During the summer months we’re always looking for ways to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Whether you were a sun worshiper in the past, now is the time to refresh your personal regimen to diminish the signs of aging. Some skin care products that you use at home can help make you look years younger. In fact, some people feel that you can take 10 to 15 years off your age without extreme measures. Here are some new at-home ways to help refresh and protect your skin.
Collagen and elastin are two proteins that support the structure and elasticity of your skin. Age and sun exposure can slow down production of these proteins, causing your skin to stretch and sag. The best line of defense is to start wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. You should look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Many daily moisturizers and makeup have SPF protection already in them, so this should be an easy transition to make! This will help protect your skin against both sun damage and free radicals, the molecules that cause aging.
Retinoids are the ultimate multi taskers. These products help prevent the buildup of dead skin cells, diminish the look of wrinkles and lighten sun spots. There are both prescription and over the counter products to choose from. Retinoid skin care products can take some getting used to, so every other day usage is initially recommended. Once your skin adjusts to the vitamin A treatment, you can begin using it daily.
When it comes to showing your age, nothing is more sensitive than your eyes. Damage is not only caused by environmental factors, but from physical factors like squinting and smiling. Also, many non-protective sunglasses can cause premature aging by allowing the sun’s harmful rays access to the delicate eye area. The first thing to do is pick up a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer. This will plump up the area to smooth wrinkles and add much needed vitamins like A, C and E to help reduce the look of aging. Purchasing a good set of protective sunglasses will further protect the sensitive eye area.
Skin care is essential to maintaining and improving your look. You can also visit our National Harbor office to discuss more dramatic ways to improve your appearance with treatments and procedures designed to rejuvenate your face and skin. Dr. Michael Chiaramonte can help review your skin care and/or surgical options at Bella Cosmetic Surgery. Schedule your initial consultation with a member of our friendly office staff today. There are many ways to protect and diminish the appearance of sun damaged skin – your first step is to get started!