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 regenerating ingredients in anti-aging products that heal the cell damage by promoting the creation of new cells. Age, sun exposure and hormonal imbalance can have an adverse effect on skin cells, which can be countered by regenerators.

Phytochemicals – Phytochemicals are obtained from plants and are very useful in fighting cancer. They are excellent UV radiation fighters.

You should buy the right anti aging skin care product based on your skin type. Use products specifically created for your skin type as using the wrong products can make your skin overly sensitive. People with dry skin should use thicker moisturizers and oily skin should be treated with non-aqueous serums. Apart from using the anti aging creams, regular exfoliation is good for removing dead skin cells and any pathogens that may be present on the surface of the skin.

Anti-aging skincare routine

Your anti-aging skincare routine should consist of cleansing, using antioxidants, eye cream and sunscreen. A gentle cleanser and warm water can help remove dirt and oil from your skin and enable products to reach deeper into your skin.

Using products with skin cell stimulant, like retinol, and antioxidants will help correct any present skin damage and slow further deterioration of skin cells. Antioxidants work deep within skin cells to prevent collagen from breaking down, thus promoting healthy skin from the inside out.

The skin around the eyes is thin, dry and sensitive to signs of aging, so gently apply a pea-size amount of under eye cream in that area.

Never leave without your sunscreen on. If you have not used SPF protection in your 20s, 30s and 40s, you may already have sun-related skin care problems, like dark spots on face and dull, sallow skin. When you’re over 50 there is an increasingly rapid deterioration of cell structures from sun damage.

To prevent new wrinkles and age spots from forming and protect the skin from free radicals, you need to use anti aging skin care moisturizing products with vitamins C and E, essential tea-based oils, besides SPF protection of at least 30.

Anti-Aging Treatments at Calista Skin and Laser Center

At Calista Skin & Laser Center our licensed aestheticians take the time to get to know you before devising treatment plans specifically to suit your individual needs. We offer a multitude of non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedures with minimal or no downtime. You may benefit from a monthly microdermabrasion to rid the skin of any dead skin cells, which can make your skin appear rough and dry. Consider scheduling regular Botox and/or dermal filler every three to four months to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. If you have visible signs of sun damage, acne, fine lines, scarring, or rosacea you may be recommended additional services.

Call in at 817-203-4925, to schedule a consultation and enhance your natural beauty with Calista Laser!

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 color and has considerable influence on the eye sockets. Drinking excessive amount of alcohol result in puffed eyes and can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the deeper layers of the skin. The lack of hydration causes your skin to lose elasticity and develop wrinkles. It results in the appearance of capillaries and redness of the cheeks too.

Poor Sleep

The body produces excessive stress hormone, cortisol, without proper sleep. This hormone breaks down skin cells and inadequate sleep becomes evident on the face. It is important to get at least 6 to 7 hours of quality sleep every day to look refreshed and youthful. When you sleep well, the pituitary gland in our brain secretes Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to improve skin elasticity and renew skin to maintain its thickness so that you are less likely to develop wrinkles. But do remember that sleeping on your belly or side may cause wrinkles to appear because you are burrowing your face into your pillow. This puts pressure on the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin causing fine lines to form on your chin and forehead. To prevent sleep lines, always sleep on your back.

Sleeping with Makeup

Many women skip removing their makeup before going to bed but skipping this ritual can cause significant damage to your skin and hasten the aging process. The makeup on your skin picks up pollutants and free radicals all through the day and if it is not removed before going to bed, it will clog the skin pores. This generally causes the breakdown of collagen fibers. So pamper your skin for a few minutes before going to bed every night. Remove your makeup, cleanse and apply a moisturizer. This allows your skin to breathe through the night and regenerate.

Now you can prevent new wrinkles from forming but what about minimizing the wrinkles that have already appeared. Try any of our nonsurgical beauty skin treatments for minimizing wrinkles. You can smooth and decrease lines around the mouth, forehead, eyes and cheeks with Refirme™ Skin Tightening with Elos Technology, Facial fillers like Juvederm can also help reduce deeper facial folds and creases. Even Botox works wonders on facial wrinkles – like crow’s feet, frown lines, and horizontal forehead wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions. Let Calista Skin & Laser Center help you develop your skin treatment plan to get rid of unsightly facial wrinkles.

Call us on 817–203–4925 to get started on your journey to healthier, younger looking skin.