It is a fact that we all age, but there are many things we can do so that we don’t look like we are aging. Signs of aging include fine lines, wrinkles, redness, broken capillaries, and uneven color. In this post we discuss what can be done to reduce and prevent the appearance of signs of aging.
Protecting the Skin
The single most important thing a person can do to prevent signs of aging is to protect herself from sun damage. The sun damages the skin in many ways. Sun exposure leads to fine lines, wrinkles, leathery skin, broken capillaries, sun spots, uneven color, and skin cancer. The skin can be protected from the sun in many ways. First, the skin on the body can be easily protected with clothing. On the face and other areas that are exposed, Dr. Alex recommends applying sunscreen daily. The sunscreen should be at least SPF 30 with broad spectrum (or UVA and UVB) protection. Sunscreen should be re-applied every one to two hours if outdoors for prolonged periods. Remember that when driving in the car you are exposed to sun through the windows and windshield. Other things to do include wearing a broad-brimmed hat, staying in the shade, and avoiding peak sunlight hours in the middle of the day. In addition to sunscreen, it is also important to keep the face clean and apply moisturizer twice daily to retain the water in the skin necessary for all of the skin’s important functions. Mature skin tends to be drier and heavier moisturizers work better.
Exfoliation of the skin removes the dead skin cell from the surface. With age, the skin cell growth cycle slows down, which leads to the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface. Exfoliation will remove this layer, which leads to smooth, bright, and glowing skin. Exfoliation can be done with scrubs, Clarisonic or other brushes, daily application of glycolic or salicylic acid, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing.
Laser treatments can help address a number of concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, uneven color, redness, and broken capillaries. Such treatments can be started at any age and are tailored for the individual.
Botox and Fillers
Botox and fillers are injectable treatments that can help slow down signs of aging. By relaxing muscles, Botox addresses wrinkles associated with facial expressions such as frown lines and crow’s feet. Fillers work to restore lost volume in various areas such as the temples, cheeks, tear troughs, laugh lines, lips, and chin. By using small amounts of products a natural appearance can be achieved.