7 Tips for Healthier, Wrinkle-Free Skin

K. Mathews on 17 Jan 2012 at 12:30pm

Tip-sy Tuesday

Aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to looking old. Sure, a facelift can help conceal some wrinkles, but your best bet is to try to address the problem before it starts. 

Straight from the RealSelf doctors, here are 7 tips for maintaining healthy, younger looking skin:

1.  Drink More Water

hydrate your skin

Consuming H2O has plenty of benefits, not the least of which is hydrated, healthy skin. If you’re not already heading to the faucet several times a day, give it a whirl. (Suggested by Dr. Steven J. Pearlman, New York)

2.  Wear Sunscreen Every Day

The sun warms, but it also ages. Many people assume that just because it’s raining out, they don’t need to apply sunblock, but the rays are still reaching your skin. It’s quick to apply (just put your makeup over it) and SPF can now often be found in certain versions of products you already use anyway. (Suggested by Dr. Allison Pontius, New York)

3.  Use Skin Care Products

skin cream tips

Brands with Vitamins E, A, and C are good, and be sure to use a moisturizer as well. Since we all have different types of skin, a dermatologist can suggest which products would work best with your specific skin. (Suggested by Dr. Henri P. Gaboriau, Seattle)

4.  Don’t Over-Exfoliate

Some people go overboard with skin care products; if you have more than four, you’re really overdoing it. Rather than overwhelming your skin with that many ingredients, pick a couple of products and stick to your regimen. (Suggested by Dr. Rodger Wade Pielet, Chicago)

5.  Take Nutritional Supplements

Most people’s diets do not contain sufficient nutrients, which take a toll on their skin. Look for foods and supplements rich in antioxidants in order to slow the aging process. (Suggested by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Connecticut)

6.  Laser It Better

Fraxel laser before and after

For those who want to zap their way to healthier skin, check out new anti-aging LED treatments. These lasers help eliminate wrinkles by activating the production of collagen and stimulating new cell creation. (Suggested by Dr. David Goldberg, Manhattan)

7.  Try Chemical Peels

A chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin, allowing new, healthier skin to take its place. (Suggested by Dr. Jennifer Walden, Austin)

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