Expert Advice For Younger-Looking Skin
Grow old gracefully with some helpful advice from top dermatology experts.
We don't have to accept every little age spot and wrinkle because many anti-aging tips really do work, says Debra Jaliman, MD and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets of a Top New York Dermatologist. If you're ready to take on Mother Nature, then let these top medical experts help you start your anti-aging skin regimen today.
The earlier you begin caring for your skin, the better. "Prevention is important," says Houtan Chaboki, MD, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with George Washington Medical Faculty Associates Department of Surgery in Washington, DC. "Start a skincare program with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon when you're younger to help reduce the signs of aging when you're much older."
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Never forget the sunscreen
Sunscreen is essential. "Apply it daily," advises Dr. Chaboki, "even on cloudy days."
Use SPF 30 or above, says Dr. Jaliman, who prefers "zinc oxide, as it is broad-spectrum and anti-inflammatory." Sun protection factors of 70, 80 and even 90, however, aren't necessary. Modest UV exposure promotes the production of vitamin D.
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use good skincare products
For years now, retinol has been (and still is) the anti-aging buzzword. Retinol (retinoid) is a derivative of vitamin A that promotes an increase of collagen and elastic production. Retinol is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Peptides are amino acids enhanced with a fatty component. Effective peptides can stimulate collagen production and cell repair to lead to healthier looking skin.
Vitamins C is an antioxidant that helps our skin neutralize free radicals. Topical vitamin C improves smoothness and tone. Vitamin E helps protect the skin from UV exposure and the damage that accompanies it.
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We're a culture of immediate gratification, but it's important to note that some things take time. "Most dermatology products take several weeks or months to demonstrate skin improvement," says Dr. Chaboki. Trying different products for only a few days or a couple of weeks doesn't give the product an ample chance to work.
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Live a good life
"Lifestyle choices have more impact on skin quality than any treatment the dermatologist or plastic surgeon can provide," says Dr. Chaboki. "Stop smoking, drink plenty of fluids, restrict sun exposure, get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet with vegetables and start a skincare program with your skin specialist."
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