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Understanding the Aging Process

Is your skin beginning to show signs of aging? Depending on your lifestyle, some signs of aging can show up while you’re still in your 20s. However, before you let that fact add even more stress to your already busy life, know this: there are things you can do right now to stop – and even reverse – the signs of aging.

The Truth About Aging Skin

Aging skin loses elasticity, one of the leading causes of wrinkles. Environmental factors also take a toll on your skin as you age. The sun’s UV rays create free radicals that damage skin cells throughout the body. Collagen also decreases, and the skin, especially on the face, gets thinner.

Diet also plays a role in how well your skin ages. That’s why it’s important to avoid highly processed foods and to monitor your salt intake. The better you eat, the better your skin is going to look and feel.

The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better you are going to look. But always remember, it’s never too late to start!

Simple Steps You Can Take Now to Make Your Skin Look Younger

Dermabrasion and chemical peels are two popular ways to eliminate wrinkles and make aging skin look younger. These procedures can usually be done right in your dermatologist’s office, and result in only temporary, minor discomfort.

Anti-aging creams are another popular option that keeps skin looking young and vibrant. Remember, however, that the effectiveness of these creams is based on how faithfully you use them. Read the labels carefully before you make your decision, and try to choose one that is formulated for your specific skin type.

While dermabrasion, chemical peels and creams all combat the signs of aging, there are some habits that you must quit if you want to slow down the aging process. Smoking damages skin cells, giving the face a sallow, wrinkled look. Remember, it’s never too late to quit smoking. There are many smoker-prevention techniques available on the market today, most of which are available without a prescription. Electronic cigarettes are another great option. While you still get nicotine through these devices, you don’t get the 300-plus chemicals that regular cigarettes deliver.

Staying hydrated is also a must. Our bodies need water to stay healthy inside and out. Properly hydrated skin has a glowing appearance and will naturally have fewer wrinkles. You should also curtail your alcohol consumption. Like tobacco, alcohol makes you look older as it dehydrates the skin and its underlying tissues. With a little diligence, you, too, can have gorgeous skin. You do not have to give into the aging process. In this day and age there are many options you can pursue to keep your skin healthy, glowing and smooth.

We at Ahwatukee Skin & Laser would love to help you achieve this goal. Contact us anytime!

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