7 Anti-Aging Tips for Your Skin :D

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Safeguard Your Skin from the Sun
It’s never too late—in the season, or in your life— to start protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Use sunscreen every day and wear sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat whenever possible. “The single thing that ages the skin more than anything else is ultraviolet light, which damages DNA and breaks down collagen [the fibers that keep skin firm],” explains Mary P. Lupo, M.D., a dermatology professor at Tulane University in New Orleans. “The way I see it is: You can’t reverse a freight train until you first stop it.” Once you start protecting your skin you can reverse the damage that’s occurred.

Use an Antioxidant-Rich Moisturizer
Using a cream, serum or lotion that contains such antioxidants as vitamin C, green tea extract or ferulic acid can make your skin healthier. “Antioxidants really prevent aging by quenching free radicals, but they also decrease inflammation that can lead to wrinkles,” says Leslie Baumann, M.D., author of The Skin Type Solution. And if you apply them during the day, antioxidants can block damage from any UV light that gets through your sunscreen.

Out with the Old, In with the New
Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week with a facial wash, scrub or peel that contains glycolic or lactic acid (both alpha hydroxy acids) removes dead cells from the skin’s surface and allows new ones to emerge. “This gives the skin a smoother surface that reflects light better and looks more radiant,” Dr. Baumann says. Skip this step if you have acne or very sensitive skin because the friction from exfoliating can aggravate these conditions.

Hydrate Your Skin
Use a good, thick moisturizer to keep your skin looking moist, supple and youthful. Anytime you increase hydration to the skin, you camouflage fine lines, protect skin against environmental assaults, and you may maximize the penetration of whatever else you’re putting on your skin. If your skin is dry, look for a moisturizer that contains cholesterol, fatty acids and ceramides. It sounds counterintuitive, but “the more water there is in a moisturizer, the less moisturizing it is,” says Ellen Marmur, M.D, author of Simple Skin Beauty.

Use Retinoids
Nighttime is the right time to really work on repairing your skin with a retinoid preparation. Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, are available by prescription. “They can reverse some of the signs of aging—fine lines, blotchy discoloration and enlarged pores,” says Dr. Lupo. Retinoids also promote the production of collagen (the skin’s essential support structure) and help the skin make more elastin (which gives skin its resilience), thereby making the skin look younger and fresher. Retinoids' milder siblings, retinols, which are available over the counter, can do all this to a lesser extent.

Get Beauty Sleep
Your mother was right: You do need your beauty rest, so try to get plenty of quality shut-eye every night. “It’s during sleep when your metabolic rate is decreased that the body initiates the repair process,” Dr. Lupo says. For your face’s sake, it’s best to sleep on your back. “If you sleep on your face, your facial skin will age more rapidly,” Dr. Lupo warns. “It’s like wrinkling a pair of pants—in this case, you’re mechanically wrinkling the skin by deforming the skin’s collagen and impeding circulation to the skin.” So roll over if you’re a belly- or side-sleeper.

Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids
To make your skin healthier and more youthful, consider having salmon for dinner tonight. “Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, walnuts, canola oil, flax and supplements, can decrease inflammation in the skin,” explains Lisa Donofrio, M.D., professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. This is significant because chronic, low-grade inflammation can lead to loss of collagen and elastin, which, in turn, causes wrinkles and sagging of the skin.

Take Care of Your Skin