If you haven't been protecting your skin, it can start to give away clues about your age. Wrinkles begin to appear, along with brown spots. Your skin might be producing less collagen, and dead skin cells don't flake off imperceptibly anymore.
If this sounds like your skin, it's time to turn to treatments to reduce, or the signs of aging and regain younger-looking skin.
1. Suds up at night
The most important time to wash your face is before you hit the sack. Dirt, bacteria, and makeup left on overnight can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts.
Remove this top layer of grime with a gentle face wash, which also allows anti-aging skin care to penetrate deeper for better results.
Because oil production dips with hormonal changes in your 30-40s, cleansing twice daily can dry out your complexion and make wrinkles look more pronounced.
2. Protect your skin
Prevent the damage. The best thing to do to protect your skin is prevention. The sun is enemy number one, so you need to wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor whenever you're outside.
You also should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Protect your face and neck with wide-brimmed hats, your eyes with sunglasses.
3. Manage stress
Emotional upheavals can make your skin look 5-10 years older than your chronological age. Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. It also triggers a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne flare-ups.
4. Apply a vitamin A cream
Prescription-strength, vitamin A–based topical gels or creams known as retinoids can reduce wrinkles and produce younger-looking skin. It helps to build collagen, which can prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles, and to lighten dark spots.
We also use it to treat acne, and it can help prevent precancerous growths.
5. Exercise regularly
Women who work out regularly have firmer skin than similar non-exercisers. The reason: Exercise infuses skin with nutrients needed for collagen production. To keep your skin toned, make time for at least three 20-minute heart-pumping workouts per week.
Sources: Everydayhealth, Prevention.
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