We all hope to retain and maintain a youthful appearance as we age. As time takes its gradual toll on our bodies, our hair, and our skin, facing facts and creating a plan for combating or at least slowing the aging process becomes more important with each passing day.
Rather than buying product after product, looking for a magic potion that will slow down Father Time and his march across your face, it is important to see a professional determine what your unique skin situation is, and what challenges will be present as you age. Knowing what type of aging you will be predisposed to be key to making sure that you can effectively treat your skin keep it looking its best, no matter how old you are.
See A Dermatologist
A dermatologist is a skincare specialist. They are trained to asses your skin and determine its unique needs. They are able to provide expert advice on how to best protect and preserve your skin from environmental damage. Expect your dermatologist to make recommendations that are unique to your situation, ones that will address your skin and its challenges. Depending on your age, environment, and circumstances, your dermatologist may prescribe the following anti-aging protocol:
Choose a cleanser that is gentle on skin, yet effective at removing excess dirt, oil, and grease that can clog pores. Products that contain alpha hydroxy acid can slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores, and even clear up stubborn acne that can mar an otherwise clean complexion. Exfoliating keeps fresh skin at the surface by removing dead skin cells that can clog up and dull your complexion; find products that work for you consistently, and realize that as your skin ages, your skin care needs will change.
Loss of moisture can begin as early as your mid-thirties, and collagen production is also known to decrease as we get older as well. Collagen is responsible for filling in those fine lines and wrinkles that tend to accumulate around our eyes, chin, and mouth. Boosting your skin with hydrating moisture will give your skin some much-needed nourishment, and it will plump up those areas that need extra hydration to keep wrinkles at bay.
3. Consider getting assistance when running away from Father Time
If you are not satisfied with the results of your own skin care regime at home perhaps it’s time to try some alternatives that your dermatologist may recommend.
Botox involves a series of inter-muscular injections that cause the muscles in your face to relax. Botox will reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles in areas that are prone to premature aging. While not without its side effects, Botox does have desirable results, and they can last for up to six months before additional injections are needed.
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure which carefully removes the top layer of skin, revealing a fresh complexion underneath. This procedure is known to soften lines and wrinkles as well as minimize the appearance of scars and age spots that may be present.
A chemical peel is similar to microdermabrasion, where the top layer of skin is removed by placing an acid on the outer layer of skin to remove it, revealing the layers beneath. Skin peels can take years off your complexion, and they are an excellent anti-aging alternative for those that have sun damage or skin discolouration.
This innovative skin treatment combines cool CO2 with hydrofluoric acid and applies it directly to areas of the face and skin that are prone to aging. Eyes, lips, cheeks, and forehead receive an almost instant makeover, and it is typical to see an improvement of ten years off of the face in just ten minutes. This is rapidly becoming the method of choice for people choosing to turn back the clock.
While you can’t completely turn back the hands of time, you can greatly reduce the effects of aging by practising smart skin care at home and taking advantage of innovative technologies recommended by your dermatologist. Here’s to uncovering your best, youngest you!