To Age or Not to Age, Gracefully!
How many of you have looked in the mirror and suddenly realized you don’t look young anymore? In fact, you look downright old? I know I have and anyone over 40 probably has at one time or another. Or you are sitting at your hairdresser’s and see your neck or under eye wrinkles or crow’s feet and think, “who is that old lady sitting there? I’ve gotta do something about that!”
Now, how do you go about improving this? Well, first off, you have to keep your face and neck protected from the sun at all times. Most of us have made the mistake growing up of too much sun exposure. Pre-mature aging (which is most of our aging) is predominantly due to sun damage. So... protect your skin at all times with broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 in it with repeat application every 2 hours when you are outside and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Yes, ladies, buy a beautiful hat and wear it anytime you step out the door. Over 50% of damage comes from infrared and sunscreen won’t help it. Cover up!!! Protect your largest organ of your bodyà YOUR SKIN!
Next, let’s try to fix some of the damage that has already occurred and improve things. A series of chemical peels can certainly be an easy start to improve pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pores, and smooth the appearance of the skin. But ultimately increasing and stimulating new collagen formation in the skin is a goal and the key to success in staying young looking. This can be done with microneedling or with other techniques such as with the Skinfinity RF which does this through radiofrequency. Using these to stimulate new collagen formation improves the skin from the inside out and truly makes the skin younger and by continuing to have these treatments, can keep improving the skin.
At home, you can do your part with a medical-grade skin-care regimen twice daily with good cleansing, exfoliation, treatment serums, retinoids, moisturizing agents, and sunscreen use. We have an excellent skincare line that can’t be beat in its quality and results if you are in need. I have used many in the industry and have found none that can beat the results obtained with these products.
If you’d like to improve your skin or have questions about our treatments or products, please call our office.
Shari J. Twigg, MD
The Aesthetics Medicine Expert