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Dr. John shares the secrets to aging gracefully

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KUSA - Aging is inevitable and as we age our skin does too.

Not only does our skin age along with our bodies but things we do to our skin as we grow older can have a huge impact on how well, or not so well, our skin does later in life.

The biggest things anyone can do to help keep their skin as healthy as possible are to not smoke and to consistently use sunscreen, especially while you are younger.

Besides fillers, botox or other injectables, there are things you can do throughout the decades to keep your skin youthful and glowing.

There is some truth to the saying you are what you eat. Your diet has a huge impact on your skin's health. Eating healthy throughout the years can supply your skin with what it needs to repair itself from the constant damage it undergoes.

It's best to concentrate on the various food groups including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and oils. Antioxidant containing foods can help counter some of the sun and other damages skin undergoes. Foods top in this category include those containing Vitamin A, C and E like carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges, berries, spinach, broccoli and nuts. Oils rich in omega 3 fatty acid or monounsaturated fats are also a good part of this skin healthy diet.

Eating these types of foods throughout the decades can keep your skin stay as healthy as possible. However, as you age you need to look at different products to put on your skin. That's because your skin behaves differently as you move on in life.

In your twenties you will naturally have youthful skin but need to remember that what you do now will affect your skin later in life. That means protecting it from environmental damage. Consistently wear sunscreen and don't smoke. If you do smoke, stop. Smoking can be very damaging to the skin.

At this age you will tend to have dry or flaky and oily skin that can have clogged pores. It is important to use a daily cleanser and a moisturizer, especially one containing SPF protection.

Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and don't go to sleep with makeup on. Some experts also say this is a good time to start using a gentle eye cream since that could help stave off crow's feet.

In your thirties the collagen and elastin in your face start to break down. You'll probably also notice fine lines and wrinkles more often. At this stage your skin needs help with antioxidants and vitamins. Lotions containing vitamin C and other antioxidant creams can help. Retinoid or retinol can both help reduce those fine lines and wrinkles.

Once you hit your forties your skin might start showing some of the damage suffered earlier on. This means age spots and freckles could begin to emerge. Moisturizers with glycerin can help along with retinoid containing lotions can help minimize both spots and wrinkles. 

Lightening creams and lotions can reduce the visibility of skin blemishes. It's still important to protect the skin with sunscreen containing lotions, especially since at this age it can be more affected by the sun.

Your skin begins to undergo big changes once you hit your fifties and becomes especially noticeable once menopause occurs. The skin will become drier and could start to sag more so than before. Wrinkles also become deeper and more prominent. 

The main goal at this stage is to keep the skin hydrated. That means using creams over lotions. Apply moisturizing creams often to your skin, especially after bathing or showering. For sagging skin a peptide rich lotion can help and for wrinkles a retinoid lotion or cream.


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