Different people show signs of aging in their skin in different ways and sometimes for very different reasons. The most common causes of skin aging include sun exposure, stress, genetics, tobacco use and improper diet. When these factors are combined with the collagen loss caused by natural aging processes it can leave you with skin that looks much older than you feel.
For most people advanced skin aging has a combination of causes. Effective prevention of continued skin aging or restoring your youthful appearance, often requires a multi-faceted approach.
One of the earliest steps to help reduce the impact of skin aging is to use an anti-aging skin cream. This helps to improve the luster of the top layer of the skin. These creams are often used in conjunction with an exfoliation cream or microdermabrasion procedure.
Sun exposure is also a major cause of skin aging. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for any significant period of time, be sure to wear an appropriate sunblock for your complexion. This also includes applying a lip balm that has been fortified to provide SPF protection.
Bad habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption can also have a negative impact on your skin. This is usually related in some way to the negative impact it has on the immune system. There are also several chemical aspects of alcohol and nicotine that can affect subcutaneous fat layers deep in the skin. The net effect of this leads to accelerated skin aging. Try to drink in moderation and talk to your primary physician about a smoking cessation program.
A balanced diet provides the skin with the nutrients and materials it needs to look it’s best. A balanced diet rich in antioxidant foods and vitamins A, C and E, as well as fish oil will help keep your skin looking healthy and young.
If you would like to investigate some non-invasive treatment options, please feel free to call us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you have the youthful appearance you desire!