We’ve all been guilty, at one time or another, of giving in to habits that aged our skin prematurely; whether we spent too much time in the sun as teenagers, took up smoking and drank too many beers in our 20s, or just let stress get the best of us as we got older. You can’t turn back the clock and change that, but the good news is that you can take simple steps to make it look as if you did.
Right Here, Right Now
Nothing weathers the skin as much as unprotected sun exposure and smoking. The 2 best things you can do for your skin today is stop:
- Letting the sun damage your skin Ultraviolet radiation is responsible for 80% of environmental skin damage, and is the single biggest contributor to premature aging. Starting today put a sunscreen of SPF 30 (or a daily moisturizer containing it) next to your toothbrush and make applying it a morning ritual. When you are in the sun, make sure that you follow Dr. Oz’s Healthy Tan Plan.
- Quit Smoking Smoking decreases the production of collagen, which is one of the most important building blocks of the skin. Without it, your skin sags and dips, creating wrinkles, creases, and fine lines. You don’t have to go cold turkey; click here for Dr. Oz’s Kick the Habit Plan.
In Your 30s
What you’re battling
Stress Whether it’s starting a family, balancing home life and your career, or just finding time for yourself, the competing demands on you take their toll in your thirties, often showing up as acne. Stress triggers the secretion of a substance called sebum under your skin, which promotes bacteria growth that turns into pimples. Plus, your skin cell turnover and collage production both begin to slow down, setting the stage for the wrinkles to come.