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Delaying the Aging Process

Advancements in skin rejuvenation technology offer tools for aging prevention

Aging is inevitable. As much as we try, the effects of aging take their toll on our bodies, both internally and externally. Our skin wrinkles, sags and discolors. We have less energy and strength, can lose focus and memory, and succumb to illness more often. 

But why do some people seem to experience the effects of aging more than others? The answer is extrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging is defined as “a distinctive declination process caused by external factors, which include ultra-violet radiation, cigarette smoking, air pollution, among others. Of all extrinsic causes, radiation from sunlight has the most widespread documentation of its negative effects on the skin.” In contrast, intrinsic aging is caused by the simple act of living and hereditary predisposition. 

What does this mean for you? It means that you have a large degree of control over how you age. While aging is still inevitable, you have the choice as to how it will affect your appearance. Not only can we take active measures to prevent extrinsic aging, but we can reverse the effects of extrinsic aging with advances in skin rejuvenation technology. 

Let’s dig a bit deeper and start with aging prevention. First, it is never too late to begin preventative measures. Not only do they protect your skin from aesthetic changes, but they also protect your skin from disease (read: skin cancer). There is a simple two-step process you can implement every morning to lower your risk in both areas significantly: application of an antioxidant serum followed by a physical (zinc and titanium-based) environmental protection product.

Antioxidants work by protecting our body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules created from the environment. These free radicals attack our healthy skin cells, causing them to break down. The result is sagging, wrinkles, enlarged pores and rough texture. Antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E “scavenge” these unstable free radicals and destroy them before they can attack our skin. 

Unfortunately, only specific forms of these vitamins can penetrate the skin and provide an antioxidant effect. Opening up a Vitamin E capsule and applying it to your skin may give some moisturization–but that’s about it. Medical grade antioxidant products are specially formulated to penetrate the skin while maintaining and sustaining antioxidant abilities. 

The second step to your morning routine is the application of your physical environmental protection product. Note that I do not refer to these as sunscreens. They do so much more than prevent sunburn; they protect your skin from aging and disease and absolutely need to be applied every morning, 365 days per year, rain or shine. Again, not all products are created equal in this arena. Look for micronized zinc and titanium products that are sheer upon application yet provide the broad-spectrum physical barrier of protection. 

Having worked in the aesthetics industry for over 20 years, I can tell you that there has never been a better time to reverse the signs of skin aging. The skin rejuvenation treatments offered today are both extremely effective and affordable. Treatments like Broadband Light Therapy (BBL) have been studied for almost 20 years and are proven to reverse aging at the cellular level. Other options like SkinPen and Halo are designed to increase the skin’s depleted collagen supply, resulting in a smoother, firmer appearance. 

Fortunately, navigating the world of aesthetic care has never been easier with advanced imaging technology. Using a special skin scanning device called “Visia,” we can obtain an exact measurement of extrinsic aging. It will even tell us what your exact “skin age” is! This scan allows practitioners to create customized plans to reverse the aging process and, most importantly, measure the results of your investment. 

Armed with this information, you can determine what level of visible aging is acceptable to you. Not only can you delay aging, but you are also able to reduce your risks of skin disease by incorporating small habits into your daily routine. While “aging gracefully” is still an option, we are now able to age more gradually than ever before by investing in our skin.

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