The single most important prevention technique is daily sun protection. Wear a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB blocking) sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater on all exposed skin everyday, year round.
Apply to your face, earlobes, neck, upper chest, back of hands and forearms 20 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every 2 hours if outside, or after swimming, sweating or towel drying.-
Avoid mid day sun exposure. Do not stay in the sun for extended periods, just because you are “safe” with sunscreen. No sunscreen screens out all damaging rays.Wear protective clothing if possible – a broad brimmed hat, tightly woven long sleeve shirt, long pants, and UV blocking sunglasses.
If you will be in the water, use waterproof sunscreen which remains active for 80 minutes in the water. if you tend to have acne, waterproof sunscreens may worsen acne, so use a regular sunscreen and reapply more often.
If you use sunless tanning creams or spray (which are safe and effective “dyes” for your skin for color) remember that they only provide minimal protection. – Do not use the tanning bed. Thirty minutes in a tanning bed equals one day at the beach on a sunny day. They are not safer than the sun. The UVA primarily used does not cause sunburns, but does destroy collagen (causing wrinkling and sagging) and leathery appearance, as well as cause skin cancer.
Health and routine tips
- DRINK ALCOHOL IN MODERATION: It is a toxin to the skin
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER: hydration is important for the skin
- HAND CARE: Always wash your hands with a mild cleanser or soap. When using soap, try to use an antibacterial soap with vitamin E in it.
- CLEANSING YOUR SKIN: The most important thing that you can do to shelter your skin from damage is by establishing a good skin care regimen. It is very important to clean your skin every day. Deep cleansing is vital as it keeps pores clear and skin healthy. Cleansing products should be as chemical-free as possible.
- REMOVE MAKEUP: Another good recommendation is to not go to bed with makeup on. Makeup left on overnight seeps into your pores, clogs them, and congests your skin.
- SCRUB YOUR SKIN: A good scrub is necessary for healthy clean skin. It will remove dead cells and smooth the skin. The scrub should be strong without being damaging. Stay away from scrubs that contain coarse elements like small bits of nut or seed extracts or pumice. They will tear and damage the skin. A good scrub will invigorate you, not hurt you.
- MOISTURIZE: Moisturizing is an important requirement for great looking healthy skin. For a thorough moisture treatment, use products with high amounts of vitamin E, shea butter, squalene, and aloe vera.
- EXERCISE: Exercise is another great way to keep your skin strong and healthy. Exercise encourages capillary performance, which can decrease early aging. It also increases oxygen to the tissues, which helps your skin appear young.
- STRESS RELIEF: Get rid of the stress in your life. Stress can show up in your face, no matter how you take care of your skin. Your face tends to conform to the position or expression that you hold most of the time.
- DIET AND VITAMINS: The proper diet and vitamin intake is vital for healthy skin. By eating the right foods and supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals you can assure that your body will function to its fullest potential. As a result, you will feel and look younger.
- Take Antioxidant Vitamins: Antioxidants are a group of compounds including vitamins A, C, and E, which neutralize the harmful molecular products of sun exposure and other environmental damage.
A few Final Tips As skin ages it loses elasticity and has less ability to return to its original shape after stretching.
- Sleep on your back if possible.
- Sleeping on the same side every night often leads to “sleep wrinkles” where the skin is creased. If you can not sleep on back, change position several times throughout the night. Sleep on 2-3 pillows. When lying flat a small amount of puffiness develops under the eyes at night, especially if you have seasonal allergies or sinus problems. This stretches the delicate skin around the eyes, and over time contributes to fine “creepy” lines.
- When treating your skin, do not forget the neck, V of chest, and back of forearms and hands.