As we age, our skin's cells do not have as rapid a turnover as they did when we were younger. With this slower cell replacement, our skin may start to have dullness to it and the texture may appear different. The collagen and elastin fibers that provide the supporting structure for the skin start to weaken and unravel so that the skin's elasticity diminishes. All of these changes are compounded by gravity, which may result in fine lines, wrinkles, droopy eyelids and jowls.
Although the sun causes most skin damage attributed to premature aging, even people who avoid the sun will notice changes occurring. The good news is... with good skincare and the availability of high quality skincare products, you can keep your skin vitalized.
Here are some important tips to remember. To look good on the outside, you have to take care of yourself on the inside. Remember the following:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take care of your face and neck...but, don't forget the rest of your body! Use moisturizing body wash and lotions to help keep your skin glowing.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Protect with sunscreen before going out in the sun to help protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays - the number one cause of premature aging. Use products that have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
- Avoid tanning beds. Get with the times... If you can't resist that "just off the beach" glow, try a sunless tanning product. Today, you have many options, whether you're looking for just a blush of color or a bronzed look overall.
- Check your skin often for sighs of skin cancer. If you see changes, call your doctor right away. (For danger signs, see www.speakingofwomenshealth.com)
- Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
- Stop smoking. It is known that smoking is damaging to delicate skin, especially around the mouth and eyes.
- Choose products that are specially-formulated to work best for your skin type. Today's skincare products and cosmetics can be found for normal, dry, oily or sensitive skin; but, that's not all! Choose from anti-aging products that minimize p9ores and hypoallergenic for sensitive skin.