by Felicia Russell e-mail feedback
MIAMI, FL (KAIT) - If you're young, that doesn't mean you should ignore taking good care of your skin.
Karen Johnson may only be 31 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."
Growing up in Miami, Karen was exposed to sun constantly. She was 12 when her mom started her on a daily skin care regimine, 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. Both of those things set you up to have bad collagen and bad collagen is gonna wrinkle a lot faster than good collagen," Forney says.
In your 30s, 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 40s, you may really be able to see some crinkles and that's when people start thinking about trying to be on retin-a. We encourage them to use antioxidants also on their skin and there are wound-healing factors these days, which really help to overcome some of the previous damage," Forney says.
And overcoming damage can help you to have radiant glowing skin as you age.