Friday, May 16, 2014

Dermatologist Recommended Ways to Save Your Complexion From Aging!

Regardless of expensive skin care products or living a healthy lifestyle, time does eventually catch up with us.  Instead of starting to save for plastic surgery or botox injections to introduce a toxic substance into your body, there are some simple things that you can do now to stay younger longer.

The earlier you start using a sunscreen every time you hit the outdoors, the less cumulative damage you’ll have from the sun.  Don’t be lazy and skip the sunscreen because you are just stepping out briefly. This bit of neglect does accumulate so be cautious and keep the sunscreen in plain view along with your beauty products that you use daily.

Keep in mind that all sunscreens are not created equally. Look for ones that have antioxidants among the ingredients like vitamins C, E, green tea, acai, blueberries, pomegranate, and coffeeberry to boost its effectiveness.

Another suggestion is layering your antioxidant serum under your favorite sunscreen as well. This practice betters your odds of turning a good sunscreen into a super one.

Sunglasses are not just for fashion, but important from keeping wrinkles away because without them, you can squint. Consider a pair with a dark tint with 99 percent UVA and UVB protection.
 
Exfoliating your complexion once or twice weekly sloughs off dead cells and paves the way for new skin to replace it. However, excessive use of chemical exfoliants like your favorite fruit acid peels can backfire.  You can seriously burn or even scar your skin before you know it just with your cotton ball.  Also, overdoing with those at home chemical peels can increase your skin’s sensitivity to UV rays according to the FDA.

Your skin is a living organism that needs healthy foods to keep it thriving. Too much sugar, salt, alcohol, and cigarettes in your daily diet deprive your complexion of the essential nutrients it needs to preserve that youthful look and speeds up cellular aging and wrinkles.

Try eating more Omega-3 fatty acids such as almonds, walnuts, and salmon because these fight inflammation that lead to wrinkling.  To stimulate your body to produce more collagen, you need to add more servings of citrus fruits and dark, and leafy green vegetables like spinach into your daily diet.  Foods such as tomatoes and pink grapefruits can help protect your skin from sun damage due to their lycopene content. 

Chronic stress, crying, or bouts of anger can ruin a pretty face starting from within your body to the new creases you create in the process.  Frown and knit your brows or glare in front of a mirror.  Those lines you see, if done repeatedly, will deepen to age.  Instead, learn to relax in whatever way works for you.  

Practice taking in several deep breathes and slowing releasing.  Now close your eyes and try tuning out thoughts and sounds.  Think of your happiest memory next.  Where were you? Who were you with?  What were you doing?  Can you see yourself?  What are you wearing? What you want to do is relive that joyous experience in your mind’s eye so those happier emotions can replace the stress.  This exercise may seem silly, but it does wonders to change your mood.

How you sleep is also important in how well you will age. Sleeping on your back is the best defense to preserve a youthful face.  However, if you are a side sleeper, then try sleeping on a satin pillow so your face glides against the fabric instead of tugging.

Do try these skin-saving tips and start to fight aging before it creeps up on you!

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