Anti-Aging Skin Care

Anti-Aging Skin Care

Anti-Aging Skin Care
The science of anti-aging has come a long way. Learn how to slow aging, feel and look younger and keep your skin in great condition.

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    How can I treat my forehead wrinkles?
    Forehead wrinkles start to develop early, especially for those who are expressive or animated with their faces. In this video, dermatologist Doris Day, MD, explains a few reasons why forehead wrinkles develop, and what you can do to treat it.
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    A , Integrative Medicine, answered
    Most 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 lifeā€”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.
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    A , Dermatology, answered
    What ingredients should I look for in an effective, anti-aging eye cream?
    Using the right eye cream is critical to youthful-looking eyes; niacinamide, caffeine and retinol are key ingredients. Watch dermatologist Doris Day, MD, explain how these potent ingredients work to improve the appearance of skin around the eyes. 
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Thin skin is more than just the inability to deal with a public beating from the boss. It's actually caused by not enough protein in your diet, not enough blood flow, not enough healthy fat, or too much of one hormone or another.

    Technically, you're not losing skin-you're actually decreasing the thickness of each cell that causes thinness and tearing (most often on the forearms). Our patients tell us that eating an ounce of walnuts a day (that's about 24 half walnuts, which provide good protein and good fat) or taking a DHA omega-3 supplement, and using petroleum jelly on the forearms helps.
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    We all know that wrinkles generally don't look all that good -- not in dress shirts and not on your skin. In fact, one main indicator of body aging is wrinkles, especially vertical lines above the lips and between the eyes (each of these stereotypically mean different things; cigarettes and inflammation in your blood vessels cause lip wrinkles, while vertical lines between eyes reflect stress).

    How do we get wrinkles? In a couple of ways, actually. Since skin is attached to the muscle beneath it, your skin creases when your muscles move. Over time, that creates a well-worn groove. It's actually like a stress fracture -- the repeated bending of skin over the underlying muscle creates inflammation and the collagen gets squeezed together.

    Young skin stretches and recoils over the muscle, but thinned, old skin loses this ability. And, like an over-bent piece of cardboard, it eventually cracks. As we get older, the connections between the skin and underlying connective tissue stretch out, which can cause sagging of the skin. When that happens, gravity pulls down, and the sagging contributes to the formation of wrinkles.

    Ultimately, wrinkles are caused by thinned, damaged collagen and a loss of elastin fibers (think of it as a kind of stress fracture). When skin loses its elasticity, gravity pulls down, and the sagging causes even more wrinkles.
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    A , Plastic Surgery, answered

    Sagging skin is primarily the cause of loss of elasticity and the aging process. The amount of collagen is reduced and the elastin in diminished with aging. This is one reason why so many skin care products are composed of collagen or induce collagen formation. The gravitational descent of the skin and underlying muscle create major facial skin laxity. The most common aging skin problems include prominence of the nasolabial fold, jowl formation, and the turkey neck (platysmal banding under the chin). The goals of plastic surgeons include tightening these areas and enhancing volume to the facial regions showing atrophy.

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    Virtually every biochemical reaction in your skin is affected by the progression of time and exposure to harmful environmental conditions.  Some of the manifestations of chronologic and environmental aging include:

    • Loss of skin firmness
    • Reduced skin elasticity
    • Increased skin dryness
    • Pigmentation disorders such as age spots and uneven pigmentation
    • Loss of radiance and an increase in dullness
    • Formation of fine lines and wrinkles
    • Increased fragility to trauma creating bruises and rashes
    • Greater translucency which shows more veins
    • Increased redness due to blood vessel dilation
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    What Are Some Treatments for Age Spots?

    Thanks to a variety of dermatologic techniques, you don't have to live with age spots. In this video, plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Shirley Madhere describes the various treatments for these annoying blemishes.


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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Not entirely. You might not be able to prevent them, but you could hold them off for a while. Even though heredity can be a factor in when you will get age spots, sun exposure is also a culprit. So, to help postpone an onslaught of age spots, limit your sun exposure and be sure to wear sunscreen.

    Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing to safeguard your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Alpha hydroxyl acids, such as lactic or glycolic acid, are added to give products exfoliating properties. Products containing alpha hydroxy acids are typically known as "antiaging" because they exfoliate the skin, revealing younger skin cells.