A youthful appearance is something most people strive for. Some people even go so far as to spend thousands of dollars on products that claim to have special “anti-aging properties,” but still fail to achieve the results they’re looking for. The real solution is recognizing (and changing) certain lifestyle habits that are unknowingly contributing to signs of aging. Making even a few small tweaks can yield significant results.
Here, Dr. Ary Krau reveals habits that may unknowingly age you, and shares what you can do about it.
Not Wearing Sunscreen during the Winter
Some people become lax about using sunscreen in the winter, believing the sun isn’t as much of a threat. But in a climate like Florida, the sun is always a concern. Even on cloudy days you are at risk of sun damage from UV exposure. A good way to ensure you’re protecting your skin year-round is to use a moisturizer product that has SPF in it.
Not Moisturizing Oily Skin
Contrary to popular belief, moisturizers aren’t verboten for people with oily skin. In some cases, the skin becomes oily to overcompensate for dryness. The right moisturizer helps the skin retain its natural moisture, which is important for staying smooth and supple.
Ignoring the Neck, Chest and Hands
The skin on the neck, chest and hands is susceptible to becoming wrinkly and saggy, revealing your age. It is crucial to nourish and protect this skin as much as you do the skin on your face. Keep it moisturized and protected from the sun when you go outside. It’s perfectly acceptable to use products formulated for the face.
Sleeping In Your Makeup
Sleeping in your makeup is just one of the makeup mistakes that might be aging you. Just because you don’t break out from sleeping in your makeup doesn’t mean the products aren’t ravaging your skin in other ways. Hitting the sack with dirty skin hinders the natural cell turnover process, so your skin can’t clear out dead skin cells and make way for new, healthier cells. Even when you’re exhausted, take the time to remove your makeup (keep a stash of makeup remover wipes in your nightstand).
Explore Your Anti-Aging Treatment Options with Dr. Krau
If you’re not guilty of any of these habits, and yet you are still unhappy with the appearance of your skin, Dr. Krau can talk to you about professional anti-aging procedures. For example, laser skin resurfacing with Fraxel can address a number of imperfections, including skin laxity, pigmentation problems and tone and texture issues. Or a combination of Botox and dermal fillers can smooth creases, lines and wrinkles.