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Antiaging Skin Care Tips

Antiaging skin care and self esteem are often linked. And it's such a simple matter to keep your skin clear and natural that I'm amazed more people don't take these proactive skin care tips and put them to work.

The flush of youth is transitory, simply because there are so many attacks on our skin every day - sun, wind, lack of proper hydration or care. They're all perfectly natural, but one day we look in the mirror and wonder when our skin started to look so dull, and when the wrinkles began.

Or we finally hit the wall and demand a permanent solution for unsightly moles, warts, and skin tags - even a skin care acne treatment that works.

The most effective antiaging skin care regime starts well before that day arrives. Prevention is invariably better than a cure. However, for those who have not had eight hours sleep every night, moisturized regularly, or stayed out of the sun, the first step towards natural skin care and beauty is to stop the rot - that is, reduce further aging and regain a more vibrant appearance.

Where Does Antiaging Skin Care Start?

Whether you're 17 or 57 it is vital that men and women protect their skin from the damage of the sun. While the dangers were not as well known years ago (or so severe) it is now the responsibility of everyone to safeguard the sensitive skin on their face from the harsh damage caused by the UV rays from the sun.

Your skin is exposed to the sun even on dull and overcast days, so use a moisturizer or foundation with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher every day. UVA and UVB rays contribute to wrinkles and burns, and are strongly implictaed in the possibility of skin cancer.

As skin ages it tends to become drier, and the bad news is that dry skin shows more wrinkles than well hydrated skin. Moisturizers create a barrier that keeps the skin from losing essential water, so regular use is a good move in the antiaging skincare war.

Today's moisturizers are far more luxurious than the cold creams of yesterday. Starting a moisturizing routine will help your skin retain hydration, and that contributes to a supple texture which reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Moisturizers also prepare the skin for the application of makeup - it then goes on smoother and creates a fine finish without cracking or flaking.

Natural Skin Care

Pollution in the air and chemicals in our food release free radicals into our bodies. Free radicals break down the collagen and elastin in your skin which is another cause of wrinkles and sagging. Using antioxidants in your skin care creams or in supplements helps protect the collagen and elastin which keeps skin firm and supple.

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) is another helpful antiaging facial product. It comes in many forms, from common skin care creams to formulations applied by dermatologists. The AHA sloughs off skin in what is commonly called a 'peel'. A mild formula used at home can treat fine lines, and harsher peels can be made during a short visit to a clinic.

Antiaging Nutrition and Hydration

People are complex creatures, and what goes on inside always shows on the outside. The best prevention from aging skin is to provide your body with a proper diet of healthy fresh foods as well as sufficient hydration. Alcohol and caffeine cause dehydration and should be limited.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will improve the texture of your skin and is also good for dry skin. Healthy foods can provide the vitamin C and E that are so rich in helpful antioxidants. Add a good night's sleep and the steps above, and you are on your way to getting the fresh, vibrant skin you desire.

So you see - antiaging skin care is a natural, easy process. All it takes is awareness, and a proactive skin care routine.


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