes skin, and gives you a brighter, healthier appearance. Depending on the formulation, users typically see results within a month or two. Ask a doctor about prescription-strength retinoids, which are generally most effective. These include tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) and tazarotene (Tazorac, Avage). Apply at night on a clean face; that’s when retinoids work best. They’re also sensitive to sun, which is why night is a good application time. (But if you use a sunscreen by day, you won’t be hypersensitive to the sun by using a retinoid.)Use a moisturizer on top of the retinoid, or use a moisturizer that contains retinoid.
  5. Quit or Don’t Smoke – In addition to causing cancer and bad breath, smoking cigarettes “destroys collagen and elastin and decreases levels of estrogen, which is necessary to keep skin firm,” says New York City dermatologist Fredric Brandt.
  6. Maintain A Consistent Weight & Exercise – Not surprisingly, yo-yo dieting isn’t great for your skin. Skin loses elasticity over time. The more your weight fluctuates, the harder it is to snap back into shape. Exercise will help to maintain a consistent weight. Also, Exercise increases blood flow to the skin and promotes a glowing, healthy-looking complexion. Working out for just 30 minutes four or five days a week can make a huge difference.”
  7. Add Peels And Exfoliants To Your Skin Care Routine – They can actually help regenerate cells. While they can’t turn the clock back forever, they may slow the rate of changes that cause deep wrinkles and a dull texture. Exfoliating( through facials or microdermabrasion creams applied at home) can make skin look brighter. This is because the turnover of cells grows slower as you age. A chemical peel is a deeper process that does the same thing while also stimulating collagen growth. Find out if you’re a candidate to resurface your surface. If the top layer of skin is looking brown, with a rough texture — hallmarks of sun damage — a relatively new procedure called fractional resurfacing can actually reverse some of the damage by increasing collagen production. Done with lasers in a doctor’s office, resurfacing can improve skin texture while minimizing wrinkles, sun spots, and acne scars. This procedure can create visible improvements in patients who have significant skin damage. We like Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula.
  8. Sleep Well –The expression “beauty rest” actually has some science behind it. “Not only does your skin require downtime to repair itself, but sagging skin and puffiness around the eyes make wrinkles look much worse,” says Great Neck, New York, dermatologist Jeanette Graf. One of the best things you can do for your skin and hair is to sleep on a silk pillow case as they help to reduce skin wrinkling and keep your hair from getting as frizzy or damaged, as well as keeping your hairstyle in tact. Our favorite – Slip Silk Pillowcase.

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