How can I slow down aging skin?

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Dr. Liliya Slutsker

Dr. Liliya Slutsker is a Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.


Countless factors around and within us cause our skin to show signs of aging, and while fighting many of those things is outside of the average human’s sphere of influence, many aren’t. First thing first, we need to lay down a ground rule, which is: that we cannot stop the aging process itself. There is a beginning and end to everything and in between is what we’ve got to work with. 

In this post, we’re going to talk about what controls our aging, examine what we can influence, and then dig into how to slow down aging skin. Finally, we’ll learn where you can turn for help with looking more youthful, for longer.

The Best Ways To Slow Down Aging Skin

The sun plays a central role in our skin’s health, for better or for worse. However, there are many other things that we can do or not do, that can age our skin more quickly than it should be or would be naturally. To help you build the best defense against aging skin, here are the best ways to slow down aging skin:

  1. Protect Your Skin From The Sun

This should go without saying, but somehow it needs to keep being said. Whether you’ll be in the sun all day at the beach, or in the sun for an hour or two in the afternoon running errands before dinner, sun protection is critical. Sun-blocking clothing, a hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses are all essentials.

  1. Use Self-Tanner Instead Of Tanning

This goes along with number 1. If you want to have a tanned appearance, get it without sitting in the sun getting cooked. Use self-tanner, and skip the sun and the beds, your skin will thank you.

  1. Stop Smoking

Smoking rapidly accelerates how quickly your skin ages. It directly causes wrinkles, as well as a dull complexion. Additionally, the motions and facial expressions you make can increase the appearance of fine lines.

  1. Avoid Repetitive Facial Expressions

Every time you make a facial expression, your skin needs to fold and contort to accommodate the movement of the underlying facial muscles. Using the same muscles, whether frowning or laughing, for years and years, will eventually cause some lines and wrinkles to become permanent. You can also wear sunglasses to stop reinforcing those squint lines.

  1. Eat A Healthy & Balanced Diet

There is more than one study out there that shows you can help prevent damage that leads to aged appearances by eating more fresh fruits and veggies. Additionally, diets with lots of sugar have been shown to contribute to accelerated signs of aging skin.

  1. Drink Less Alcohol & Drink More Water

Alcohol is rough on the skin, even if it comes in a shot glass or beer can. Drinking alcohol dries out the skin, which makes it easier to damage over time. Conversely, many adults are dehydrated to some degree, so making sure you’re drinking enough water each day can help facilitate the processes that flush out toxins and help our skin look younger. 

  1. Be Gentle

It’s important to keep your skin clean, but too many people clean their skin aggressively, which can lead to damage. Instead of scouring and scrubbing, make an effort to wash more gently to avoid irritation.

Partner With Carrington Medical For Low-Stress Youthful Appearance Maintenance

Even if you haven’t seen any definitive signs of premature skin aging, it’s never too early to start caring for your skin. No matter what your skin needs are, reach out to Carrington Medical today to get started with a consultation that can help you look younger, longer, and fight off the signs of early aging in your skin.