by Lisa Benest MD
Cellular function begins to slow down in our 20s and 30s, and when combined with sun exposure, spots, dullness, fine lines and wrinkles can start to show much sooner. In fact, most of us start to show some signs of aging by 25, when skin-cell turnover begins to slow and moisture levels decrease. Here are some tried and true anti-aging basics, plus some innovative treatments and products, to help you prevent or reduce the signs of aging.
Sun exposure will make your skin look older. Wrinkles, sun spots, discoloration and fine lines age the skin on your face, arms, legs, neck and chest. Using a sunblock with a high SPF won’t undo past exposure, but will prevent damage from future exposure. And don’t wait for summer – the sun’s UV rays are working on your skin all year long. One caveat—those with limited sun exposure will need to supplement with extra vitamin D, as one cannot get sufficient vitamin D from the diet alone.
A peel (chemical or other) gets rid of the old, dead layers of skin, leaving your complexion fresh and rejuvenated. A chemical peel is a treatment in which an acidic solution is used to remove the damaged top layers of the skin. Other peels use varying ingredients (such as fruits, enzymes or other plant materials), but all peels enhance and smooth your complexion.
Too many of us do not get enough vital nutrition from our diets. Supplements can help provide the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that contribute to overall systemic health, and help prevent inflammation and free radical damage in organs – including the skin. Consider adding vitamin D3 and Fish Oils (Omega 3 Fatty Acids) to your vitamin regime. If you do take a multivitamin, make sure it is food based and not synthetic, for better integration.
Moisturizers and other topical treatments
The right moisturizer can help fortify and renew your skin, sealing in moisture while protecting your skin from environmental dirt and toxins. For even more effectiveness in fighting aging, look for a moisturizer that has active ingredients such as antioxidants and peptides to help encourage natural metabolic skin function and a healthy complexion. Topical retinoids, such as Retin-A, diminish dark spots, balance skin tone and suppress visible wrinkles. Your dermatologist can prescribe the appropriate treatment for you.
Remember, moisturizing isn’t just about lotions and creams. Hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods rich in antioxidants. You can also use a humidifier while you sleep to give your dry skin a boost during the night, which will prevent your skin from drying out throughout the day.
Active FX/Total FX
Active FX/Total FX is a revolutionary fractional laser for more severely sun-damaged skin. An Active FX/Total FX treatment reduces wrinkles and fine lines by working deeper in the skin, to stimulate new collagen formation. The skin becomes plumper and the skin tone and texture show noticeable improvement. This is also a great treatment for facial acne scars.
The right treatment can help prevent skin damage before it’s even visible. But remember – whatever treatments or products you use on your face, you want to address your neck as well. Don’t let the skin below your face give your secret away.
Dr Lisa Benest is a medical and cosmetic dermatologist in Burbank. She and her staff provide comprehensive skin examinations as well as an array of non-invasive, cosmetic procedures and offer a full line of skin care products. To learn more about skin rejuvenation as well as the most up-to-date lasers, schedule a Free Consultation with their cosmetic nurse. Check out their website for a complete list of all the treatments: www.lisabenestmd.com
She can be reached at:
1624 W. Olive Ave #B
Burbank, CA 91506