What Is The True Age Of Your Skin?

Do you look in the mirror and feel like you look older than you really are? Answer these 13 questions below to find out how much your sun habits and lifestyle have aged (or not aged) your skin.

How old are you?

(Add that number)

Do you have any permanent facial brown spots or broken blood vessels?

(If yes, add 2)

Do you have deep creases on your forehead or cheeks?

(If yes, add 5)

Are there noticeable lines around your eyes and/or lips?

(If yes, add 3)

Did you or do you still tan-indoors or outdoors at least twice a week?

(If yes with sunscreen, add 5) (If yes without sunscreen, add 10)

Has your face suffered at least three severe sunburns, complete with peeling?

(If yes, add 5)

Do you smoke?

(If yes, add 3)

Do you drink five or more beers, glasses of wine or cocktails a week?

(If yes, add 2)

Do you work out at least three times a week?

(If yes, subtract 1)

Do you munch on fruits and vegetables three or more times a day?

(If yes, subtract 1)

Do you use a broad spectrum SPF 30+ product each morning?

(If yes, subtract 4)

Do you use antioxidants as a part of your daily routine? (Vitamin C, etc.)

(If yes, subtract 2)

Do you use the prescription lotions tretinoin or hydroquinone?

(If yes to one, subtract 2, if both, subtract 5)

Add up your total score. This is your skin’s true age. How did you do? If you scored higher than your true age, don’t fret! With the proper medical skin care regime including antioxidants, Retin-A, hydroquinone and broad spectrum sunscreen, you can erase eight to 11 years off of the true age of your skin. If you scored lower than your true age, great job! If you’re not already using a daily antioxidant consider adding one into your regime to protecting your skin from future damage, prevent wrinkles, promote collagen production and produce brighter skin. Continue wearing sunscreen daily for UV protection. Talk to your medical skin care specialist if you have any questions or want more information on the right medical skin care plan for you. It’s never too late for healthy skin!

Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.

Do you have a question for Jennifer, about this article or another cosmetic skin care issue? Please call Vein Institute & Medical Spa at 574-267-1900 to have your questions answered and considered for future columns. Questions can also be submitted online at www.veinmedicalspa.com.

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