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Selecting Skin Products: Aging

August 1, 2016

 

Dermatological problems do not discriminate. By their mid-teens, more than 40% of kids have acne scars or acne that needs to be treated by a dermatologist, and, by the age of 70, the average person will have lost around 48 kilograms of skin. The sun doesn't help, either. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by sun damage. 

While there are many treatments developed for aging skin -- from supplements to skin regenerating topicals -- sunscreen and moisturizer should be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to anti-aging products. When shopping, make sure you find a sunscreen that offers enough protection -- SPF 30 or higher -- and water resistance, so you can protect your face from the sun all day long. Also remember that creams are safer than aerosol sprays.

Anti-aging moisturizers are also important. They minimize fine lines and wrinkles while the sunscreen is working to protect them from getting any deeper. Of course, a moisturizer that includes sunscreen is fine, as long as the sunscreen is still broad spectrum and has an SPF of at least 30.

It can be tempting to try all of the products on the market, but, in reality, it is better to focus on one problem at a time. For instance, work on targeting wrinkles or dark spots for a couple of months, instead of both. Using too many products at one time can irritate your skin and end up making you look even older.  Ask an experienced skincare specialist for more information. 

Another thing to be aware of is what's in the product that you choose to use. Is it hypoallergenic? Does it have artificial scents? Consult your dermatologist if you have sensitive skin or other conditions like rosacea or liver spots.

Whether you are using skin regenerating topicals or receiving laser skin rejuvenation treatments, remember to protect your skin from the sun and its fast aging effects.

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