Address these lifestyle factors to feel your best inside and out.

Look and feel your best by addressing these lifestyle factors

It's no secret that women (and men) often feel self-conscious about the physical signs of aging, and that this insecurity can influence many aspects of their lives. Why else would we resort to so many anti-aging creams and cleansers that promise rejuvenating and restorative results? Unfortunately, though, in a bid to retain their youthful appearance, far too many consumers inadvertently put themselves at risk by stocking up on products riddled with parabens and other potentially toxic ingredients that may ultimately do more harm than good.

With that in mind – if you are concerned about sagging skin, wrinkles and other signs of aging – take a moment to evaluate aspects of your life that may be accelerating these developments before you resort to harsh chemical treatments. Recently, for instance, licensed dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler discussed how three elements you could be exposed to every day may be influencing how you age.

According to Dr. Wechsler, sun exposure, smoking and stress can all put the aging process into overdrive, so any skincare regimen should include measures to manage them. In that respect, cutting down on the cigarettes and incorporating a few yoga sessions into your regular routine could be a boon for your appearance and your general well-being.

"The goal is to just feel and look as healthy as possible," Dr. Wechsler told The Huffington Post.

Taking care of your skin (and yourself) isn't about concealing your age or feeling ashamed of it. Instead, this process has more to do with valuing yourself and nourishing your body. In doing so, you may feel a new wave of confidence in many areas of your life – including your sexual heath. So take some time to evaluate your lifestyle and reap the benefits of a healthy, toxin-free existence.

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