If you want to minimize or avoid wrinkles, dark spots, sagging, and volume loss (and also avoid spending thousands of dollars on painful corrective treatments and procedures) then start a skincare routine sooner rather than later.
Although investing in a quality skincare routine is spendy upfront, by making a few smart choices, your health, complexion and your bank account will be set up for success in the long run.
As we learn more about aging and skin health, most of the damage we acquire on a daily basis can be prevented through effective topicals and lifestyle changes.
Why Is Skin Important?
From a practical stand point, skin is our largest organ, acts as a waterproof, insulating shield that protects us against external aggressors and damaging UV radiation, and senses our surroundings.
The importance of skin from an emotional and social understanding must also be considered. If you have ever suffered from acne, a physical injury, scars, wrinkles, or aging, you can easily understand how distressing it is to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. This can lead to emotional distress, psychological issues and even social isolation.
How Should I Care for My Skin?
Aging is synonymous with damage. UV exposure, pollution, smoke, dryness, stress, sugar, alcohol, inflammation are all examples of how we accumulate damage daily. These factors create a breakdown in our DNA, leading to weakened facial tissues which contributes to fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss, pigmentation, skin cancer, and other skin abnormalities.
Luckily, there are key preventive skin care steps you can commit to at home that will slow down the aging process. Some key essentials to slow aging include:
- Cleansing twice daily
- Maintaining proper external hydration using quality moisturizers
- Applying enough sunscreen 365 days of the year (reapplying is a must)
- Using Vitamin A (retinol) and its derivatives daily to increase collagen, decrease fine lines, and increase cell turnover
- Use vitamin c to neutralize free radicals and increase collagen production
- Exfoliate weekly
- Avoiding inflammatory foods and alcohol
- Avoiding light exposure by wearing hats, upf clothing, and seeking shade
How Can I Prevent Aging Using Facial Treatments?
Most of us have not been lucky enough to stave off aging entirely, (not yet at least!) and have already acquired damage. Thankfully there is a wide array of treatment options that can help turn back the clock:
•Microneedling and PRP
• IPL & Laser resurfacing
• Chemical Exfoliation and Peels
• Radio Frequency and Radio Frequency Microneedling
Remember, always work with a professional and stick to the plan if you want to minimze and reverse aging. It’s never too early or too late to start, and it takes a lifelong commitment of choosing yourself again and again.