Preventing Wrinkles Can Start at an Early Age

Taking good care of your skin early on is critical in preventing the development of wrinkles.

Karen Johnson may only be 32, but she's well aware of the need to take good care of her skin now in order to prevent wrinkles later.

“My mom has beautiful skin now, and I know that it's because she's taken care of it for so long, so she's instilled that in me,” says Johnson.

Growing up in Miami, Karen was exposed to sun constantly.

She was twelve when her mom started her on a daily skin care regimen, but dermatologist Rutledge Forney says no matter what your age, there are some simple steps you can take to help prevent the dreaded crinkling of the skin.

“The two most important things to do is never smoke and avoid the sun and tanning beds,” says Forney, ‘both of those things set you up to have bad collagen and bad collagen is gonna wrinkle a lot faster than good collagen.”

In your 30’s, Forney suggests a mild exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, a retinol to clean out pores, and a moisturizer with an SPF of 15-30.

By the time you're in your 40’s, start thinking about trying to be on retina. Use antioxidants also on your skin, also there are wound-healing factors these days, which really help to overcome some of the previous damage.

Overcoming damage will help you to have radiant, glowing skin as you age.

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