October’s Skin FIRST Movement Update is all about learning the science of aging and how to keep your skin healthy and, in turn, help prevent premature wrinkling and spots. Those little wrinkles sneak up on me. I think my skin still looks it did when I was 18, and then I take a close look in the mirror. And, holy heck, where is the info on premature wrinkling?!
What Causes Aging?
Skin is composed of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis, with an insulating layer of fat below, called the subcutis. The dermis provides a network of collagen and other connective tissue elements that act like a scaffold that helps to maintain firm, flexible skin. As you age, the collagen network is diminished and your dermis holds less water.
What does this mean for you? Sagging and wrinkles! So what can you do to help prevent premature aging? :;Yes, please tell ME!::
How to Prevent Premature Aging
Put it out, seriously. Smoking affects more than just your lungs. It results in poor circulation, brown spots and wrinkles. Many of the 4,000 plus chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage our collagen and elastin when absorbed into the skin. These fibers give skin strength and elasticity, so when you’re smoking, you’re getting sags and wrinkles (and giving them to other people too!).
Wear sunscreen. We know you’ve heard this one before but we just can’t stress enough how important it is. Sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to help prevent wrinkles. UVA rays can penetrate into the dermis of the skin and are the primary cause of chronic sun-induced damage like premature skin aging. These rays (or ultraviolet light from tanning booths) are toxic to your skin. They increase production of free radicals and trigger cellular changes that can lead to wrinkles, brown spots, sunburn and dryness, or serious diseases like cancer.
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Extreme changes in temperature and humidity can damage the skin. Cold and dry air saps water from our skin, leaving it dry and flaky while hot and humid air can lead to drier, unhealthy skin. Much of this climatic impact on skin can be prevented with moisturizing cream. Eucerin’s new Daily Skin Balance Skin Fortifying Body Lotion and Hand Crème strengthens the skin’s protective barrier against external elements and enhances skin health while providing 24 hour moisture.
Eat Well. You are what you eat. Limit your consumption of low-fiber, high-sugar carbohydrates (hold off on the ice cream, people). A diet composed of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, high-fiber grains, low-fat dairy and poly- and monounsaturated fats that is low in red meat, saturated fats and sugar, will help maintain your skin’s health.
Use these tips to put your SKIN First so you will look your best now and hopefully twenty years from now! Take the Skin First Pledge to gain access to skin health and beauty updates that you can share with your friends.
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Win! A Eucerin Prize Package, including moisturizing gloves, Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Lotion and Intense Repair Hand Crème.
How to Enter: Watch this short video: Skin Truth by Eucerin on The Doctors and tell us what is the 2nd condition that incidental sun-exposure can cause?
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Giveaway ends November 12 – open to US residents.
Disclosure: Thanks to Eucerin for providing me with a goody bag and one for the giveaway prizes. Others may have a different experience. Opinions are my own.