Friday, August 7, 2009

Keeping the Wrinkles at Bay

For those of us over the age of 30, wrinkles are a fact of life. They start with tiny little crows feet around the eyes and the next thing you know, you're looking like these guys in the photo. Well, maybe not that bad, but then they're actually pretty cute, huh?
There are a few things you can do to fight your genetic predisposition to wrinkling:
  • Maintaining a stable weight throughout your life (i.e. no yo-yo dieting) has been proven to reduce the severity of wrinkles and loose skin on our bodies.
  • Wear a hat with a brim when outdoors. Looser fitting hats are cooler, when wind is not an problem.
  • Sunscreen is like American Express; don't leave home without it. Apply before you leave and often thereafter.
  • Sunglasses provide extra protection to the delicate skin around your eyes.
  • Loose, light colored and light weight clothing is coolest when long sleeves are required for longer hours in the sunlight.
  • Cotton absorbs sweat best and is therefore cooler than synthetics like polyester.
  • Some people swear that the newer spray-on sunscreens cause less sweating and therefore last longer. Try it both ways, and see what works best for you.
  • Umbrellas are not just for rain; they also keep the hot rays off your skin.
  • Use gentle cleansers such as glycerin type "soaps" for the least drying effect from bathing.
  • Moisturize after showering, when you have spent time in the sun.
  • To protect yourself from the toxic effects of some ingredients, avoid parabens, PABA, artificial colors, fragrances, and preservatives.

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