Skin Aging Prevention
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Skin aging prevention is important but often overlooked. If practiced properly, it can reduce the amount of anti-aging treatments or products needed. However, not all skin aging can be prevented. For example, intrinsic skin aging or in other words aging caused by hereditary factors cannot be stopped. This does not mean that prevention is not necessary. Without prevention certain factors can exaggerate the effects of intrinsic aging.
On the other hand, extrinsic aging or skin aging that is caused by external factors such as the environment can be slowed significantly. The same is true for skin aging caused by mechanical factors.
Let’s take a closer look at some skin aging prevention tips that will help maintain your skin in a healthy and young looking state.
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You cannot prevent all fine lines and wrinkles that occur as you age. To help you eliminate wrinkles around the mouth, around the lips, and even neck wrinkles, visit skin wrinkle treatment for more detailed information.
Skin Aging Prevention - Sun Exposure
Dealing properly with sun exposure helps prevent many skin aging problems ranging from wrinkles to skin cancer.
- for maximum skin aging prevention, avoid sun exposure on the skin during the hours that the sun is intense: 10:00 to 15:00 hours (Caution! Cloudy skies are not proper protection from harmful rays.)
- wear a hat, protective clothing and sun ray blocking glasses to guard against exposure, especially during peak hours
- use appropriate sunscreen offering UVA and UVB protection (broad spectrum protection); Sun Protection Factor (SPF) should be greater than 15 and applied at least 20 minutes before the skin is exposed to the sun; sunscreen should be reapplied after swimming or heavy sweating
- use antioxidant topical products (usually include ingredients such as vitamins A, C, E, selenium, coenzyme Q10, and alpha-lipoic acid) to protect the skin from sun damage and premature aging; antioxidants neutralize free radicals which will cause damage to skin cells
- avoid using tanning studios/salons/spas
- avoid sunburns
- fair-skinned individuals need to be more vigilant with sun exposure and protection
Diet and Health
- adequate fluid intake (6 to 8 glasses of water per day) is essential for hydrating skin, flushing out toxins from the body, and for anti-aging prevention
- a diet with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, use of healthy oils such as olive oil or flax seed oil, and reduction of animal fats (saturated fats) helps protect the skin against oxidative stress
- exercising regularly helps promote capillary functioning, brings oxygen to the skin which is important for healthy skin, and flushes out body toxins
- avoid stress
- avoid large weight fluctuations
- get adequate sleep
Dry Skin and Itching
- clean the skin, exfoliate the skin surface gently to remove dead skin cells and moisturize the skin regularly especially in cold and dry climates to prevent dry skin
- avoid the use of fabric preservatives, wool fabrics, harsh detergents, bleaches, and harsh soaps in order to prevent allergic type itching
- follow other prevention tips for dry skin for skin aging prevention
- do not stand for long periods at a time
- keep feet elevated when sitting or lying down
- wear supporting hose
- avoid performing repetitive facial exercises to prevent wrinkle formation
- do not squint or perform other repetitive facial movements for anti-wrinkle prevention
- avoid sleeping on the same side of the face every night (rotate your sleep position, if possible) to prevent the appearance of permanent sleep lines
- quitting smoking is an effective skin aging prevention tecnnique
- not smoking prevents the formation of skin wrinkles, yellowing of the skin, certain types of skin cancer, and the breakdown of collagen in the skin
Trauma to the Skin
- to prevent broken capillaries which are more fragile as we age, avoid trauma to the skin including vigorous rubbing of skin
- check skin regularly for a new growth or a sore that does not heal
- check for changes in moles, birthmarks, and spots
- avoid overusing makeup for skin aging prevention and avoid using long-lasting makeup because it can contain harsher chemicals and requires more aggressive removal techniques and products that will damage the skin