Aging SkinWe get a little older each day. It is what it is. There’s really nothing we can do about it. It’s completely out of our control.

Or is it?

While we can’t shed the years (unless, of course, we get help from a surgeon), there are things we can do to slow the process.

Today we’re going to talk about the things we can do today to prevent wrinkles tomorrow.

  1. Stay hydrated

As we age, our skin loses the ability to retain moisture, so it’s crucial we put it right back by drinking those 8 glasses of water a day.

Think you already drink enough? If you ever find yourself feeling thirsty, you’re not. By then you’ve already become dehydrated.

2. Don’t Pull

Our skin becomes loose and begins to sag as we get older. This means we need to treat our skin with “kid gloves”; taking a gentle approach when washing or drying our face. We can do this by gently wiping our face clean in a circular motion rather than scrubbing and pulling the skin downward as we remove our makeup.

3. Rest a little easier

Another way to treat our skin gently is to take note how we sleep at night. Sleeping on your back is best for your skin because you’re not laying on it.

If you’re a die hard side sleeper, all isn’t lost. Laying on a silky pillowcase is the next best thing.

4. Fight no matter what

The biggest reason our skin ages so quickly is it’s exposure to pollution and free radicals in the environment. You can protect your skin by using skincare products that fight those free radicals. Here is where it pays to read ingredient labels! Be sure your products contain a combination of anti-oxidants such as these:

  • Green Tea Extract
  • Coenzyme (CoQ10)
  • Acai Oil
  • Caffeine
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Alpha-hydroxy Acid

5. Use this every day

You probably already guessed sunscreen made the list. But, did you know sunscreen isn’t enough?

It’s not that you use it, it’s more how you use it that counts. Your sunscreen will be most effective if:

  • it isn’t older than 1 year
  • you use the highest spf available
  • you reapply every 15 minutes when exposed to the sun for long periods of time
  • you reapply after getting out of the pool, lake or ocean
  • your product contains sun block which unlike sunscreen alone protects from both UVA and UVB rays

Do you think there are other things we can do to prevent premature aging? Share your comments below.