While no one has yet invented a way to stop the aging process or its effect on the skin, you can slow it down by the choices you make every day. Besides helping you look younger, developing healthy skin care habits gives you a clearer complexion and reduces your risk of skin cancer.
Some Tips from the American Academy of Dermatology
If anyone knows how to care for aging skin, it’s the ADA. You have probably heard many of these skin care tips before, but you were probably in your 20s then when the reality of aging seemed light years away. Now that a few birthdays (or more than a few for some of us!) have passed, it’s time to re-visit them:
- Skip indoor tanning and practice sun safety outdoors, even in the winter. Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 30 to all uncovered skin. Sunglasses help to reduce visible signs of aging around the eyes and wearing gloves can keep age spots off the hands.
- Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins in your diet and make sure you get enough sleep every night.
- If you smoke, seek the support you need to quit. In addition to the other well-known health hazards of tobacco, it causes leathery skin, premature lines and wrinkles, a dry and dull complexion, and a loss of skin firmness.
- Wash the dirt off your face every morning and evening. Applying a daily moisturizer helps to trap water in your skin that reduces dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Professional-grade moisturizer and other skin care products can make all the difference.
Professional Dermatology Services to Consider
Even when you take excellent care of your skin, professional dermatology services help you fight the effects of aging even more. Skin treatments with the PicoSure laser are just one example of this. The short and intense bursts of light treat common conditions such as wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, acne scars, freckling, and pigmentation changes.
Dermal fillers and injectables target specific problem areas on your face. These may include loss of volume in the cheeks, laugh lines, forehead lines, and deep-set wrinkles. We can recommend the ideal treatment for you based on your unique issues and goals for your appearance. In just a few short sessions, you can have smoother, more youthful skin. No one said you must look – or act – your age!
Do sun spots, age spots, acne scars, or blotchy skin have you down? You might want to consider a chemical peel. This treatment causes the top layer of skin cells to slough off and reveal brighter, smoother skin underneath. You can even have a chemical peel on areas other than your face, such as your arms, hands, chest, or legs.
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Dermatology Associates offers a full spectrum of leading edge medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services from offices in Savannah and Vidalia.