Are you showing your age?

It's not just your face that can show your age. Make sure you pay attention to your neck, shoulders and hands. These areas are frequently exposed to the sun, wind, changing temperatures and pollution, so they need to be moisturized and protected, especially from the sun's harmful UV rays, just like your face.

To restore adequate hydration to aging skin and minimize the visible signs, look for combination products with sunscreen, vitamins or natural ingredients for an extra boost of protection. Apply an emollient-rich formulation in the morning and again at night.

Are you starting to see age spots?

You can help to prevent age spots by regularly using sunscreens before the age of 40, avoiding prolonged sun exposure, and wearing protective clothing and hats. Putting these recommendations into practice will also help to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, wrinkles and other sun-related skin changes.

The routine use of cosmetic products containing an exfoliating ingredient can help to lighten freckles and age spots by removing the superficial layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresher-looking skin. A convenient way to incorporate an exfoliant into your daily skin care routine is to find one that's included in a moisturizer.

You may also want to look for a formulation that includes niacinamide, which plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin. Niacinamide is a B-complex vitamin that can improve the skin's barrier function and help to lighten areas of the skin that have darker pigmentation.

Can you spot rough scaly patches?

If you're fair-skinned and over 50, you have an increased chance of developing actinic keratosis - rough scaly patches that are commonly found on sun-exposed skin.

See your doctor for a confirmed diagnosis and about treatment options, since these slow-growing lesions can develop into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).

Incorporating the use of a sunscreen into your daily skin care regimen and wearing protective clothing and accessories can limit the amount of UV damage to your skin.

Got blotchy skin?

Uneven skin tone is a common problem affecting everyone regardless of your skin color. Differences in skin tone can be seen on the face or body and can be easily concealed with makeup.

This skin condition can be quite distressing for those whose color differences are more dramatic. The variations in skin tones are mostly caused by the effects of sun, as well as from dryness or irritations accumulated over time.

As you age, your skin will reflect the care that you've given it, so use adequate amounts of sun protection and moisturize regularly - the earlier you start, the better! Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals can also help your skin to repair itself.

Broken blood vessels on your face?

Broken blood vessels, known as telangiectasias, are small diameter, linear blood vessels that occur on the surface of the skin. As we age, these small dilated blood vessels commonly form on the cheeks, around the nose and chin. Heredity, sun-damage, aging and alcohol use are some of the contributing factors. Also, people with rosacea frequently develop telangiectasia.

It is important to note as well that telangiectasia is associated with other diseases, so it is important to provide your doctor with an accurate family/medical history. These blood vessels are considered to be abnormal and do not serve any essential function, so removing them can give an improved cosmetic appearance.

Depending on the location of the blood vessels, and if a dermatologist determines that you are a suitable candidate, pulsed-dye lasers and pulsed green lasers are often used to treat this condition. Multiple treatments may be required. If appropriate for your skin type, use of a self-tanning product may help to reduce the appearance of these small superficial blood vessels.

Don't forget your hands!

We often spend a lot of time (and money) trying to make our faces look their best, but our hands are also important.

Your hands will clearly reflect the care that you've given them. Notice that the back of your hands tend to be softer, thinner and more prone to early wrinkling, whereas your palms are thicker and rougher, especially if you expose them constantly to environmental elements, detergents or harsh agents.

Also, the palms do not have oil glands to provide natural lubrication. By using a hand cream or lotion repeatedly everyday, your hands will feel smoother and the appearance of small dry lines can be minimized.