As we age, genetic and environmental factors -- such as sun exposure or smoking -- can begin to take a toll on the skin. When the appearance of laugh lines, crow's feet and sun spots create little to smile about, people often seek out cosmetic procedures to help turn back the hands of time. Here are some skin care tips to help you keep your skin looking healthy: -- Use Soap on Select Areas of the Body to Avoid Dryness -- As you get older, the use of soap on the rest of your body can unnecessarily dry your skin. Unless you have really oily skin you really only need to use soap on your face, under your arms, and in the groin area. Pure water does the job on all the other areas of your skin to get you clean. -- Don't Smoke! It Causes Wrinkles -- More and more young people are smoking and doing so to relieve stress, but it's bad for your skin and causes wrinkles. Deep-set wrinkles will appear around your mouth from puckering, your skin will be dehydrated and dull, and you may experience premature aging. So if you smoke, quit and if you don't smoke don't start! -- Wear Sunscreen! It Prevents Wrinkles -- Use sunscreen every day, preferably one with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Today, many skin care products contain sunscreen and are multifunctional, which allows you to get many skin benefits from one application. This saves time and money. For example, to protect and maintain healthy skin, use a daily facial moisturizer containing sunscreen. You also can find body lotions that contain sunscreen. These products can help hydrate and protect your skin, especially areas of your body that are sun-exposed throughout the day -- like your hands. -- Your Skin Reflects What You Eat -- What you apply to your skin helps give it a healthy, radiant glow, but remember what you put into your body is just as important. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can make a real difference in the appearance of your skin. -- Do As Little As Possible to Your Hair -- When it comes to hair care, less is more. Using unnecessary products or subjecting the hair to repeated procedures -- such as perms, coloring, waving or straightening -- can damage the hair and lead to breakage. Although women use these things to improve the cosmetic appearance of their hair, in the long run they will inevitably cause the hair to lose some of its natural luster and look unhealthy. To learn more about good skin care, visit Miami Cosmetic Derm.