Anti Aging Skincare Guide – Top Ten Mistakes That Lead To Wrinkles

By avoiding these common skincare mistakes, you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to preventing wrinkles and having younger looking skin. And if you’re already experiencing the signs of aging, this information can be used to lessen and even reverse much of the damage already in place.

Here’s our top ten list of anti aging skin care mistakes… avoid them to keep from looking old before your time:

1. Using tanning beds or booths – Many people believe that a tan produced at a tanning salon is safer than one from old-fashioned sunbathing. In fact, many salons actually promote this idea in their marketing and advertising campaigns. The simple truth is this – tanned skin is damaged skin and this leads to premature aging and the development of wrinkles. In many cases it also results in various forms of skin cancer, some of which are deadly. Assuming you want to avoid wrinkled skin and premature death, avoid tanning beds completely. And use good sense when spending a lot of time in the sun as well. While small doses of sunlight are actually good for you and promote your body’s production of necessary vitamins such as Vitamin D, too much can be dangerous. If you plan to be outside for any length of time, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen protection.

2. Getting too little rest – You know, there is a reason that going to bed at a reasonable hour is called beauty sleep. You actually need adequate good-quality sleep for your body and mind to function properly. A proper resting cycle rejuvenates and replenishes your body resulting in continued good health. Get too little and you’ll not only feel bad, your looks will suffer too. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to permanent health and skin damage.

3. Allowing yourself to become dehydrated – Many people are in a constant state of dehydration and it often shows in both their energy levels and appearance. Get in the habit of drinking plenty of water and cutting down on beverages that tend to encourage dehydration such as sodas and alcohol. In addition, take steps to keep the surface of your skin hydrated with good quality moisturizing products such as creams or serums. Remember, the opposite of plump, supple and moist is wrinkled, sagging and dry.

4. Wearing too much makeup or using outdated application techniques – When girls are young they want to look older and they often accomplish this by wearing a lot of makeup.  While many of them tone it down as they get older, many continue their heavily made-up look well into their later years. Too much makeup will do more harm than good after a certain age. In addition, it’s a good idea to use softer colors and healthier formulations as you age. Mineral formulations are popular today and tend to work well with aging skin by deflecting attention away from wrinkles and lines. These mineral make up options also tend to be beneficial to the skin.

5. Eating a steady diet of processed foods – With the hectic pace we all lead today, it is increasingly difficult to eat the right foods. Instead we order take-out, eat drive-thru burgers and grab on-the-go snacks. Not only is this type of eating harmful to your overall health, a poor diet will eventually show up on your skin. You’ve probably heard it over and over… your skin is a reflection of what you put into your body and gives an indication of your overall health. Most often, looking good is the result of being healthy.

6. Using the same skincare products you used twenty years ago – Everything changes over time and your skin’s condition and care requirements are no exception. Normally when skin ages it needs increasingly rich moisturizers as well as a proper exfoliation plan to encourage new cell growth. Serums to plump up new lines are often needed along with adult acne products in some cases. If you’ve been using the same skincare products for several years – or always – it’s time to review what works and what could work a lot better. Most likely your cosmetic box needs a few changes to suit your current needs.

7. Deciding that plastic surgery or expensive cosmetic procedures are the only way to deal with aging skin – While many people do have success with these options, there are many gentle and natural anti-aging steps you can take to keep your skin glowing and youthful. Starting early and practicing good skincare habits are essential, but the benefits are well worth it. Professional procedures are not without limitations and risks so they should be a last resort after other treatment option have been considered.

8. Experiencing chronic stress and keeping busy schedules – Excessive stress is not only dangerous for your health; it’s also bad for your skin. Remember that a person’s health is always reflected outwardly on their skin. Stress can also lead to additional wrinkles since folks who are on edge or worried tend to frown a lot. Practice a bit of smiling and laughing to keep from developing those nasty frown lines. A few laughs will hopefully lead to reducing stress levels as well.

9. Going to bed without washing your face – We’ve all done it at some point – sometimes you’re just so tired there isn’t enough energy left in your body to cleanse your face. So the day’s makeup and accumulated dirt sits right there on your face all night long. And nine times out of ten when you wash your face in the morning, it just doesn’t look as good after a night of sleeping in makeup. If you’re guilty of this, you already know the harm it does to your skin because you can see it for yourself each and every morning.  Just don’t do it – use a gentle facial cleanser both morning and night for great looking skin at any age.

10. Failing to consistently follow a skin care program – Having a skincare routine is one thing, but following it each and every day is quite another. As with all things in life, those who are focused and always working toward their goals will be successful. If you’re not getting the results you want for your skin, make sure you’re following your facial skincare regimen completely. Only then should you look at making changes to your existing plan to see if you can improve your results.

Keep this guide handy and read it every so often to remind yourself of things to watch out for when developing and maintaining your anti aging skin care program. Always remember that consistency is the key to getting the results you want.

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