Ten Tips to Prevent and Repair Aging
“Every one of us can find the two minutes… it takes to look good.” Estee Lauder
When we age, the skin turnover slows down ….hence the dullness. The cell do not renew as they did and this results in moisture loss, thinning, jowls and eye bags. Sun damage from being in a car in traffic with the sun exposure beaming in, all those years of tanning or running around as a kid without sunscreen begin to take its toll. Maninting facial expressions, and strengthening our facial muscles making them bulky (frowning, smiling) leave lines. Our lifestyle catches up with us (smoking, drinking, dieting).
We have to age, but age is really just a number, and Estee Lauder left us at age 97, but she is wise – there are things you can do to slow down the aging process and repair some of the damage already done. And here are some non surgical tips for doing just that. I have listed them in order of price, and you will see there is a lot you can do with a small budget.
Living a happy, healthy lifestyle.
Hands down, this the absolute best thing you can do to slow down the aging process.
Creams, procedures and lasers do help and have their place a little, but healthy lifestyles not only keep you looking young and feeling great, but they also keep you living (preferably longer), which I’m sure no cream can do.
Internal antioxidants are a must have . Colorful vegetables and fruit is a safe way to tell that a lot of anti-oxidants are in a meal. Color is synonymous with rich antioxidants. Noni juice is an excellent anti-aging preventative sources. But berries, pomegranates, watermelons, apples, oranges, guineps, june plums will also be amazing for your skin.
Eating a well-balanced diet , drinking plenty of water, not smoking, not drinking too much alcohol, laughing, and not stressing out too much are all good anti-aging habits. Do not get so wrapped up in physical anti-aging treatments that you forget about internal health, relaxation, and emotional well-being. This is the rock upon which topical anti-aging treatments build on, everything else is sand.
A basic skin routine. A daily no frills routine with a simple cleanser, toner and moisturizer will be better than doing nothing at all. You don’t need the latest breakthrough skin care product to prevent aging, as long as you take good basic care of your skin, remove makeup, or buildup of the day. Your hands, neck, and eyes (maybe the lips for some people) can show the aging first. Whatever you do to care for your face, do the same for the rest of your body. The eyes are very delicate and the skin around it gets thinner as we age, so be very gentle and careful in that area.
 Sunscreen. This is the number one way to slow down aging. In skin that is prone to hyperpigmentation, it will block the UV rays effect on blemishes to become darker.
 Chemical Peels and Exfoliants. People say men tend to age slower (or look younger, however you want to think of it) because they shave, frequently exfoliating their face. For both women and men, exfoliating is definitely an easy way to keep your skin fresh. Any beauty magazine you look in will recommend exfoliating your skin at least once a week.
A facial scrub or washcloth can be used, but more effective is chemically,with peels by using topical acids and or retinoids. Exfoliating helps keep your skin looking young by shedding dead skin cells and pushing newer ones to form. Alpha hydroxy acids can minimize the appearance of wrinkles over time. Scientific evidence is emerging that long-term AHA use encourages collagen regeneration, repairing the effects of aging. Skin is left more even and brighter which is what more youthful, healthy skin is.
Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Q10, alpha-lipoic acid, and green/white tea prevent free radicals from damaging your skin. Free radicals are partially responsible for wrinkles, non-gravity defying eye bags, etc. Topically, vitamin C is probably the most powerful antioxidant for your skin, scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production and brighten overall skin tone. Green tea is another popular antioxidant, but studies have indicated that the prticles are large and not reliably absorbed.
Retinol is a MUST HAVE for aging skin. It promotes the skin cells to regenerate and decreases wrinkles by stimulating collagen. Some people cannot tolerate it, however, but it is not the end of the world ……
 .Topical Stem Cells and Growth Factors
Products with EGF (epidermal growth factor) and plant and human stem cells are gaining ground as increasingly popular anti-aging treatments. The science is simply there. So retinol non- tolerators – here is your thing. Stem cells and growth factors are amazing when injected. But it can also be absorbed through the largest organ of the body – the skin. They stimulate production of collagen, elastin and anything else that is needed.
 Dermarollers are pretty cheap on their own. Instead of PRP, dermarollers can be kinder to the wallet. With their microneedles, they provide deeper penetration of topical stem cells, vitamin C, retinoids, vitamin C down to the deeper levels of the skin. This way you get more bang for your buck from your skin care products. It is best to see a physician familiar with them to teach you how to use this at home, what pressure to use, and how often to use it. Remember you do not want to use this when you have an infection on the face, or an acne breakout.
 Dermal Fillers, Botox use actually helps minimize the appearance deep-set wrinkles. Fat grafting can plump up skin and distribute nutrients to previously depleted regions of your face. Facials which include microdermabrasion and chemical peels can aggressively help prevent and repair the appearance of aging by rapidly exfoliating surface layers of the skin and minimizing fine wrinkles. Laser skin treatments can also stimulate deeper layers of your skin to encourage collagen production for better skin elasticity. The downside is, with these procedures, one treatment session usually does not accomplish much as far as anti-aging goes.
 PRP and fat grafting – Stem cells are re-injected into the areas that require help, and these cells have the potential to become any cell. The environment you inject the stem cells in gives them the signal about what is lacking in that area. More invasive, more expensive.