Have you spent hours reading anti-aging tips online? Are you looking for how to reduce or delay the appearance of wrinkles and how to get a naturally youthful face? Want to know if anti-wrinkle face creams work or if Plastic Surgery treatments are the only way to go?
From eliminating wrinkles and fighting free radicals, to stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production, our antiaging products make tempting promises.
Testation of Creams
Every ad claims to have found the elixir of youth, the source of radiance that will fade away the signs of aging. The consumers, are willing to try almost anything that promises to keep us young, spending a fortune on face creams, lotions, and anti-aging treatments to maintain or achieve youthful and firm skin.
But just like anything that seems too good to be true, some of the care products classified as cosmetics have not been tested for effectiveness to the same level as drugs. So for all the face-firming creams, vitamin supplements, and treatments that claim to reduce wrinkles or slow premature aging, we don’t have enough evidence to prove that they work.
However, this does not mean that everything in the market is a waste of money. There is still hope! Certain active ingredients used in anti-aging products have been proven safe and effective. With the secret to anti-aging according to experts lying in buying the ones that work well for us!
But before we spend half our entire salary on tiny jars of face creams or plastic surgeons experimenting until we find what works for us, we should learn more about how and why our skin ages.
As we age, the skin naturally changes due to bone loss and sagging, while lack of exercise, poor diet, and smoking contribute to skin aging. In fact, according to many dermatologists, the majority of signs of skin aging come from sun damage due to excessive and unprotected exposure to the sun!
So if we’re going to buy something, let it be sunscreen.
The best proven antiaging treatment is sunscreen. The bet is to prevent sun damage – which can cause or worsen the signs of aging – before it happens.
Think about how clothes fade in the sun or furniture that is near a window and compare the “damage” to your sensitive skin that spends hours sunbathing. The sun is responsible for more than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging, including wrinkles and age spots. We need protection 365 days a year to keep our skin healthy and glowing.
What foods contribute to antiaging?
FOODS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO ANTIAGING
While there are no antiaging “super foods,” diet does make a significant contribution to the appearance of skin.
Antioxidants are claimed to help fight cell damage from free radicals, and foods including beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium, and vitamins A, C, and E benefit both our health and our skin.
These and other antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and some meats. We can also find supplements of many antioxidants to strengthen immunity and the appearance of our skin. Which foods contribute to antiaging?
Are there nutritional supplements for perfect skin?
The good news is that just as diet contributes to youthful-looking skin, nutritional supplements and vitamins play a similar role in anti-aging.
By boosting collagen production, repairing the skin from within, and helping to maintain the normal condition of bones, hair, nails, and skin, zinc and vitamins C. E can maintain skin’s elasticity and youthful appearance.
Here, of course, the intervention of a Pathologist is needed, who after blood tests will check if nutritional supplements or vitamins are needed and in what quantity. Just because some preparations claim to be “natural”, the doctor is the one who will recommend the most effective and suitable for our case.
Do chemical peels help with anti-aging?
Chemical peels remove the surface layers of skin allowing the deeper layer to come to the surface faster – which speeds up the skin’s renewal cycle.
The new skin that replaces it is smoother with fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
Chemical peels use acids to act as exfoliants, removing dead skin cells and allowing new cells to grow.
Lactic, glycolic, and citric acids are natural ingredients derived from fruits and milk sugars that help to remove dead cells making the skin look smoother, brighter, and firmer.
This chemical peel procedure is used on the face, neck, and hands with light-skinned people being the best candidates for the procedure.
Do Anti-Aging Face Firming Creams Work?
FACE CREAMS FOR WRINKLES
As we age, the skin becomes thinner, looser, and loses fat, resulting in the development of fine lines. Our body produces less collagen and elastin, losing its firm and youthful appearance.
Cosmetic face firming creams work superficially, from the outside in, and offer little or no results.
There are hundreds of products on the market and unfortunately not all work equally well.
Touted as a proven method for reducing the signs of aging, retinol, a natural form of vitamin A, works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and boosting skin thickness and elasticity. Although found in a number of creams, the most potent form of retinol is available by prescription.
Accordingly, peptides, small proteins that help both the growth and healing of skin cells, hydrate the skin making lines less noticeable.
Anti-wrinkle face creams and lotions are purely superficial, they work for as long as we apply them and the results are transient and of little effect.
Do aesthetic treatments contribute to antiaging?
The technology and treatments available to Plastic Surgeons are instrumental in eliminating wrinkles, sagging, and fine lines.
AESTHETIC TREATMENTS – BEFORE AND AFTER
Advanced aging can be corrected with invasive treatments, such as facelifts, blepharoplasty, and threads. Accordingly, a more “fresh” look can be given with temporary solutions, such as Botox, mesotherapy, and hyaluronic acid.
Treatments, whether permanent or temporary, should be performed by a qualified and certified Plastic Surgeon so that the result is natural and the treatment appropriate for the case.
What we must remember is that everything that is harmful to us also harms our skin! The sun, smoking, diet, and alcohol consumption, are all our daily habits and lifestyle that affect our skin.
For more information on treatment options to achieve a natural, healthy look, we’ll find all the Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons to enjoy the right care for our skin type.