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Basic Skin Care Principles

You will find a dizzying array of anti-aging skin care products on the market formulated into all manner of creams, lotions, masks, gels, serums and scrubs. Many of these have long lists of complex sounding chemicals. However, the best skin care regimen is not that complicated. The 4 most important and basic things you can do for your skin are to: 1) Exfoliate; 2) Moisturize; 3) Repair; and 4) Protect.

You know that your skin is constantly renewing itself. This is because the outermost layer of our skin is composed of dead cells that function as a protective shield. However, because this layer is non-living tissue, it needs to be replaced from underneath in a continuous cell renewal process.  If this process happens too slowly, typically as we get older, the dead skin cells begin to look dull and drab. However, with exfoliation, you can speed up this process and the result is an outer skin surface that is newer, fresher, and younger looking. This regeneration process also helps to shed age spots and other blemishes we don’t like.

All living things thrive in a moist environment; this is because cells need moisture to perform their functions. A good hyaluronic acid moisturizer will absorb water from the air and keep your skin properly quenched throughout the day. Another benefit of a good moisturizer is that it will plump up your skin to fill in small lines in our face.

Whether we like it or not, most of us have to admit that by the time we reach our 4th decade, our skin has been exposed to years of harsh conditions, including strong cleansers, sunlight, environmental chemicals, and maybe some skin care products that really weren’t so good for us. This is where some superb wrinkle creams can help us recapture several years of lost youth. The two mainstay ingredients in the best wrinkle creams: peptides and retinol. Both retinol and peptides have the ability to help restore collagen and elastin.

Finally, while we do what we can to reverse the signs of aging in our skin, why expose your skin to continued aging factors? Sun exposure causes about 80% of skin aging, And this does not mean a day at the beach. A lifetime of accumulated sun exposure from every day activities gradually depletes the collagen and elastin in our skin and significantly accelerates the aging process. Look for a top quality, broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen for your face – and use it every day.

Parabens in Skin Care

One word about health and safety – be sure you only use paraben free skin care products. Parabens are inexpensive preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer in women, and have also been found to speed up skin aging when exposed to sunlight. Look on the label for ingredient lists that do not contain these toxic chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products.

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Skin Aging?

Sunlight and Aging

Everyone wants skin that has a youthful glow. However, most people don’t understand what actually causes skin to age. Although there are multiple factors that can impact the way your skin looks, there is one factor that stands out from the rest.

Sunlight has the biggest impact on skin aging and wrinkles. It can cause up to 80% of skin aging! Because sunlight has such a huge effect on the appearance of your skin, it’s the factor you should focus on if you want to keep your skin as attractive and healthy as possible.

Even though there’s just one factor that causes the majority of skin aging, there are two main reasons why so many people still end up with skin that looks worn out. The first is most people are exposed to sun on a daily basis. As a result, proper skin care isn’t something that should be done on a monthly or even weekly basis. Instead, preventive measures need to be taken each day. The other reason that sunlight and skin aging is such an issue is because many people willfully expose themselves to far more sunlight than they need.

A common misconception is that tanned skin is more healthy than pale skin. In reality, tanning is the result of skin being damaged. The reason skin darkens when it’s exposed to sunlight or other forms of UV rays is because it’s trying to stop the rays from causing additional damage to the epidermis.

If you want to keep your skin truly healthy, there are two main steps you need to take:

Limit Sun Exposure

Because sunlight is the root cause of skin aging, you want to limit your exposure as much as possible. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire summer indoors. Instead, you can have the best of both worlds by using a broad spectrum sunblock. By applying this type of product whenever you’re getting ready to go outside, you can protect your skin against the sun rays that cause it to age. An added benefit is the ingredients in this type of sunblock will work as a moisturizer for smoother skin.

Avoid Outdoor and Indoor Tanning

Although shows like Jersey Shore have reignited the popularity of tanning, that doesn’t mean that outdoor or indoor tanning has suddenly become a safer option. Fortunately, the fact that you should avoid both forms of tanning if you want to preserve your skin also doesn’t mean that you can’t add a desirable bronze glow to your appearance.

By using self tanning lotion, you can add color to your face and body without aging your skin. To ensure that you safely get the best results from this type of product, be sure to choose one that is paraben-free.

While many people assume that they just have to accept skin damage and eventually use an invasive option like surgery to rejuvenate their skin, the good news is that a few small steps can go a long way in keeping your skin free of wrinkles and other signs of aging. For existing wrinkles and lines, we recommend a good peptide cream.