Keys to Aging Gracefully
With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Most of these changes are largely controlled by our genes. However, we can influence the aging process by controlling our environment and lifestyle choices. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects aging has on our skin.
11 ways to reduce premature skin aging:
1. Protect your skin from the sun every day.
Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with clothing, and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing.
2. Apply self-tanner rather than get a tan.
Every time you get a tan, you prematurely age your skin. This holds true if you get a tan from the sun, a tanning bed, or other indoor tanning equipment. All emit harmful UV rays that accelerate how quickly your skin ages.
3. If you smoke, stop.
Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.
4. Avoid repetitive facial expressions.
When you make a facial expression, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce lines caused by squinting.
5. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
6. Drink less alcohol.
Alcohol is rough on the skin. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages the skin. This can make us look older.
7. Exercise most days of the week.
Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more youthful appearance.
8. Cleanse your skin gently.
Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate your skin. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating your skin.
9. Wash your face twice a day and after sweating heavily.
Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin, so you want to wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
10. Apply a facial moisturizer every day.
Moisturizer traps water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
11. Stop using skin care products that sting or burn.
When your skin burns or stings, it means your skin is irritated. Irritating your skin can make it look older.
Note: Some anti-aging products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting. When using a prescription anti-aging product, this can be okay. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.
Never too late to benefit
Even people who already have signs of premature skin aging can benefit from making lifestyle changes. By protecting your skin from the sun, you give it a chance to repair some of the damage. Smokers who stop often notice that their skin looks healthier.
If signs of aging skin bother you, you may want to see a dermatologist. New treatments and less-invasive procedures for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin, and improving one’s complexion are giving many people younger-looking skin.
The doctors at Sienna Dermatology offer full-service medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology .
Dr. Mary Moore and Dr. Angel Puryear are board-certified dermatologists with extensive training that believe each patient deserves individualized, comprehensive care and takes time to make sure that this goal is achieved.
7435 HIGHWAY 6 STE B | MISSOURI CITY, TX | 832-342-9700 | www.siennadermatology.com
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia I graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I then attended the Medical College of Georgia where I was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in my junior year. I then moved to Texas to attend Texas Tech University and completed an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Dermatology at Texas Tech University where I served as Chief Resident. After residency, I worked in private practice serving Katy, Sugar Land, and Pearland, TX. During my free time, I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with my husband and three children.