Treating Wrinkles & Aging Skin
Wrinkles, loose or sagging skin, dark circles under the eyes all have similar causes. Some you can control, others you cannot:
||As you age, your skin becomes more fragile, you produce less natural oils, and fat in the deeper layers starts to diminish. This in turn causes loose, saggy skin, deeper lines and crevices.|
||In Fresno and the Central Valley, there is an abundance of sun. People tend to get more exposure to the sun. The extra exposure expedites the aging process by breaking down your skin’s connective tissue (collagen and elastin fibers). Without this connective tissue, your skin starts to sag and wrinkle, sometimes prematurely.|
||Smoking can speed up the aging process in two ways: 1) Decreasing optimal blood supply to the skin; 2) By exaggerating certain facial expressions (smoker’s lips).|
||Women tend to get more wrinkles around their mouth because they have fewer sweat glands in that area to keep it lubricated and fewer blood vessels as well.|
||Without proper nutrition, your skin doesn’t get the optimal blood.|
But treating wrinkles and other signs of aging is relatively easy. The first step is prevention. Prevention includes applying a a broad spectrum (UV A and UV B protection) sunscreen or sunblock with SPF 20 or higher 2-3 times a day. Being dilligent with the proper sunscreen can slow the skin’s aging process signifcantly. Melanin in human skin acts similar to sunscreen by absorbing and dissipating harmful UV radiation. That is one reason why humans with more pronounced (or expressed) melanin tend to have skin that ages slower than their counterparts.
The second step to prevention is maintaining healthy nutrition, including using anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C (such as Obagi C-RX or Professional C Serum) and E. Products with Vitamin C or E that can be applied topically (directly to the skin) and absorbed well are beneficial to any skin regimine.
Adding a chemical peel to your regimine can help you get rid of the layer of dead skin on top and bring out new, healthier skin. It is also an effective method of cleaning out your pores and maintaining a healthy glow to your skin.
If you have highly visible signs of aging such as pronounced wrinkles, deep lines or sun spots, you can still treat those signs and reverse the aging process. Obagi NuDerm/Condition & Enhance or Vivité Skin Care System can begin to repair damage underneath the skin while Botox®, Juvéderm and/or Radiesse can literally freeze wrinkles and add lost volume. eMatrix Sublative Rejuvination Technology can aggresively repair damaged skin from the inside out. In 3-4 treatments, you can look 5 years younger (results vary).