It’s good to remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body – responsible for protecting so many of the body’s other functions. And we know how important it is to keep our skin healthy.
Many of us are concerned about looking older – we take great care to try to avoid fine lines and wrinkles on our faces. But the face is just one of the areas that needs attention when it comes to anti-aging.
The chest gets more sun/environmental exposure than you may realize. And it’s often forgotten when it comes to sun protection. But sun damage can lead to wrinkled and discolored skin on the chest area, which can make you look older.
To protect the delicate decolletage area, keep the area covered when you can, and be sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen when you know you’re going to be exposed to the sun.
It’s not uncommon to see a photograph of someone whose face looks 40, but whose hands look much older. Just because someone takes great care of their face (or has even has cosmetic procedures) doesn’t mean they are as conscientious about their hands.
It’s difficult because the skin on the backs of our hands is thinner than a lot of other areas of the body, and they’re almost constantly exposed to the elements. But you can help hands look better by always applying sunscreen to the backs of your hands (just remember to rub some on your hands when you’re applying to your face). Twice-daily moisturizing can also help keep the skin on your hands soft and supple. And remember that those great anti-aging products you use on your face can also be used on the backs of your hands.
Elbows and Knees
Your elbows and knees experience a lot of “wear and tear.” Throughout each day you are repeatedly bending them, and stretching the skin. So one of the best things you an do is to keep them moisturized.
Because the natural aging process will cause skin to sag, it’s particularly difficult to diminish the signs of aging on these joints. But maintaining a healthy weight is a good way to avoid excess wrinkles and sagging in these areas.
The skin on your neck is actually thinner than your facial skin, so it’s not uncommon to have wrinkles and sagging skin on your neck long before your face shows these signs of aging.
As with every other part of the body, prevention is key. The same care you take with your face you should take with your neck. Whatever products you’re using on your face should also be used on your neck. And make sure you are protecting your neck from sun damage.
Feet take a lot of abuse. They carry us around, get stuffed into too-tight shoes, and just generally don’t get much TLC. Plus, they are commonly forgotten when it comes to sun protection, leading to excess sun exposure and sunburns.
But you should take good care of your feet – and the skin on them. Get pedicures, or give yourself one every week or so. And make sure you use a rich, moisturizing foot cream at least once a week.
While we’ve been focusing on skin, your hair can also show signs of aging. While we mostly think of grey hair (which can be colored and/or covered), hair texture can change over time as well; it becomes thinner and coarser.
It’s almost impossible to completely protect your hair from exposure to the sun, but wearing a hat whenever possible can help protect your hair as well as your face. Avoiding excessive heat styling, and use conditioning treatments to keep it soft and healthy.
Leading a healthy lifestyle, complete with regular exercise, a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, plenty of water, and avoiding smoking and other unhealthy habits are your best way of preventing premature signs of aging. Keep your body healthy, and your skin will follow.