Bad Habits That May Be Aging Your Skin

Wrinkles seem to appear suddenly. One fine day, we look in the mirror to notice a new crease, folds or age spot on the skin that wasn’t there before. Wrinkles are a big part of the human predicament and they are bound to show up as time goes by. But many people develop wrinkles on sun-exposed areas like the face, neck, hands and forearms at a much younger age because of genetics, lifestyle habits and environmental factors. Read on to know what causes your facial skin to age and what you can do about it? While it is not possible to change the genetic factor, you can take positive steps to control the other beauty habits that can cause premature aging of facial skin to improve overall health and delay premature aging of your face. Not Wearing Sunscreen Sunlight is a vital source of vitamin D but over-exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) sunrays causes a breakdown of collagen and is one of the major causes of premature aging of your facial skin. Solar radiation accelerates the oxidation process making collagen fibers fragile and phenomenon is called solar elastosis. The solar radiation also increases the risk of skin lesions, including the life-threatening melanoma and too much sun exposure can also damages the sebaceous glands and cause dry skin. While it is important to expose your skin to early morning sunlight for a few minutes daily, you should avoid going out in the sun during peak hours between 10a.m. to 4 p.m. To prevent wrinkles and fine lines, always wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or above every day throughout the year. You can delay the appearance of age spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin by always wearing protective clothing, like hats, long-sleeved shirts and sunglasses. Smoking Too Much Smoking results in premature fine lines typically appearing in places where the skin is very thin, such as the sides of the eyes and above the upper lip. Smokers are known to develop these types of fine lines almost a decade before they appear among non-smokers. Moreover cigarette smoke has chemical compounds and toxins that affect the collagen and elastin in your skin. Smoking further restricts blood flow to the skin, thereby depriving your skin of much needed oxygen and nutrients to renew themselves. The vitamin C level in the blood of smokers is about 60% lower on average in comparison to that of non-smokers. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen fibers, and promotes youthful and healthy skin. If you can quit smoking, you can easily delay the appearance of wrinkles. Poor Dietary Choices Sugary treats increase the waistline and they cause the connective tissue of the skin to become rigid and lose its elasticity. When sugar molecules are broken down in the body, they create new molecules that are harmful to the collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles. Complete protein can help in the production of protein structures to promote the appearance of fresh skin, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. It is also important to have a diet rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, lutein, beta-carotene and more. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C and are also the main source of antioxidants. Soluble dietary antioxidants can reach the dermis to partially neutralize the oxidative damage from prolonged exposure to the sun. Fill your plate with rich colorful vegetables and fruits. Alcohol Consumption Alcohol causes damage to the skin texture and...

Understanding Anti-aging Skincare Routine and Products...

Aging well is at the top of everyone’s wish list. We all want to look younger and delay the signs of aging. There are skincare products lined up on shelves from serums, creams, cleansers, and antioxidants, with the promise to keep our skin looking radiant and glowing. Dermatologists know that a regular anti-aging skincare routine is a must from your late 20’s or early 30’s to protect your skin from the oncoming signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, spots, lesions and dullness. Once you are over fifty years of age, your skin clearly begins to show damage from the sun, pollutants in the environment, and unhealthy habits like smoking or excessive drinking. However, it is never too late to start on an anti aging skin care regimen to keep your skin healthy for the years to come.  The right way to counter signs of aging is being aware of what causes them and taking precautionary steps to defend your skin against their effects. Visible signs of aging can be seen on the skin from a combination of environmental factors, lifestyle choices, hormonal changes and genetics. Physiological aging happens from within as the epidermis layer thin and the skin loses its natural elasticity. Changes that brought about on the skin from without is known as photoaging. This is mainly from prolonged exposure to sunlight. The short wavelength ultraviolet radiation (UVB) can damage epidermis, while the longer wavelength ultraviolet radiation (UVA) is known to affect the dermis and infra-red radiation causes cell damage to the deeper dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The harmful rays of the sun penetrate the surface of the skin to change the cellular structure of the skin, causing it to prematurely age. Anti aging skin care products have to prevent and reverse these effects. With so many products available in the market to counter the signs of aging, the only way to know how they will affect you is to understand what’s in them. You can make a smarter choice by learning about the ingredients in the best anti aging skin care products. Ingredients in Anti Aging Skin Care Products Here are some common ingredients that effective anti aging skin care products usually contain – Peptides – help defend against the visible signs of aging by working at the cellular structure level Sunscreen – The best anti aging skin care step is to invest in some cream or lotion with adequate UV and UB ray protection with a minimum of SPF 30. It stops skin damage from the harmful rays of the sun, prevents wrinkles, reduces age spots and inflammation. Vitamin C –facilitates the production of collagen in your skin and tightens the skin, making it look less saggy. Vitamin C also is a natural anti-oxidant that fights free radicals to make the skin look radiant from within. Vitamin E and Lipoic acid – is a great anti-oxidant that helps the body repair skin more effectively by flushing away toxins harmful for healthy skin cells. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that is present in our blood to fight against infection. Retinol– is a vitamin A-derivative which can brighten your skin, smooth away lines & wrinkles, and improve skin texture. It also removes blemishes or skin pigmentation issues, and reduces pore size Moisturizers – Anti aging skin care products will have moisturizers to protect the skin from the environmental stressors. They help to hydrate the skin and improve skin texture by retaining moisture. Regenerators – are...

Regain Your Youthful Face With Dermal Fillers...

