Make Use of Topical Retinoids: Topical retinoids are potent anti-agers. They improve skin texture and the appearance of fine lines. Look for ingredients like retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetate as they are gentler on your skin.
Pick Skin Care Products Wisely: Choose skin care products based on your skin type and your skin goals. Don’t fall prey to fancy packaging. Remember that what works for your friend’s skin may not be right for your skin.
Seek Out Vitamins C & E: These vitamins are powerful antioxidants that stimulate collagen synthesis, protecting against wrinkles. Including these essential vitamins in your skin care regimen is just that – essential!
Never Use Tanning Beds: Just one indoor tanning session increases users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent. One indoor UV tanning session increases users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent.
Wear Sunscreen: One of the most important ways to care for your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems — and increase the risk of skin cancer. Look for sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium oxide, which physically block harmful UV rays and are better for sensitive skin than sunscreens, which chemically block. And remember: glass windows do not completely filter UV rays, so wear sunscreen even if you’re inside your home or your car.
Check Your Skin: If you notice moles that seem suspicious for skin cancer, such as moles that are enlarging, itching, bleeding, or darkening, bring them to the attention of a physician who treats skin cancers.
Wear Sunglasses: When you squint a lot, you help create crow’s feet, so wear sunglasses with UV protection.
Exfoliate Regularly: Exfoliating reveals the fresh, new cells underneath, resulting in a brighter complexion.
Drink Plenty of Water: Water is essential to maintain optimal skin moisture and delivers essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity, delaying the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Quit Smoking: Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. It narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
Avoid Secondhand Smoke: You may not smoke, but even being around smoke is detrimental to your skin. Smoke results in sagging skin and speeds up wrinkles.
Keep Hand Cream Nearby at All Times: The hands are often the first indicator of aging. Invest in a good hand cream that moisturizes and protects the skin barrier. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your hands as well to protect against wrinkles and brown spots.