The Secrets for Younger Looking Skin
1. Sun Protection
More than anything else, sun protection will help to prevent the AGING of your skin, The sun is largely responsible for wrinkling, blotchy pigmentation (Lentigines, also called "liver spots"), thinning of the skin, broken blood vessels (telangectasias), dryness, texture changes, uneven color and some sun related skin diseases that make the skin look older. Daily use of sunscreen products BEAUTY CLASSICS High Quality Pharmacist Formulary Clear Skin Sunscreen Products SunSkinPlex™ OR the Sunscreen Fortified daily moisturizers DRY SKIN CREAM™ and DRY SKIN FLUID™ with at least an SPF of 15 along with protective clothing such as full-brimmed hats, long sleeved blouses and shirts, and slacks instead of shorts will greatly reduce the aging of the skin and the possibility of skin cancer. Sunglasses will also protect the eyelids from aging and will help reduce CROW’S feet by reducing the squinting which comes from sun exposure without eye protection.
Melasma has been considered to arise from pregnancy, oral contraceptives, endocrine dysfunction, genetic factors, medications, nutitional deficiency, hepatic dysfunction, and other factors. The majority of cases appear related to pregancy or oral contraceptives. The infrequency of melasma in postmenopausal women on estrogen replacement suggests that estrogen alone is not the cause. In more recent experience, combination treatment using estrogen plus progestational agents is being used in postmenopausal women, and melasma is being observed in some of these older women who did not have melasma during their pregnancies. Sun exposure would appear to be a stimulating factor in predisposed individuals. Although a few cases within families have been described, melasma should not be considered a heritable disorder.
With age, extra weight can accumulate in areas under the chin, the neck or cheeks, giving the skin an older look. Other areas of skin such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and calves look older if they are carrying excess fat. A combination of balanced nutrition and exercise can greatly improve the appearance of the skin. Drinking enough water is also important. Improved muscle tone and improved circulation also help to keep that younger looking skin we would all like to maintain. Some excess fat can be removed by liposuction; however, it is much better not to accumulate that excess weight in the first place.
Your face tends to conform to the position or expression that you carry most of the time. If you often frown or scowl you skin is more likely to develop lines or wrinkles between the eyes, down turning lines at the corners of the mouth, or other lines or furrows that conform to the frowning facial expression. a smiling, pleasant, relaxed expression is good for your face and will help keep you lookin younger.
5. Sleeping Positions
Sleeping on your face can cause sleep wrinkles. Sleeping in the same position most of the night for years can permanently crease your skin. With a small pillow under the lumbar (lower) spine, it is possible to sleep on your back comfortably without causing wrinkles on your face.
6. Skin Care
Consistent skin care is important in maintaining younger looking skin. In recent years, several products appear to cause an improvement in aged skin. Although Retin-A® has recieved a lot of publicity and does seem to improve the appearance of skin over a period of time, it can cause skin irritation, sun sensitivity, peeling, and requires a medical prescription. Alpha hydroxy acids, DURALAC™, also appear to achieve remarkable results in giving the skin a younger look and lacks most of the irritating side effects seen with prescription products.
As young children, most people have few, if any moles. Most moles appear as we grow older. we may look older than we are if we have numerous or unsightly moles, especially on the face. Moles can be easily removed by a skilled dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This can greatly improve the appearnce of the skin and give it a younger, smoother look.
8. Blood Vessels
As we age, extra blood vessels appear on the skin. Three types of blood vessels are most common.
- Telangectasias are blood vessel lines and blotches that occur on the face, neck, and upper chest. These are caused from sun damage, flushing or blushing, some skin diseases such as adult acne (acne rosecea) and excessive use of cortisone-type skin creams. Other activities which greatly increase the blood flow to the face such as vigorous exercise, hot spicy foods and drinks, alcohol, hottubs, etc. may aggravate this problem. It may be possible to prevent telangectasias due to flushing by using a cold damp towel on the face during vigorous exercise, during use of hot tubs or at other times when there is marked facial flushing. Sun protection with sunscreen products and a hat can also help to prevent this problem. Telangectasias are best removed with Krypton, KTP, copper vapor, continuous wave dye, or flash lamp pulsed dye lasers.
- Cherry angiomas are small bright red, mole-like spots on the skin. These spots are easily removed with laser, electrocautery, or surgery. Getting rid of these lesions will remove one of the tell-tale signs of aging.
- Spider and varicose veins appear on the legs with age. These are most often caused by heredity, hormones, and pregnancies. Sclerotherapy (injections) and new simple surgical techniques can easily remove most of these vessels giving the legs a younger look.
9. Brown Blotches
Brown blotches occur on the skin with age. These include freckles, liver spots (lentigines), and uneven pigmentation (melasma) which usually occurs in women because of a combination of sun exposure and estrogen type hormones either naturally or in birth control pills. The BEAUTY CLASSICS® Skin Lighteneing Cream CLEAR SKIN ESSENCE™ and prescription medications can both help. Laser treatment, dermabrasion (skin sanding), chemical peels, and liquid nitrogen freezing can also improve these pigmented blotches. These procedures are performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
10. Other Skin Blemishes Show Your Age
Waxy scaling yellow, brown bumps (seborrheic keratoses) and fleshy tags (skin tags) occur with age and make the skin look older. Enlarged oil glands and small cysts commonly appear on the face with age. These small skin lesions are easily removed by a dermatologist using simple office surgical procedures, liquid nitrogen freezing or lasers. A clear complexion without all of these little distractions, gives a much younger look to the skin.
11. Wrinkles and Lines
Wrinkles and lines that appear gradually are caused by sun damage, gravity, and repeated folding of the skin, as well as by many other genetic and environmental factors. Protection from the sun can greatly reduce the wrinkling process. Use of BEAUTY CLASSICS® products with alpha hydroxy acids DURALAC™ can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within a matter of weeks.
Chemicalpeels can be performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. These peels are usually divided into light, medium, and deep peels. Light peel can help fine lines and wrinkles and improve the texture and smoothness of the skin. these can usually be done without missing work. Medium peels can remove fine and some medium depth wrinkles and lines. Usually a 7 to 10 day recovery period is necessary after a medium peel. Scarring, although rare, can occur from medium depth peels. Deep peels are quite effective in deeper wrinknles such as thise that appear over the upper lip called lipstick lines. These peel have a higher risk of scarring and usually require two weeks for recovery. (NuCelle® can also be used before and after chemical peels.) Laser resurfacing is also very effective at removing wrinkles, and if used by skilled hands, have a lower risk of scarring, and can achieve more even results.
For moreinformation on laser procedures visit Dr. Mark B. Taylor's site atwww.lasaway.com. Dr Mark Taylor is a world renowned cosmetic laser surgeon, and one of the pioneers in his field. Also available are injectable substances such as collagen and Restalyn®. These are fillers that help plump up certain deeper wrinkles and scars. Botox® is an injectable that will help relax certain muscles and prevent them from wrinkling. This is particularly effective for the scowling lines. However, these treatments are only temporary, lasting usually 6 to 12 months after each treatment.
Preserving youthful skin is easier than trying to repair skin that has been abused for decades. The BEAUTY CLASSICS® Skin Care Systems are an elegant way to restore and maintain that younger look, gently and naturally over many years.