Body betrayal: the 7 parts of you that show your age first

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Body betrayal: the 7 parts of you that show your age first

1. Hair

Not only does our hair turn grey as we age, but after years of sun exposure, color, straightening or curling it, the texture suffers greatly.  

The fix: Getting regular treatments to condition and strengthen your hair is key to maintaining soft tresses.  Avoid wiry hair by treating and protecting it, especially if you color or use heat on your hair on a regular basis.

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2. Hands

Our hands are one of the places that betray our age quickest.  They are pretty much always exposed to the sun, even in colder climates when your arms are covered with long sleeves.  Women often see age spots much earlier than they expected to.

The fix: When you're putting sunscreen on your body, always remember the backs of your hands.  Better yet, when you're putting fancy face creams on, put a dollop onto the backs of your hands as well.  The skin on your hands is thinner than most of your body, so keeping it moisturized is key to youthful skin.

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3. Knees

As we've explained before, knees are a part of our bodies that more and more women seek cosmetic surgery to fix. As you age, the skin on your knees loses its elasticity causing a saggy appearance, and small fat deposits may form making your knees look lumpy.  

The fix: Try doing workouts that support knee strength, like lunges and squats, and of course be sure to apply sunscreen. You can also try firming creams like Murad's Body Firming Cream to tighten problem areas.

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4. Neck

Ah, the neck.  Another body part with thin skin, the neck is very sensitive to UV rays, pulling, stretching, and wrinkles.  It shows your age quickly because the skin can become saggy and wrinkled.

The fix: Whenever you're using creams, masks, treatments... literally anything to moisturize and treat the skin of your face, use it on your neck as well.  We promise, you won't regret it!

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5. Feet

Often neglected, feet deal with a lot.  They carry you around, brave the hot sand at the beach, and get crammed into all kinds of shoes.  Besides their constant exposure to the elements, when you wear sandals all summer feet can get cracked and dry.

The fix: Get pedicures! Seriously -- take good care of your feet, make sure they stay moisturized and protected from the sun's rays.

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6. Cleavage

Yep, seriously.  The last thing you want is wrinkles and sunspots on your chest! Our cleavage is another thing that's often -- ahem -- exposed, and it sees a lot of sun.  

The fix: Even when it's chilly or cloudy, be sure you're putting SPF on your chest if you'll be stepping out into the sun. It's great to be able to cover and protect your skin with scarves or turtlenecks in the winter, but in summer, that just won't fly!

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7. Elbows

Our elbows do a lot -- you rest on them, open doors with them, and probably bend them hundreds of times a day.  So with skin that's already loose to move freely with you, it's bound to sag over time.

The fix: Honestly, there's not much that'll prevent your elbows from naturally sagging a bit, but be sure to keep them moisturized, always. It'll help keep them looking young!

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We are a well-educated society, there's no question about it. With the wealth of information on the internet, you'd think that we who are health- and skincare-conscious would be experts at taking care of our skin.

Here's the problem, though. Majority of the information out there is about how to take care of parts of your skin. Sure -- everyone emphasizes the use of moisturizers and sunscreen all over your body -- but the emphasis when it comes to skincare regimens and keeping a youthful glow is mostly focused on our faces. What you might not realize until you hit your 40's, 50's and beyond, is that it's important to pay special attention to other parts of you as well, the parts that are quickest to show your age. Because don't we all want our gorgeous, how-does-she-do-it youthful skin to be all over, not just on our faces?

Above, you'll find the 7 parts of your body that are the worst betrayers of age: the 7 places that it's important to focus on skincare for your entire life so that you can keep telling everyone that it's your 35th birthday -- over, and over, and over again.

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