Health & Beauty
The ABCs of Anti-Aging
Everything you need to know about fighting wrinkles, saggy skin, dark spots and other signs of aging
Exfoliating is a crucial step in your anti-aging skin care routine. Dr. Lancer recommends exfoliating with a mechanical or chemical exfoliant once per week at night, then exfoliating more frequently as you learn what your skin can tolerate. (Exfoliate less often if you have sensitive skin or rosacea.) "Chemical exfoliants are topical agents that can contain citric, glycolic or lactic acids," he explains. "Mechanical agents use some sort of grain or bead." But be cautious when using those scrubby exfoliants. Irregular or jagged particles, such as walnuts or apricot pits, can tear the skin.
"Moderate exercise, such as Pilates, yoga and stretching, is crucial to skin health," says Dr. Lancer. "It increases circulation, oxygenating the skin and organs and helps to flush toxins out of the skin through our sweat." You can even do facial yoga! See six face yoga poses.
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