Daily habits can slow skin sagging

March 31, 2011

Daily habits can slow skin sagging
Daily habits can slow skin sagging

Many adults are frustrated with their wrinkles. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, the medical correspondent for CBS' The Early Show, recently discussed some daily habits that could help slow the aging process - at least as far as the skin is concerned.

Ashton told the news source that wrinkling on the face can begin as early as in the 20s, particularly for people living in sunny states, such as Florida, Arizona and Utah. She added that even quick outdoor activities, like taking a coffee break or walking the dog, can result in exposure to the sun which could be harmful to the skin.
The medical expert recommends that individuals wear SPF 30 sunscreen every day, even during the winter. For maximum effect, she advises putting the lotion on 20 minutes before going outside.

"Make it part of your morning ritual," she said on the program. "When you get out of the shower and brush your teeth, put your sunscreen on every day. It's not just for the beach."

She added that using moisturizer that contains SPF can make this process easier.

Ashton also put emphasis on the importance of sleep when it comes to skin care. She cited a study that suggested that those who slept eight hours a night "were actually perceived by others to be not just more beautiful and more attractive physically, but healthier."

When a person sleeps, their whole body, including their skin, rejuvenates. Dr. Ashton explained that re-hydration takes place during sleep, which means the cells of the skin repair themselves during the night.

Finally, Ashton acknowledged that some dermatologists believe the position in which a person sleeps has an effect on his or her skin. The doctor says that sleeping on the back, if possible, is the ideal position to prevent wrinkling.

Those who are looking for a fast, effective anti-wrinkle treatment may want to consider undergoing cosmetic surgery or a cosmetic procedure. The field of plastic surgery has come a long way in recent years, and there are now many injectable facial fillers that offer affordable, quick results. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of Botox injections and facial filler injections being performed by plastic surgeons continues to rise. When considering cosmetic surgery, look for a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


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