How can I make my skin look younger?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Some good, natural remedies to help skin look younger can be found on the supermarket shelves such as vitamin C cream, coconut oil, peanut oil, and olive oil.  Coconut oil helps tighten skin, reduce cellulite and even does a miraculous job of temporarily shrinking hemorrhoids!  Vitamin C cream, peanut and olive oils provide moisture to skin and help smooth out wrinkles.  Again, regular, daily use of these natural treatments are necessary to obtain, then maintain, good results.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Any skin resurfacing procedure can provide a more youthful appearance by removing the top layer of skin, so that new skin can replace it.  The result is smoother skin with fewer wrinkles.  Watch the animation to learn more about these procedures.

There are multiple answers to the age-old question of "how do I look younger?" First, take care of your health - lose weight if needed, exercise regularly, watch what you eat, decrease your stress level, etc. But don't forget to take care of your skin. Basic skin care make help - stay out of the sun, use sunscreen regularly, use a moisturizer twice per day, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. For those that have signs of agings already, there numerous cosmetic procedures that can help "turn back the clock" - these include fillers, botox/dysport, chemical peels, lasers, etc.

In addition to practicing good, everyday skin care, you may want to visit a professional to discuss other options. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure or treatment, you should consult a dermatologist about which one is right for you.

There are many available to help your skin look younger. Fillers injected into your skin can puff out fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin ("Botox") injected into your skin can paralyze muscles that make wrinkles appear with facial expressions. Radiofrequency can remove visible veins from the surface of your skin. Dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, chemical peeling, or microdermabrasion can remove the outer surface of your skin, including shallow scars, wrinkles, and age spots, giving skin a smoother and more youthful appearance.

Seek a physician’s assistance for medical concerns.

Jeanine B. Downie, MD
To make your skin look younger, use sunblock daily (SPF 30), exercise, stop smoking, get more sleep, drink more water and lower stress. Watch me as I discuss how these steps, plus cosmetic options, can help skin look fresh.
James M.. Wilmott

There are three major ways to make skin look younger. One is immediate and involves the coverage of the visible signs of aging with pigments, line fillers, optical diffusers, and ingredients that enhance radiance.  These effects are temporary and must be applied daily to mask the signs of aging outlined in Question 14.0. The second approach is more physiological (dealing with the functions of living organisms). This approach requires an intervention in the metabolic processes that are required for proper skin health. It enhances the processes that have slowed down, slows down the processes that are over-stimulated, or repairs the ones that have been damaged and are misfiring creating poor structural components. One needs to select a topical product that addresses the nature and severity of the expression of certain signs of aging. These typically take anywhere from 3 months to 6 months to achieve their total beneficial effect.  The third approach is through surgical or physical intervention usually at a dermatologist's office or from a trained practitioner. These procedures are usually classified as:

  • A removal of the outer layer of the skin called a peel that is done with lasers, chemicals, or abrasion such as Microdermabrasion,
  • An injection of collagen, hyaluronic acid, or adipose (fat) tissue into the skin as a filler to plump the skin and minimize lines and wrinkles,
  • A destruction of uneven or over-stimulated pigmentation with a laser,
  • An activation of cellular biochemical reactions through specially designed devices that use certain wavelengths of UV light, heat, electrical current, cold, and radiotherapy.



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