Many moms mentioned anti-aging in our Happiness Makeover. Well, our number 1 tip is, you guessed it â€“ wear sunscreen! Every. Day.
Be sure to:
- Choose a sunscreen thatâ€™s labeled "broad-spectrum," which means that it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your body from head to toe, applying it 30 minutes before going out into the sun, and reapplying every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating, as The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends.
- Don't forget chapstick with SPF of 15 or higher as well!
- The Environmental Working Group has rated these as the best sunscreens.
In addition to sunscreen:
- Wear a hat with a wide brim, use an umbrella, and if you can, try to stay in the shade between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when the sun's rays are strongest.
- Invest in a good pair of sunglasses with anti-glare and UV protection as skin cancer can occur in and around the eyes as well.
- When you're driving, use a window shade that blocks UV rays.
Wearing sunscreen is rule # 1 if you want your skin to look great for life, but there are so many other things you can do to fight the signs of aging, and doctors and scientists are coming up with new findings all the time. Here are just a few of the most important tips:
- Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water to keep your body healthy, your systems running smoothly, and your skin soft and supple.
- Sleep: Our bodies repair themselves when we sleep; skin cells regenerate and are more responsive to anti-aging ingredients, which is why they are often found in night creams. It's not easy when you have kids, but make an effort to get more, or at least better, sleep. Find tips here.
- Eat well: This one's worth repeating. Eating a well-balanced diet can do wonders for your skin. These foods are particularly great for keeping your skin healthy, clear, and wrinkle-free, and these foods are proven to make your skin glow (really!). Foods rich in lycopene are also great for the skin.
- Stay away from sugar: Sweets are not just bad for your waistline -- too much sugar causes dull and wrinkled skin.
- Treat your skin: There are tons of options for treating everything from blotchy skin to undereye circles. Retinol seems to be a miracle product for fine lines. Hydroquinone can lighten sun spots. Antioxidants fight free radicals and improve skin tone. Read up on what's out there to see what might work for you.
- But first, prevent: Wear sunscreen. Yes, we're repeating it. It's that important. It's much smarter -- and easier! -- to avoid sun damage than to treat it after the fact.
What are your favorite sunscreens and anti-aging products? Which ones do you want to try?