April 15th, a day most of us dread, comes every year; it’s no surprise. It should also not be a surprise that one-third of individual tax returns are filed within two weeks of the deadline. Are you one of these procrastinators?

Unfortunately, time is more unforgiving than the Internal Revenue Service. In the spirit of Tax Day (and the procrastinator in all of us), let’s examine why you shouldn’t put off taking care of your skin.

How can I be proactive with my skin?

First, and truly most important, by protecting yourself from the sun. UV damage is the biggest contributor to premature aging. A close second is staying hydrated. Water flushes the body of toxins and allows for optimal cell health, creating an environment that combats inflammation and resists disease. The added benefit is healthier, hydrated skin. Another cornerstone to combat skin aging is a quality skincare regimen. Products containing retinoids (vitamin A), peptides, growth factors and antioxidants can all help, but it’s equally important to select products free of contaminants and potentially harmful ingredients.

What happens to my skin as I age?

Aging skin loses collagen at the rate of about one percent each year. After age fifty, the amount of moisture in skin begins to decline and wrinkles become more pronounced. Skin cell turnover slows and with it the ability to repair damaged tissue diminishes.

How can I help my skin?

The obvious solution is to prevent or slow the depletion of collagen in the first place. While the aging process can’t be stopped, it is possible to make a significant impact on how the process takes effect. Just as a healthy diet and exercise influence the body’s ability to cope with aging, a quality skincare regimen can mean the difference between aging gracefully and aging painfully (visually speaking that is).

You can file an extension with the IRS, but ExPürtise doesn’t recommend procrastinating when it comes to your skin. Remember, once the damage is done it only becomes more difficult to undo.


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