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What are some tips to avoid sagging skin?

Dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf shares some tips on how to avoid sagging skin. Watch Dr. Waldorf's video for information on cosmetic dermatology and skin health.


Susan Evans
Dermatology
Some tips to avoid sagging skin are:
  1. Avoid sun damage. The #1 cause for premature aging is sun damage, almost 90%. Use sun block when outdoors. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Don’t smoke; smoking is the second most common cause of premature aging.
  2. For your facial skin, incorporate a skincare regimen that includes exfoliation (salicylic and alpha hydroxy acids), hydration (hyaluronic acid), rejuvenation (retinol-based compounds) and nutrition (amino acids, vitamin C and E).
  3. Lose weight slowly; do not exceed 1-2 pounds per week. While dieting, maintain your protein and nutritional needs (avoid starvation and dehydration). Preserve your muscle mass; incorporate strength training in your workout regimen.
  4. Avoid fatty, processed foods that are high in sugars. Foods that have a high sugar content increase your circulating insulin levels. Elevated insulin leads to increased inflammation in your body. Elevated Inflammatory levels are linked to early cellular damage.
Ultimately, our skin will lose some of its tone as we age, but with simple preventative measures, we can age gracefully and preserve our youthful appearance for decades.

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