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Maybe you just have naturally thin skin, or you've noticed that your skin is starting to thin over time as you age. Typically this is the result of a breakdown of collagen and fibers in the skin over time. It's not necessarily dangerous and in most cases it's more a matter of appearance and self-confidence. If you want thicker, healthier looking skin you must start including important steps in your daily skin care routine.
Use a gentle facial cleanser. No matter what your skin type and even if you're a fresh-faced gal who rarely wears makeup, you still need to wash your face on a regular basis. Some cleansers are gentle and others are so abrasive you may as well be using them for floor cleaner. A light, cream-based cleanser works best. Look for one specifically formulated for your skin type: dry, oily or normal/combination.
Moisturize after washing your face. Focus on applying the most product around the thinnest areas on your face, but lightly coat it all to ensure your skin's kept hydrated. For the best results, use your moisturizer on damp skin, as this allows your skin to retain the extra water.
Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 on your skin before going outside. Even if it doesn't look like a tan-all-day sort of day, the UV rays of the sun are still damaging and sunscreen helps prevent this damage.
Drink plenty of water, at least six glasses a day, and eat a healthy diet. There are more than enough reasons for why you need to stay hydrated and eat healthily, and thinning skin is one of them. Your skin thrives off water and you need to replenish your skin from the inside out to fight thinning skin and other signs of aging.
When it comes to matters of the skin, a dermatologist is one of the best people to talk to. She can look up close at your skin and perform tests to determine whether any potentially serious health conditions are at play. Linked skin conditions include everything from liver and heart disease to blood vessel diseases like arteriosclerosis.
Unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol drinking can contribute to a breakdown of skin cells, resulting in thinner skin.