Many people in their teens, 20s and 30s don’t think about skincare until it’s too late. Sun damage often starts in a person’s teenage years and can last an entire lifetime.
Lack of sun protection in your youth can lead to long-lasting UV damage, which causes DNA changes in skin cells. These changes can lead to poor elasticity and lack of healthy collagen production, which can cause premature wrinkles and even skin cancer. To prevent aging and damaged skin, it is essential to incorporate healthy skincare choices, such as moisturizer and sunscreen, into your daily routine.
Keep sun protection in mind as you choose a moisturizer and look for one with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) – it does the job of protecting and hydrating your skin at the same time. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it contains both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Alternately, select one that provides “broad-spectrum” coverage, which will protect you against all UV rays. Makeup queen Bobbi Brown applies two daily moisturizers, and says the combination makes her look five years younger.
In addition to protecting your skin against sun damage, dietary choices also can affect a person’s skin condition. Poor food choices may lead to acne, dehydrated and dry skin, wrinkles and pigmentation. So, what should you eat to maintain healthy, youthful skin? Here are some tips:
- Avoid processed foods with preservatives.
- Include antioxidant rich foods – like beans and berries.
- Increase your intake of omega fatty acids. Salmon, flax seeds and soybeans are great sources for these.
- Green vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins and act as a natural anti-inflammatory and helps promote healthy skin.
- Drink plenty of water as well-hydrated skin cells function better. Water also allows skin to hold moisture more effectively, to produce a healthy glow.
Making consistent use of a quality-based skincare routine, as early in life as possible, will develop good skin habits that will last a lifetime. Women, in particular, should be proactive about their skincare, to ensure beautiful skin that will last decades. And men might pay more attention too!
VISIA skin analysis is an extremely effective skin analysis technology performed by physicians that helps accurately identify enlarged pores, wrinkles, surface texture and roughness, porphyrins (bacteria in the pores) and invisible UV spots. The use of VISIA and other resources found in a medical office can determine the best treatment options for individual skincare needs. For skincare concerns at any age, consult a medical professional who can offer advice on what will work best for you.