5 Skincare Tips for Women of All Ages

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What's the secret to healthy, younger-looking skin? We spoke to dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and skin experts who told us there's no magic pill or secret mask. However, there are lots of simple ways to keep your skin in its best condition no matter what your age.

Here are the experts' top five tips to keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful.

Goodbye, Sun!

"Avoiding excess exposure is the song I sing every day," says Dr. Amiya Prasad, a New York cosmetic surgeon and the author of "The Fine Art of Looking Younger."

"The advice I'd give first is to be very smart about using sun block, even on the days when it's not sunny," he said.

Protecting yourself from the sun is not just about avoiding skin cancer. Wearing sunblock and avoiding tanning beds will also improve the look of your skin down the road.

"One of the things I've observed in women in their 20s and 30s is that a lot of women have developed fine lines and wrinkles that are disproportionate to their age," says Dr. Prasad. "The main reason for that is sun exposure."

"The lighter your skin, the more susceptible you are the effects of UVA and UVB light."

That's not to say that women shouldn't step out of their houses for fear of premature wrinkles or leathery skin.

"Enjoy life," says Dr. Ellen Marmur, chief, dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and author of "Simple Skin Beauty."

"Go running outside, but don't lie out [in the sun], and never step into a tanning salon."

Know Your Skin

Each person's skin has its own natural tendencies, and doctors say it's important to recognize early on what those are. However, figuring out just what type of skin you have can be a challenge in itself.

"It's harder than most people realize to know what your skin type is," says Dr. Emily Moosbrugger, clinical instructor in dermatology at the University of Cincinnati. "A lot of people have combination skin, where you have dry patches in some areas and oily patches in other areas."

The weather can also play a big role in how your skin behaves during certain times of the year.

"People tend to have a skin type that changes as the seasons change," says Dr. Moosbrugger. "You're dry in winter, oily in summer. It's most important to tailor your therapies as the seasons change or as your personal skin type changes."

So, once you've figured out whether your skin has too much or too little moisture, what can you do about it?

Dr. Prasad suggests that for oily skin, toners may have some benefit.

"There is some role in using toners to help even out the areas that are oily and to make your skin look more uniform," he says.

Dry skin, on the other hand, which tends to strike during the colder months, can be tempered by applying moisturizer two times a day. Additionally, Dr. Marmur suggests that if your skin starts to feel dry, stop using chemicals for a few weeks to allow your skin to return to its natural balance.

Don't Overdo It

When asked about the most common mistake most women make in caring for their skin, Dr. Marmur pointed to something simple and preventable.

"Over-washing and over-applying," she said. "[Women] overdo things. It's almost like they're in a chemistry lab and concocting new things."

Although most women have the best intentions for their skin, trying to do too much good can sometimes be a bad thing.

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