Life sure can be tough on skin. Not getting enough sleep gives you dark circles. A poor diet can lead to breakouts. And then there’s the sun, a source of light, warmth and … sagging skin.

Isn’t aging bad enough without having to deal with these issues? The good news is, there’s plenty of hope for those who wish they could get some youth back into their skin. According to an ABC 7 interview with plastic surgeon Craig Vander Kolk, all it takes is making a few lifestyle changes.

Perhaps Popeye made spinach his nutritional go-to for good reasons. The deep green vegetable is chock full of lutein, which can boost skin elasticity by 38 percent, the news source reports.

While regularly washing your face helps keep it clear, not overdoing it is important because this can strip the skin of its natural oils.

As for sun damage, there’s no need to live the life of a vampire if you make sure to slather on a protective sunscreen.

In the end, it might be a good idea to talk to a qualified professional who can discuss safe, minimally invasive ways to revitalize damaged skin, such as Fraxel laser treatment.

Your skin will thank you for it.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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