Are you confronted with new lines on your face every morning when you look in the mirror? Aging is an inevitability that shows up on the face as early as the late 30’s, with loss of tissue volume from beneath the skin. But with advances in modern aesthetic treatments, you do not have to fret over every fresh wrinkle or spot. Aging causes almost 35 percent volume loss from under the cheeks in a year from following extreme diet fads, stress or trauma. This volume loss makes the skin gradually sag and fall, forming ugly features such as jowls, creases, and wrinkles. If you are beginning to look less like yourself and more older and tired version of you, you can get an easy and affordable facelift with dermal fillers. It is a minimally invasive procedure to inject active agents under the skin for restoration of volume to the face. Reasons For Volume Loss With Age Excessive Sun Exposure Harmful UV rays from the sun causes irreversible damage to our skin. It accelerates aging by breaking down collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to age spots, brown spots and uneven skin tone. Variable Hormone Levels When women approach menopause their estrogen levels fall, which causes facial fat thinning. There is an apparent change in skin quality, and it also prompts volume loss. Thin Frame Everyone wants to be thin but a skinny frame works against you with age. People with thin frame are more prone to hollow cheeks and looking prematurely old. Loss of Bone Density With age, people lose bone mass and there is muscle atrophy too. This is apparent even in your face with change to facial structure, especially in the cheekbones and the middle of the face. It becomes more apparent gradually over the years. Extreme Dieting Or Exercise If you turn to extreme diets or workouts to lose weight often, you may be prone to your body weight fluctuating. This often results in skin losing its elasticity and ligaments becoming over-stretched. You may also end up losing fat from areas that needs augmentation. Restore Volume With Dermal Fillers When the skin sags severely Volume loss with age happens gradually and it takes a decade for the severe effects to show up on the face.  And the only option seems to regain a youthful appearance seems be a surgical facelift.  But volume can be restored through injectable dermal fillers for a more youthful appearance immediately. Moreover, restoring facial volume with injectables helps in delaying or preventing skin sagging and slipping. Facial fillers treat the source of the problem, supplying much needed natural products that have been lost from the skin. Dermal fillers are generally injectable hyaluronic acid. Some use natural products, while others incorporate synthetic material to plump and enhance your cheeks or lips. The most commonly used dermal filler in the market is a long-lasting soft gel comprised of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. It adds volume to your skin by attracting water to the hyaluronic acid molecules to make injected areas plumper. Dermal fillers have a proven track record, with millions being successfully treated worldwide. They give a much needed boost to sagging areas, and also remove wrinkles that show up when the fat and collagen is lost from under the skin. Dermal Fillers Are Perfect For Treating Facial Areas Dermal fillers can restore volume to your face, smooth away facial lines and wrinkles and help you get fuller lips. You can shape facial...

Gift Yourself Healthy Skin For The Holiday Season...

With the holiday season fast approaching, you want to look your best for all the parties and family photos.  With all the fretting and stress of preparing for Christmas, it is easy to forget all about skincare. There is just so much to do and so little time. Before long your skin may begin to show signs of stress too with tired eyes and puffy face. All your skin really needs is a little ‘pick me up’ sprucing to get you glowing and radiant for the holidays. Make time in your busy schedule to treat yourself to skin care services and jazz up your face before all the holiday get-togethers. Here are a few of our popular skin treatment options for you to consider: Rejuvenate Your Skin With HydraFacial® This new non-invasive facial helps to revitalize your skin by resurfacing the outer surface of your skin through cleaning and exfoliation. This rejuvenating facial deeply cleans pores and removes dead skin cells using Activ-4 serum. A Glysal serum made of Glycolic and Salicylic acids helps to peel the skin without post-peel scaling. Then vortex suction is used along with Beta-HD serum to clean the skin of unwanted impurities. A Antiox+ serum which is a fusion of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid, is delivered to hydrate, firm, nourish, protect and brighten your skin. A HydraFacial treatment from Calista Skin and Laser Center will renew and refresh your skin almost immediately! For Smooth Skin Turn To Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion treatment is a popular treatment to give the face and neck an energy boost. The procedure consists of spraying the face with micro-crystals for skin resurfacing.  All the micro-crystal particles along with your dead skin cells are suctioned back into the microdermabrasion machine to promote the appearance of new smooth skin. Proprietary skin solutions used in this treatment effectively diminish the appearance of fine wrinkles, blackheads, sun spots, dark spots, mild scarring and uneven skin texture. Get An Immediate Facelift With ReFirme If you have noticed your skin sagging or any visible fine lines or wrinkles showing up, then you can consider firming and tightening your skin with Refirme, without having to go under the knife. Refirme provides the ideal treatment choice to promote the production of natural collagen and it is completely painless. It is a non-invasive skin tightening procedure using the Elos™ technology for a more youthful and lifted appearance. It takes only about 20 minutes and you can return to your daily activities immediately. Get rid of any wrinkled skin, jowl and neck laxity, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds with this treatment. These are just some of the beauty treatments on offer in our skin clinic and there is no better time to schedule it than now! Here are some additional tips you should remember through the next couple of months to help you tide over the holiday period. Watch Your Alcohol Consumption You should enjoy yourself over the holidays and you do not need to go teetotal but do keep an eye on what and how much you are drinking. Moderation will go a long way in keeping your skin looking good the morning after the celebratory night. You may feel much better without a hangover too, especially when you have so much to do. Try to drink water in between alcoholic ones to help you cut your drinking by half. You can also volunteer to be the designated driver every now and then to lay off the booze...

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