Aging is inevitable. The goal should be to look and feel as good as possible regardless of what birthday you’ll celebrate next. I’ve always looked forward to getting older (and wiser hopefully) but I don’t necessarily welcome the extra aches and pains or the “smile” lines I’m noticing around my eyes and mouth. So what can we do to minimize the signs of age that we see in the mirror or feel every morning when we get out of bed? Many of us will sit back and just let it happen. Others will take action! The visible signs of age show up mainly on our skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and we do in fact take it for granted much of the time. The damage that we do physically to our skin can cause it to age prematurely. This type of aging due to external forces is called extrinsic aging. This includes, but is not limited to, good ole Mr. Sunshine and all those years we spent basking in its rays as teenagers. Take a look at this great article from the American Academy of Dermatology. It recognizes right off the bat that a large part of HOW & WHY our skin ages is genetic. They call this type of aging intrinsic aging. The article lists 11 ways you can REDUCE premature skin aging. Be sure to note that a few of the items on the list will ALSO help with those morning aches and pains. Treat your skin like the rock star it is. Protect it! Pamper it! Give it the love you deserve! Don't take this whole aging thing lying down. Break out the sunscreen, commit to eating healthier and take the stairs more often. We are all going to age. Let’s just do everything we can to look and feel our best while we do it! Until next time, stay beautiful!