In the supreme folly of youth, most of us didn’t give a hoot about taking care of our skin. Insomuch as we wanted to fight acne and look presentable to potential partners, our teenage selves may have been willing to tackle a bar of soap twice a day. But as for moisturizers, night creams, and sunblock – forget it. And even as we got older, most of us never took the time to visit a dermatologist, develop a proper skincare routine, or learn how to attend to the changing needs of our dermis. It’s really not until we start to notice lasting sun damage, discoloration, adult acne, fine lines, and wrinkles that we suddenly realize we need to make a change to our routine, and perhaps even get some professional help to stop the signs of aging and even reverse them if possible. Of course, awareness of this problem is on the rise these days, so whether you happen to be young enough that you haven’t yet noticed the signs of aging or you’re currently trying to find ways to combat crow’s feet, smile lines, and age spots, here are a few anti-aging skincare tips that could help.
- Stay out of the sun! It’s really surprising that so few people understand the damage that can be caused by even a few minutes out in the sun each day with no protection. While you can’t necessarily avoid sun exposure 100% of the time (nor would you want to), you can give up on laying by the pool or in the tanning bed in favor of spray tans or tinted lotions, thus getting the golden glow you want without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. And if you go out, make sure to cover up and use sunblock. Too much work? Simply opt for a daily moisturizer or cosmetics that come with a built in SPF so that you don’t have to add an extra step to your current routine. BB and CC creams are the latest such option to hit the market and they also provide a slew of other anti-aging benefits.
- Quit smoking. When you fill your body with toxins it’s only a matter of time before they affect you from the inside out. And smoking is one of the worst vices you can have, not only because it has the potential to impact your cardiac and respiratory function (and give you cancer), but also because it will age your skin prematurely. Quitting is a good decision for your health all around, and it can definitely help on the anti-aging front, as well.
- Hydrate. When your skin is properly hydrated it will be more supple, elastic, and plump, helping to disguise common signs of aging, such as fine lines (the “crepe” look). And you can hydrate in a number of ways. First and foremost, you should drink plenty of water, which will help to hydrate every cell in your body and keep all of your systems functioning properly. But you can also get any number of products designed to penetrate the upper layers of your dermis, delivering the moisture your skin craves and sealing in the hydrating properties.
- Retin-A. Clinical studies have shown that Retin-A is one of the few products proven effective at boosting collagen production, which helps your skin to look young and firm, reducing the appearance of sagging and wrinkles. Over-the-counter products containing retinoids/retinol provide you with a weaker version of prescriptions containing Retin-A, but they obviously aren’t going to be quite as effective. As a bonus, these products also treat acne.
- Professional help. You may go to a website to find information on facial hair removal options, but when it comes to treating your skin, you might want to seek professional help. Dermatologists can not only set you up with the products you need for your daily skincare routine, but many can also offer services like peels, dermabrasions, and laser treatments, as well as injections like Botox or fillers that help to minimize the signs of aging.