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The Ultimate Guide To Fighting The Signs Of Skin Aging

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This article is originally posted at provenskincare.com

 

The dreaded skin aging. It happens to all of us…

We age. So does our skin. Yes, skin ages. Causes run the gamut from dehydration, gravity, stress, sun damage, diet, smoking, excessive alcohol, genetics and the list goes on. The sooner we start caring for our skin with a daily (and nightly!) beauty routine, staying out of the sun, monitoring our diet and making our skin a priority, the longer we keep it healthier and younger-looking and slow the aging process.

 

Sun. One of the Leading Causes of Skin Aging.

This is the single most important lifestyle change you can make to prevent or diminish the signs of skin aging. Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature aging. We all need to get in the routine of wearing sunscreen everyday to protect our skin. Just a quick walk on the beach (even if it’s cloudy) exposes skin to environmental effects – sun, wind, dehydration. Repeated exposure and sunburn can result in dark and age spots or discoloration. It’s also enough to damage the DNA in your skin, predisposing you to skin cancer and premature skin aging.

Use sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays (labeled with Broad-Spectrum). The vast majority of the sun’s radiation that reaches the earth is actually UVA. Use sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium dioxide and silicones (listed as dimethicone, orcyclomethicone, or cyclomethicone). These ingredients are less likely to irritate your skin and provide the best overall coverage and protection.

For more protection or if you aren’t able to reapply sunscreen repeatedly throughout the day, try UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothing lines such as Coolibar, Mott50, Naviskin, etc. These brands create light weight shirts, pants, shorts, swimsuits, wraps, dresses, and skirts to protect your skin from the summer sun.

Wear a wide brimmed hat whenever you are outside (even for a quick walk). Always wear your sunscreen as well because light reflects off the ground and can cause damage, even with a hat on.

UVA rays come right through most house and car windows, so consider installing UV blocking film on your car and home windows. Consider purchasing blue light blocking films for your electronics as more and more studies are showing detrimental effects of blue light on skin.

Avoid exposure and activities outside during the sun’s peak hours: 10am to 5pm in the summertime and 11am to 2pm in the wintertime and definitely stop any and all tanning bed use. Tanned skin may look good, but it is a sure sign of damage (often permanent) to your skin.

 

Consult a Dermatologist.

Consider seeing a board-certified dermatologist who can discuss available options to prevent and treat signs of skin aging including:

 

Practice self-care. Take care of your mind and body.

When you take care of your physical and mental self, you are taking care of your skin.

Make your skin a priority with a personalized skincare regimen.

We each have a different genetic makeup, a different lifestyle, diet, sensitivities and living environment. There is no one size fits all approach. Identify your skin issues and educate yourself through research or speaking with a board-certified dermatologist as to what personalized regimen would be best for your individual skin type and aging concerns. An anti-aging skincare regimen should consist of:

A gentle daily cleanser to wash away dirt and oil, allowing pores to breathe, lessening redness and irritation. And, with our newest fashion accessory, facial masks, more sweat and dirt will get caught in pores. This can actually affect skin health.

Moisturizers. Skin is losing moisture from interior, dry air, facial masks or change in diets. Apply moisturizer after cleansing. As skin ages, it tends to lose moisture, so a cream, rather than a lotion, may be more effective. Hydrating skin is key. Definitely use a day moisturizer with a Broad-Spectrum SPF and a bedtime moisturizer specifically formulated for nighttime use.

Depending on other wants and needs, and perhaps recommendations from your dermatologists, you may want to add a serum or an eye cream to your routine.

Products like PROVEN, that are formulated based on a person’s individual needs including living environment, lifestyle, diet, stress levels, frequency of travel, as well as stage of life, will be most effective as an anti-aging skincare regimen. Go to provenskincare.com to take the complimentary skin quiz to discover your personalized skincare formulations.

For more information on Proven Skincare, please go to www.provenskincare.com and follow us on Instagram @provenskincare.

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