After seeing pictures of Lindsay Lohan when she was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus rehab this past July, many people raised an eyebrow at her appearance. At just 24, she looked swollen, sallow, exhausted-older. Granted, the woman has had a hard couple of years. But even those without addictions and ankle bracelets are at risk too. Many of us are so busy obsessing over little lines that we ignore other signs of aging that can be prevented or repaired with a few easy adjustments. So what could be wreaking havoc on your face? Here's what to watch out for, along with no-brainer ways to turn back the clock.
And there are ways to deal with the damage you already have, too. â€œOnce youâ€™re in your thirties, everybody has some pigmentation that shows up from sun damage that happened before you were 18,â€ says Dr. Levine. â€œItâ€™s easy to add a toner to your daily routine. Look for lightening agents like kojic acid, arbutin, emblica or hydroquinone, which can even out your skin tone.â€ Using a dark-spot treatment will do the trick too. Hyperpigmentation also frequently occurs in dark-skinned people in response to inflammation or hormones. These lighteners will tackle those spots, which can darken from sun exposure, says Dr. Levine. Just donâ€™t forget to keep them in check with your daily dose of sunscreen.