Summer Tips to Stop the Clock on Aging Skin

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Whether you’ve been battling wrinkles for years, just starting to notice a few crow’s feet, or trying to make a pre-emptive strike against aging, there are simple steps you can take to keep your skin healthier and younger looking.

    Protect Your Skin from the Sun

    The sun is the #1 cause of wrinkles. Ultraviolet (UV) light causes skin to age by breaking down the collagen and elastin that provide support and elasticity.

    So, try to limit your time in the sun as much as possible. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen—and apply it generously—every day. Even on cloudy days, 80% of the sun’s harmful rays can reach your skin. Be sure to choose a sunscreen that contains zinc (10-14%). It’s the most important ingredient in any sunscreen.

    Moisturize

    Don’t overlook the obvious. A simple moisturizer makes lines and creases far less noticeable. Try one with sunscreen.

    Include More Fruits and Veggies in Your Diet

    The vitamins (particularly vitamin C), minerals and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables help skin look more radiant, and protect against some effects of photoaging, or premature skin aging from repeated exposure to UV radiation. Take advantage of summer's plentiful array of fresh produce!

    Get Enough Sleep

    Recent studies are finding an even greater connection between a good night’s sleep and the appearance of your skin. Sleep allows your body to repair damage from the day. Aim for 7-9 hours every night.

    And while you’re catching your z’s, try doing so on your back to avoid sleep lines. Over the years, sleeping with your face in the pillow can wrinkle your skin. You may also want to consider a pillow designed to prevent wrinkling.

    Don’t Squint

    Wear proper eyewear both in and out of the sun.

    De-Stress

    As more and more research shows, stress has a huge impact on all areas of your health, including skin health. Help avoid wrinkles by making stress relief part of your daily routine. Swimming, jogging, backyard games, yoga, walking your dog, meditation…whatever works for you. Summer is the perfect time to reboot your exercise routine.

    Don’t Smoke

    In addition to all of its other harmful health effects, smoking has been shown to break down the skin’s collagen. That’s why smokers’ skin tends to be thinner with more lines, and deep grooves around the lips. Are you trying to quit smoking. Check out these resources

     

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    Jocelyn Behr

    Jocelyn Behr is a board-certified medical aesthetician with LG Health Physicians Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery. She performs treatments ranging from laser hair removal and CoolSculpting to chemical peels and micro-needling.

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