10 Commandments of Anti-Aging
By contactus@wyoskindoc.com
October 07, 2016
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1. WEAR SUNSCREEN—AND NOT JUST AT THE BEACH

Rain or shine, liberally applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains both UVA and UVB protection every day is the single most important thing you can do to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.

2. QUIT SMOKING

In addition to causing cancer and bad breath, smoking cigarettes destroys collagen and elastin and decreases levels of estrogen, which is necessary to keep skin firm. So the two main ways of prevention of excessive skin aging are not smoking and avoidance of the sun's UV rays.

3. USE A RETINOID

It's the best way to slow down the clock with a cream. Retinoids minimize the appearance of existing age spots and fine lines and prevent new ones from forming.

4. STAY HYDRATED

No, Diet Coke doesn't count. The more hydrated your skin, the better your wrinkles will look. Drink lots of water, cut back on coffee and soda, and moisturize regularly. However dry skin and scaling in Wyoming and other dry climates is mainly caused by over washing which removes the skin's natural oil. This oil on the skin surface is the main protectant against dry, scaling and wrinkled skin.

5. SLEEP WELL

The expression "beauty rest" actually has some science behind it. Not only does your skin require downtime to repair itself, but sagging skin and puffiness around the eyes make wrinkles look much worse.

6. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

Not surprisingly, yo-yo dieting isn't great for your skin. Skin loses elasticity over time. The more your weight fluctuates, the harder it is to snap back into shape.

7. EAT RIGHT

Your skin receives nutrients not only from creams and treatments, but also from the food you eat. The more balanced your diet, the younger you'll look. And if you're not taking a multivitamin, start now. To keep skin happy, eat more fatty fish (such as salmon), dark green vegetables (like broccoli and spinach), almonds, and walnuts. Drink lots of antioxidant green tea. And lay off the refined sugar and booze—both cause aging inflammatory reactions in the skin.

8. GET MOVING

Exercise increases blood flow to the skin and promotes a glowing, healthy-looking complexion. Working out for just 30 minutes four or five days a week can make a huge difference.

9. TRY TO RELAX

The mind-body connection is a powerful one. Do whatever you need to do to decompress. Stress causes cells to age faster, which absolutely shows on the skin.

10. DON'T PICK

You got the same advice when you were a teenager. Sun damage causes dark spots as you age, but so does picking at your blemishes. With enough picking, you can develop scarring. And since the skin takes a lot longer to repair itself as you age, the spots won't disappear right away.

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