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Aging Gracefully by Caring for your Skin - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Aging takes a toll on our appearance. From our hair, to our skin, even our height can change as we get older. “We all know what aging looks like but we don’t think about what’s really happening and why is it happening,” said Dr. Cherrie Morris, an OB/GYN with Lee Health.While there’s no time machine to freeze your youth, there are natural things people can do to slow the aging process. “One of the things that we notice on somebody is their skin. It’s so important to prevent sun damage,” said Dr. Morris.That means keeping your skin covered or protected with sunscreen every time you’re outside. “Every day you have to wear sunscreen. You want to protect not just your face, but you want to protect your décolleté, and anything that’s sun exposed. If you’re outside a lot you want to think about your hands too,” said Dr. Morris.Other things to think about are sleep, exercise, and stress management. All can take a toll on your body if neglected. Doctors also encourage patients to stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet.“You want to think about your diet because diet is so important and eating the right foods. You want to think about hydration and exercise. It’s not just important to maintain your weight and take good cardiovascular care of yourself, but it also increases blood flow to all the parts in our body and to your skin and that’s super important,” said Dr. Morris.Good hygiene is also important to preserving your skin’s health and youth. “You want to take really good care of your skin. You want to exfoliate, condition, moisturize. You want to wear makeups and moisturizers that have SPFs in it,” said Dr. Morris.Aging is a natural process of life, but doctors say it can be done gracefully if you maintain your health.View More Health Matters video segments at Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.Visit