Aging skin is a natural part of the human aging process. As we get older collagen production in the body slows and we begin to lose the natural elasticity in the skin. This causes wrinkles or thinner skin. Although there isn’t much we can do about intrinsic or internal aging of the skin, there is a lot we can do to minimize the effects of extrinsic or external aging. Extrinsic aging is caused by external environmental factors like UV rays and free radicals.
The number one most important way to protect your skin against extrinsic aging is to take precautions throughout your entire life to protect your skin from harsh UV rays form the sun. There is no other factor as damaging to your skin as direct and consistent contact with the sun’s rays without the protection of a sun screen. You should always apply sun screen to your face and exposed body parts every day, regardless of the weather.
Clouds can’t stop UV rays from reaching your skin. Next, your facial cleanser is also important. Don’t pick up just any generic cleanser. You need to find one that is best for your skin type. This may take some experimentation before you find the best one. The same is true for all of the skin care products you apply to your face and body.
You should understand the ingredients in your skin care products and understand their purpose and function so you know what to look for and what to avoid. A diet rich in antioxidants is also beneficial. By following these steps you can keep your skin looking as beautiful as possible.