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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.

Summertime Skin Protection – Sun Screens

Officially, summertime does not begin until June 21st; however, schools are out, families are on vacation, beaches are jammed and the sun is hot and bright.  Because June 21st is the longest day of the year (with the most hours of sunlight), your body can receive just as much solar radiation during the two months preceding this date (late April to late June) as in the traditional Summer days during the two months following June 21st (late June to late August).

The lesson from all this: wear your broad spectrum sun screen whenever you will be going outdoors.  Seasons aside, you should wear a good UVA/UVB sunblock always, since the effects of sunlight are cumulative on your skin – and cause 80 percent of aging of the skin. The best sunblocks will contain micronized titanium dioxide. This ingredient reflects and blocks the sun’s rays from reaching your skin.

Keep Your Skin Healthy – Protect from Sunlight

Limit sun exposure.  Avoid direct sunlight during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the solar radiation is strongest. Cloudy days don’t offer much protection – many of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, especially ultraviolet.  Being around water can intensify sunlight through reflection and the fact that water’s ability to cool the skin can make people unaware they are getting burned.

Use a good UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher.  Look for “broad spectrum” sun screen – the best kind contain titanium dioxide.  Also, use waterproof sunblock so it stays on your skin if you perspire of get wet.

Protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat will help shield your face, ears, and neck.  Be sure your sunglasses filter out ultraviolet radiation.

Avoid sun tanning, which includes artificial sunlight at tanning salons.