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How to Care for Aging Skin?

Our faces and other superficial parts of our body succumb to lifelong sun exposure and collagen breakdown. The good news is that just as there are treatments to rejuvenate aging skin on the face, there are treatments that can make the neck, décolleté, hands and legs more youthful. Here are some tips to make the skin look younger and take care of aging skin:

  1. Limit your sun exposure, and wear a long-sleeved shirt and wide-brimmed hat when you know you'll be in the sun.
  2. Pay attention to the ingredients in your skin care products and avoid any irritating ingredients. Individual reactions to ingredients vary dramatically, but potential irritants include Menthol, lemongrass, lime, lavender paba, fragrances & botanicals, oils, extracts.
  3. Moisturize dry skin in cold weather and in dry heat. Dry skin does not cause additional wrinkles, but wrinkles look worse when compounded by dry skin.
  4. Talk to a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon about wrinkles and age spots if you want to investigate other options for looking younger.
  5. Fresh vitamins and nutrients penetrate deep into skin where they stimulate cell division and blood circulation. This has two major effects: repair the top layer of skin and boost the production of collagen, a protein that makes skin elastic and provides structure.
  6. Exposure to cold weather: Cold winds and low temperatures contribute to aging skin by making skin dry, so if you venture out in the cold make sure to use a good moisturizer. It’s important to use moisturizer indoors too, as heated rooms can be very drying to skin. Consider using a humidifier to help keep your skin more comfortable and reduce the aging skin effects of heated rooms.
  7. Alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin's surface. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken vessels on the skin’s surface.
  8. Maybe you’ve heard this expression: “Don’t frown, your face could stay that way.” Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time the muscles in the face actually conform to that movement.
  9. To help reduce aging skin due to stress, be aware of your stress level and try to vary your facial expressions during the day. A good anti-aging skin care program should include meditation, yoga, gentle exercise or other relaxation techniques. Keeping stress in check and frown lines and aging skin wrinkles to a minimum will help you look and feel younger.
  10. Chemical peels and bleaching agents applied directly to the skin help with the pigmentation problems, including white and brown spots. Laser and light treatments, including pulsed light lasers, reduce redness.

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