Most people think of the face when you mention anti-aging products, but neglecting your neck is a sure-fire way to show your age before you’re ready. The fragile skin on your neck and décolletage has different needs from the skin of your face, and if not protected and nourished appropriately can lose hydration and look flabby. Do NOT apply perfume to your neck or chest and then go outdoors. Spritz it at the base of your hairline or an area that is hidden from the sun.
2.) Not Eating Correctly
In addition to topical creams and serums, the optimum anti-aging skin care regimen includes nourishing the skin from within. Many dermatologists recommend a diet high in Vitamims A, E, and C as well as Fish Oils and other antioxidants. Unfortunately most of us do not eat exactly right 100% of the time. Make it your mission to include fruits, nuts and vegetables in your diet and if need be take supplements.
3.) Skimping on the Sunscreen
You’ve heard it many times before: no single product can do more to prevent the signs of aging than sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. The truth is most of us do not apply enough as often as we should. Experts recommend applying about 1 ounce of sunscreen —enough to fill a shot glass— 15 to 30 minutes before heading out. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and after sweating or swimming. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure when it comes to sunscreens. This is the biggest mistake most of us make; we expect one application of sunscreen to last all day. Not true!
4.) Ignoring Your Hands
Next to your face, your hands are probably the most visible parts of your body and will show the earliest signs of aging. They’re always in contact with the elements, household chemicals and extreme temperatures causing sun damage, dryness, chapped skin and age spots. Despite this our hands are often left off the list when it comes to anti-aging skin care needs. Use scrubs, moisturizers, cuticle cream and wear gloves when cleaning.