Anti Aging Treatment & Skin Care – Part II

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In previous post we talked about environmental and lifestyle factors to be aware of that can cause premature aging. Here are few more, and the anti-aging strategy you can take:

  1. Sun exposure: Sun exposure is very aging to skin. Unprotected skin that is exposed to the sun becomes more mottled in appearance. Freckles can turn into brown sun spots, the skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance, and wrinkles and sagging increase. The risk of skin cancer is significantly increased by sun exposure.

    Anti-Aging Regimen: Use a daily moisturizer or mineral based (active ingredients: zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sunblock with an SPF of 15 (minimum) all year long (even on cloudy days). It should block both UVA and UVB rays (UVB causes sunburn and skin cancer and UVA causes premature aging). Apply sunblock generously and reapply after swimming, perspiring and at least every 2 hours (even water-resistant sunscreens need reapplication.) See your physician or dermatologist to assess sun damage you may have, and to rule out possible skin cancers. They may be able to prescribe medication to reduce existing sun damage.
  2. 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 be sure to use a good moisturizer.

    Anti-Aging Regimen: Use a good moisturizer that protects against the cold and dry heat of winter heating. Consider using a humidifier to help keep skin more comfortable.
  3. Cigarette smoke: Whether you smoke, or you spend time with a smoker, cigarette smoke is damaging — and aging — to your skin. Research has shown that exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases skin wrinkles and dryness. This is partly due to the behavior of smoking, and also because cigarette smoke depletes your body of Vitamin C, which is a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist.

    Anti-Aging Regimen: Pure and simple – don’t smoke. If you live with someone who smokes, have them smoke outside of your home, as second hand smoke can still have a negative impact on your skin.
  4. Alcohol use: 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.

    Anti-Aging Regimen: reduce your alcohol consumption to a minimum!

Always remember that there’s a lot you can do to look your best at any age. Taking good care of yourself is the most important step in your anti-aging skin care program.

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