Aging is inevitable. Along with it, is aging skin. Turns out there are some things you can do to help improve the look of your skin, and even reverse skin damage.
First and foremost, according to dermatologist Dr. Amy Kassouf, is to protect the skin from its biggest offender: The sun.
Wearing sunscreen year round is a must.
“You want it broad spectrum because it covers UVA", says Dr. Kassouf. "UVA goes deeper and the deeper ultraviolet rays are more likely to break down your collagen and cause more of the aging changes.”
Another culprit, believe it or not, is inflammation, which can take a serious toll.
“Local inflammation creates things – enzymes that break down elastic fibers, break down collagen ,and sometimes those don’t get completely repaired,” explains Dr. Kassouf.
One way to keep inflammation in check is to get your fill of antioxidants found in brightly color fruits and vegetables.
And if you are a smoker, quitting now will give your skin the boost it needs.
Dr. Kassouf says if you stop smoking, your skin will look better within weeks, "Because your blood flow will return to your skin, you will have more ability to heal some of the damage that’s been done.”
Using a Retinol cream on your skin will improve the effects of aging, as it helps restore collagen and rebuilds damaged cells.