• Rachael Herman

Top 3 Anti Aging Tips

It seems all you see while scrolling on line or flipping through magazines are endless advertisements for ‘miracle’ youth creams, de-wrinklers, plumpers, anything that will turn back time. A stroll passed the beauty counter can leave one in complete confusion on what to buy to keep them looking their best. It doesn’t have to be this complicated. Cut the fluff and go with the tried and true…and save yourself time and money.


The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen of at least an SPF of 30. There are two different kinds of sunscreen, a physical and a chemical. The physical acts as a block to the sun and is thicker but better for sensitive skin. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays and are more easily absorbed in to the skin. Apply the amount equal to a full shot glass to your body every 2 hours, more often if you have been in the water or sweating heavily. Elta MD and Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen have several sunscreen options. Average cost of a good sunscreen, about $20.

Sun avoidance

Sorry beach babes, but this is the best way to keep the wrinkles and age spots away. Most skin treatments are geared to undoing what the sun has caused. This doesn’t mean you must stay indoors. The Melanoma Research Foundation recommends limiting sun exposure when the sun is most intense, between 10am and 4pm. Enjoy outside activities early or late in the day, along with the sunscreen mentioned above, and you won’t bake (prematurely age) your skin. Clothing companies, like Coolibar, have also developed fabrics with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) woven into the garment. Fabulous floppy hats, beachy swim cover-ups, and removable sleeves, create a physical barrier between you and the sun.

Use a retinol or retinoic acid

These products speed up the cellular turnover of the skin, rapidly sloughing off the old top layer of skin to reveal the new that is waiting beneath. The texture of the skin is markedly improved. Retinols can be easily found over the counter. Retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin-A) is the stronger of the two and only available via prescription or at a dispensing dermatology office. Avoid sun exposure when using these products and use sunscreen. Avene, and Obagi are respected names for retinols and retinoic acids. Expect a price tag of about $60-$80.

For further expert advice on these anti aging tips and more, visit with your dermatologist. Don't have a dermatologist? You need one. They are going to help you care for your largest organ, the skin! Visit AAD.com to find dermatologists in your area.

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