Everyone ages, but it's possible to slow down the signs by incorporating a good skin care routine into your daily habits. Cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating are all time-tested methods of keeping the signs of aging at bay. You can also postpone aging by adopting some healthy lifestyle habits.
Postpone the First Signs of Aging
Follow these do's to prevent the initial telltale signs of aging skin:
**Stay out of the sun**. The number-one thing you can do to keep your skin smooth, supple and line-free is to stay out of the sun. The sun can dehydrate your skin and cause dark age spots. A dermatologist can check any new spots and moles.
**Wear a hat and a product with SPF**. If you do venture into the sun, wear a hat and a moisturizer or similar product with an [SPF level](http://www.ehow.com/facts_5016803_spf-sunscreen-use.html) appropriate for the amount of time you plan on spending in the sun. Also, wear a hat that is wide and large enough to cover your forehead and ears.
**Eat healthy** foods. Fruits, veggies, and proteins, such as salmon and lean meats, are loaded with vitamins that help the body function efficiently. These foods keep you healthy, which in turn helps your skin look good.
**Exercise**. Not only does it help you keep your weight down, but it helps you avoid the skin sagging that can come with dieting. Additionally, exercise causes a natural, youthful flush that can leave you glowing like a teenager.
**Get enough sleep**. Sleep is an important component of keeping your
skin looking young. Nothing refreshes the skin like a good night's sleep.
On the other hand, avoid engaging in these activities:
**Smoking**. Smoking contributes to lung cancer and releases free radicals into the bloodstream. These harmful free radicals can age the skin.
**Rubbing your eyes**. The eye area is incredibly delicate, tears easily and doesn't provide moisture to the skin. Rubbing your eyes can cause capillaries to burst, leading to dark undereye circles.
**Rubbing your face**. After you wash your face, pat -- do not rub -- your skin dry. Repeatedly rubbing your face causes the skin to loosen and sag.
**Repetitive facial expressions**. Obviously you don't want to turn your face into a statue, but try not to wrinkle your forehead or squint. Repetitive movements cause wrinkles, the very thing you're trying to avoid.
Use natural skin cleansers or dermatologist-recommended skin cleansers. These products are gentle on the skin and can prevent tearing. Gently apply the product in an upward and sweeping motion.
Exfoliation is key to getting rid of dead surface cells that cause dullness. When choosing a product, look for one that is gentle but effective. Keep an eye out for tiny microbeads that instantly dissolve, soothing emollients like vitamin E, and products that offer pore reduction.
Moisture is important to prevent the first signs of aging. As the skin ages, it tends to lose moisture in the skin. High-end moisturizers help get the moisture back into the skin.
No matter the moisturizer you choose, apply to the skin in a gentle manner, and leave it on for a few hours. Next, evaluate how it feels on the skin. Does your skin feel tight or supple? If supple, then you know you've found the right one. The good news is that there are plenty of moisturizers out there at the local drugstore that quench your skin's thirst.
Don't Forget the Eyes
You should also invest in a good eye cream. There are many different types available on the market, and they cover everything from fighting the first signs of fine lines to dealing with dark circles to coping with bags. Again, creams are available at a wide range of prices, so all consumers should be able to find one that works best for them.