They say that time marches on, and this is true even as it applies to our skin. Some of the primary concerns reported to plastic surgeons include fine lines and wrinkles and the loss of beautiful facial contours. These conditions develop over many years and due to several factors. When we realize what those are, we gain power against them.
Sun exposure. Ah! Sunshine! It feels so warm and inviting! And while we benefit greatly from the vitamin D that is stimulated by natural sunlight, our skin may not be so happy if we spend too much time exposed to ultraviolet rays. Research demonstrates a direct correlation between sun exposure and the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Every day we spend in the sun, we progress the breakdown of collagen fibers found beneath the skin. The cumulative damage that occurs over decades can leave us feeling dissatisfied due to loose, sagging skin.
Facial expressions. Of course we cannot expect to never smile fully, a La Kim Kardashian, in an attempt to ward off wrinkles. That being said, most of the early signs of aging show up around the eyes and the mouth. This is because the muscles around these features are those that we use most when we speak, smile, frown, and laugh.
Show your Skin Some Love
Especially when we are getting older, it pays to be mindful about how we treat our skin. The number one tip for avoiding premature aging is to protect the skin from UV damage. All you need to do is wear broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis. Under normal circumstances, it is typically sufficient to choose a moisturizer with SPF 30. However, on days when you plan to be out in the sun, full broad-spectrum sunscreen with water resistant qualities is best. Remember to reapply every few hours!
The number two Tip for pampering your skin is to choose products with the right ingredients for your unique needs. Aging skin benefits the most from products containing antioxidants such as pomegranate extract and green tea among others. Antioxidants fight free radicals that cause degradation and subcutaneous tissues. Other beneficial ingredients include alphahydroxy acid, which aid in the absorption of antioxidants and other ingredients.
Lastly, remember that you are never stuck in the skin you’re in. If you are in need of a lift, contact our office to explore your options for surgical and nonsurgical skin rejuvenation.