The reality is nobody likes getting older. As we age our skin loses its flexibility and becomes stiffer, which translates into wrinkles.
Obviously, there are a multitude of variables that determine the extent to which our skin wrinkles – foremost among those variables being our genes. there’s not much we can do about our genes. Some of us simply age more gracefully.
Regardless of how we age, we all prefer to look younger, which generally makes us feel better about ourselves, as well.
I, for example, have been fortunate enough to look younger than I am. Which I hope was because of my appearance and not my behavior. As a younger person, this often hindered me. Now that I am older my youthful appearance is working in my favor, as I don’t look my age at all.
Clearly, some individuals age more gracefully than others. For everyone else, there is quality anti-aging skin care.
A topical cream can be used to target specific areas of concern. Individuals with a history of smoking tend to have more wrinkles around their mouth and eyes, while a person who has experienced significant sun exposure may wrinkle prematurely.
In both cases a skin care cream may be applied to the specific areas to help smooth out those wrinkles and improve the health of the affected skin.
Using skin care products is a great way to improve the health, look and feel of skin. But there are other things that you can do, and should be doing to improve your skin’s health.
Smoking has a detrimental effect on skin. If you don’t smoke, please don’t start, and if you are already a smoker, the sooner you can quit the better.
Drinking plenty of water is also tremendously beneficial. Remember, the human body is made up of between 50-75% water on average. Skin is the body’s largest organ. There is roughly 3,000 square inches of skin, weighing about 6 pounds covering a 120 pound individual! Water is essential to maintaining the organ! Drinking water not only keeps skin healthy, it helps skin to retain its elasticity which is critical to reducing wrinkles.
Try to avoid extensive exposure to the sun. If you must be out in the sun for an extended period plan to wear a hat, loose-fitting clothing that is designated as blocking ultraviolet sun rays, and wear sunscreen. The sun’s rays have always had the potential to damage skin, but with the elimination of the ozone layer, the sun’s rays are even more intense and dangerous today. Children, especially, are vulnerable to sun damage to their skin.
Minimizing exposure to the sun will not only improve the health of your skin, but reduce your risk for skin cancer. A nice bonus!
Obviously, you need vitamin D, so normal exposure to sun light is acceptable. But, you should really try to keep exposure to short doses. And, you could always take vitamin D as a supplement, if you felt you were not getting enough sun exposure – especially during the winter months.
Personally, I try to adhere to a protocol of reduced sun exposure. But, I recognize that my daily activities will likely expose me to the sun. I try to mitigate that by following the suggestions mentioned above. For example, if I know I’m going to be doing a bit of driving, I apply sunscreen to my arms, face and neck.
When reviewing anti-aging skin care products, do your due diligence. Simply buying the most expensive, highly marketed product is not always the best course of action. If fact, some of the more expensive products manufactured by well know companies, are some of the worst products available for your skin.
From a logical standpoint, you should ask yourself: If the manufacturer is spending so much on marketing, how much are they spending on research and development? Also, how much are the paying the celebrity to endorse the product, and how does that endorsement affect the price?
When considering skin care products of any kind, look carefully at the ingredient. If you see ingredients such as parabens, allergens and fragrance – keep looking! remember skin absorbs 60% of what touches it.