Skin is going to age as a natural process, but there are also conditions that cause premature skin aging.
Intrinsic aging is the natural aging process of our bodies and our skin. There is not a lot we can do to change the natural aging process. Our skin will naturally become more thin and dry, and we will develop facial lines that will turn into wrinkles. When this intrinsic aging occurs is a largely decided by our genetic makeup.
Extrinsic aging of the skin changes occurs as a result of our environment and lifestyle. There are some things that we can do to make a difference in extrinsic aging of our skin.
It is never too late to make positive changes in your skin care. If your aging skin concerns you, pay a visit to your dermatologist to find out more about your skin and options to protect and manage the extrinsic aging process.
Sun exposure is a major factor in premature extrinsic skin aging. No matter where you live or how much time you spend in the sun, apply a broad-spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen daily. You should apply it to all exposed skin areas.
All types of tanning contribute to premature skin aging. That means the sun as well as tanning beds; both have damaging UV rays.
If you smoke, you are helping your skin age extrinsically. One of the many side effects of smoking is that it causes wrinkles and affects the brightness of your complexion.
When you clean your face, do so gently to remove dirt, grime, makeup without scrubbing and irritating it. After washing moisturize to help hold water in your skin.
You can also help care for your skin by eating a healthy diet and by drinking water. Cut back your alcohol intake; alcohol dries out the skin. Start or continue an exercise routine several days a week. Exercise improves your circulation and boosts the immune system.
See your dermatologist for anti-aging skin therapies and products.