Anti-Aging Skin Care
1 AnswerDr. Andrea Pennington, MD , Integrative Medicine, answeredMost of the physical signs of aging such as wrinkles, stooped posture, stiff and achy joints, obesity and poor vision are brought on prematurely by environmental factors and the practice of particular bad habits. This means that unless genetically programmed to do so, many of the cells of your body are not intended to degenerate until very late in life—if at all. Excessive alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, pessimism, anger, impatience, pollution, excessive exposure to sunlight, inactivity, prolonged exposure to stressful situations, and poor nutrition all lead to cellular damage that starts and accelerates the aging process.
1 AnswerRealAge answered
You can conceal bruising and redness from anti-aging treatments by doing the following:
- Stock up beforehand on a good concealer to make bruising disappear. I find Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage is great for covering up small stuff.
- Some laser treatments create eggplant-colored bruises and the only thing that will cover those is DermaBlend. It’s been around forever because it does an amazing job. Just get it ahead of time and practice a couple of times to get the hang of blending it.
- If your treatment is more likely to leave redness than anything else (ask your doctor), go to any drugstore and buy a green-tinted concealer; it takes the red out.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.
2 AnswersDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
Keeping your aging skin healthy requires proper care and maintenance. Aging skin becomes thinner and less smooth. Because you have less fat in your skin, your veins and bones may appear more prominent. Your skin becomes drier as you age as well. It can also take longer to heal from a cut or bruise.
To prevent premature skin aging, protect your skin from sun damage and other harmful elements. Here are some tips:
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Also look for broad-spectrum formulas that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and are water resistant. Reapply the lotion as needed.
- Wear protective clothing such as a hat, sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of the sun's rays, and loose, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long skirts.
Consult a dermatologist for more information.
1 AnswerBen Kaminsky , Dermatology, answeredMoisturize the undereye area morning and night, and as needed throughout the day if this delicate area feels dry and uncomfortable. As the thinnest skin of the body, the eye area is the first to show signs of aging. Apply undereye cream very gently by patting it on the skin, using the ring finger. Start at the outer eye area and pat to the inner area, to avoid aggravating any lines or wrinkles. It is not necessary to apply the cream directly under the lash line but rather the orbital bone.
Eye creams may contain antioxidants such as vitamins A and E to protect against free radicals. Other ingredients include hydrating compounds like wheat germ oil, specific ingredients for conditions such as dark undereye circles, esculin (horse chestnut extract) for puffiness, zinc oligopeptide for wrinkles, and soy sterol for irritation. Unless specified, eye cream should not be applied on eyelid.
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1 AnswerDr. Susan Evans , Dermatology, answeredWhen you get older your skin becomes more prone to sensitivity and damage. While you still need a healthy daily dose of vitamin D, it is important not to abuse your time in the sun. Once you have absorbed your vitamin D (it only takes about 10 minutes), be sure to wear protective coverage, sun block, a hat, and sunglasses. Use lotion daily to keep your skin smooth. You may also want to consider glycolic peels fillers to rejuvenate your face.
1 AnswerDr. Jeannette O. Graf, MD , Dermatology, answeredThere are a number of injectable products that have various functions. Injecting neurotoxins such as Botox into depressor muscles that pull us down relaxes these muscles. The result is the lift in muscles as they become stronger, giving us a lift.
Anti-aging fillers vary by density and viscosity and therefore an injector's preference plays a role. These include Restylane, Juvederm AC, Belotero, Perlane and Radiesse. The idea of fillers is to aim to create a natural look so that others do not necessarily notice.
Sculptra is a stimulator and therefore works over time, following massage.
Voluma is a newly approved mid-face filler that is a derivative of Juvederm which enhances the lateral zygomatic cheeks. This creates a youthful, fresh look that is quite natural.