Many years ago fighting back against Mother Nature’s natural aging process was not as important because human beings had shorter life expectancies. However, once the human life expectancy started to increase so did concerns associated with aging. One of those concerns is the impact that the natural passage of time has on the skin. But there are now plenty of ways for you to fight back against wrinkles and other common skin issues associated with getting older.
Caring for Your Skin on a Daily Basis
One big step in the process is to begin caring for your skin every single day by using the proper creams and moisturizers at home. You should look for products that contain alphahydroxy and betahydroxy acids, which exfoliate the skin well and help to clean out pores, reducing acne outbreaks. Any products that contain Vitamin A or C are also beneficial because they encourage collagen production and protect the skin from further damage.
Treating Existing Skin Problems with Lasers
Of course, it is much easier to prevent certain skin damage or delay its appearance than it is to treat problems once they arise. If you already have fine lines, skin sags, wrinkles, or discoloration, you may need clinical intervention. Some of the most popular skincare devices are medical-lasers, which treat a variety of skin conditions.
Laser skincare tools come in many forms. Ablative lasers are often used to treat all layers of skin, including the outermost layer, while non-ablative versions can do just enough minor damage to deeper skin cells to encourage the body’s natural healing processes. In effect, that offers an opportunity to use nature to fight nature.
Injections to Reverse Signs of Aging
One of the natural substances made by the body to strengthen skin cells is collagen. While lasers encourage natural collagen production to increase, it is possible to get actual injections of collagen directly into your skin. Sometimes that is known as “collagen replacement therapy,” and it can be a great way to see more immediate results. However, not everyone’s body reacts well to collagen injections.
Another popular injection option is Botox. Botox injections can temporarily paralyze muscles, causing a tightness that makes the skin look more smooth. Unfortunately, the effect of Botox is only temporary, which means that you would need regular injections to maintain the results. Therefore, you have to factor in time, money, and general discomfort when you are deciding whether or not to have Botox injections.
Resurfacing Your Skin with Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peels
Another option you have to treat certain skin problems is that you can have your skin resurfaced, which simply means that you can have dirt, debris, and dead skin cells removed. That can allow healthier skin cells underneath to take over, giving your skin a revitalized look.
Certain laser machines can be used to resurface the skin, but some people can’t have laser treatments because of their particular skin types. If your skin makes you a poor candidate for laser treatments, chemical peels or microdermabrasion might work for you instead.
No matter which type of skincare procedure you have in mind, remember to get professional advice. Reputable skincare clinics won’t perform procedures without doing a consultation anyway. But it’s always best to be proactive and talk your options over with your own dermatologist or doctor first. The more professional advice you get, the easier it will be to care for your skin not just right now, but also on an ongoing basis.