Fighting the signs of aging doesn’t have to be a battle. There are several things everyone can do daily to help protect their skin from head to toe to help prevent early aging.
The telltale signs of aging skin are loose skin, fine lines, and dark spots. Loose skin can develop above and below the eyes. Cheeks, chins, and jowls can start to droop. Using products specifically created for this area, such as the Genucel jawline treatment, is one of your best defenses. Wrinkles can develop practically everywhere, and age spots seem to appear on the hands, forehead, and cheeks magically, but there is hope.
One of the first lines of defense against aging and the one that is repeated the most often is apply sunscreen. Research has proved that protecting the skin from the sun not only helps slow the aging process but also may prevent some forms of skin cancer. Sunscreen should have an SPF factor of at least 15, and it should be applied liberally and often. There are many sunscreens developed that you can wear underneath makeup and many brands that have blended the two ingredients. Some formulations are specifically created for running, swimming, and sweating, but be advised, even these products need to be reapplied from time to time.
The easiest thing you can do to help slow the signs of aging is to drink plenty of water. It may seem so simple, but this one act can help keep the skin hydrated from the inside out. A simple technique to remember how much water you need to consume a day is to think of the 8X8 rule. This will remind you to drink eight glasses of water a day, and each glass should hold 8oz of water. A way to make drinking that much water easier is to infuse it with flavor. Fill a pitcher with water and drop in cucumber slices, lemon wedges, or other chopped fruit. The water will pick up a light hint of the sweet flavors and encourage you to drink.
Now that you are moisturized on the inside, the air outside can also add another layer of anti-aging protection on top of you. If you live in a humid environment, you are already one step ahead of the game. Moisture in the air is just as essential as moisture in the body. If you live in a dry climate, consider purchasing a humidifier. They are sold at most corner drug stores. The machines are relatively inexpensive, but if you are looking for a green alternative, keeping your home full of houseplants will help raise the humidity. Having houseplants increases the humidity in the air because you will need to water them to keep them alive and that act alone will add moisture, and the plants are living creatures, which naturally expel moisture from their leaves.
The old saying out with the old and in with the new was probably not referring to anti-aging techniques, but it fits the bill perfectly. Removing the layers of dead skin cells that naturally build up is one way to keep skin youthful. The epidermis needs occasional sloughing. Touch up the bottom of feet occasionally with a buffing tool or a pumice stone. Hit your elbows and knees with a body scrub in the shower. You can use that same scrub to exfoliate your hands. To remove dead cells on the face, use specifically manufactured products. The skin on the face is delicate, and any harsh rubbing or chemicals will only damage the skin and make it appear red, blotchy, and dry. Your skin may look aged if you use the wrong type of exfoliate.
The final suggestion to help prevent premature aging is to apply lotions and moisturizer to the skin and not just apply it now and then but make it a habit. If you wait until your skin is dry and crackly to apply moisturizer, it’s almost a little too late. There are several tricks you can do to develop the habit of putting on moisturizer. The first thing is to use a product that gives you noticeable results. This will encourage you to apply it. Next, keep it simple. A way to combine simplicity with results is to use a preconfigured program, such as the Genucel system, which is a four-step, done-for-you process. There is no guessing on when or what to do, and you will see results.