A Guide to More Youthful-Looking Skin

From top-shelf skincare products to laser skin resurfacing, the options for keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy are more plentiful than ever. Eating the right foods, protecting your skin from excessive sun, and getting adequate sleep are all important if you want to maintain smooth, glowing skin.

But let’s be honest. Most of us snack on chips, forget to apply sunscreen, and stay up way too late. At least some of the time. Our skin’s texture suffers as a consequence. But there are plenty of ways to reverse this damage, as I’ll point out below. So, don’t despair.


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Start With Nutrition

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and what you consume effects its health and appearance. Foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals play a critical role in supporting skin cell turnover, hydration, fighting off damage caused by free radicals, and encouraging elasticity and collagen growth. Trust me, those are all good things.

Your shopping list should include fatty fish, avocados, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and tomatoes. Did I mention dark chocolate and red wine? It’s true, both consumed in moderation are good for your skin. (The dark chocolate should be at least 70% cocoa to minimize sugar consumption.)

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Next, Skin Care Products

A daily skin care regimen using top-of-the-line, professional-grade products is essential for keeping your skin looking young and healthy. The choices can be overwhelming, but a good routine includes the right sunscreen, cleansing products, and other specialty products chosen specifically for your skin type. UV exposure and age-related loss of collagen and elasticity combine to cause various effects, including wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven texture. Reducing visible signs of aging involves using products made with ingredients such as antioxidants and vitamins that continually hydrate the skin to restore and revitalize facial tone and texture.

Here are some suggestions:

Dr. Brandt® Skincare

  • Do Not Age moisturizing neck cream
  • 2% retinol complex serum
  • No More Baggage™ (for dark circles and bags under the eyes)

KORRES

  • AHAs & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask
  • Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser

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Finally, See a Professional

Age finally catches up to most of us, and some of us see the effects earlier than others. Wrinkles gradually develop every time we squint, smile, look surprised, or frown. These “dynamic wrinkles,” such as crow’s feet, worry lines, and horizontal forehead lines, can be minimized with injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic. In San Ramon and Tracy, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas McNemar offers a rewards program called HintMD that can save you money on injections of Dysport®, which is similar to BOTOX. What many people don’t realize is that BOTOX and Dysport can actually postpone, if not prevent, these types of wrinkles.

Women in their mid to late-20s are making “preventive BOTOX” a thing because the injections work by immobilizing the tiny facial muscles that contract when our faces change expressions. Not only does that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines, it can also delay their development.

Besides injectables, laser skin resurfacing is another popular anti-aging treatment. Lasers treat a range of skin conditions, including sun damage, discoloration, uneven texture, and sagging.


Keeping your skin looking young is an ongoing challenge that involves daily vigilance and periodic steps to correct what skincare products can’t prevent.

 

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