For many years, people have been in search of the fountain of youth. If there was such a thing, we would all be ready to dive right in without a second thought. At the end of the day, you can't battle the inevitable aging process. It happens to the best of us.
Dr. Michael Byun, MD, the esteemed surgeon with the "Magic Hands", shares his tips on conquering the aging skin.
What affects the aging process? An important thing to remember is that your lifestyle choices affect the aging process of your skin. Sun exposure, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, and lack of exercise and sleep all contribute to how the skin ages.
Studies have shown that wearing sun protection daily has anti-aging benefits. Byun
recommends using water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. SPF 15 sunscreens filter about 93% of the sunlight so it is great for everyday use but a higher SPF should be used when exposed to sunlight for longer periods of time. Don't forget to reapply every 2 hours.
Ultraviolet rays can cause wrinkles, sun patches, brown spots, discoloration, and sagging of the skin, as well as increase your chances of skin cancer. Overexposure of ultraviolet rays is the leading cause of skin cancer, which can be easily preventable.
If you are smoking or drinking excessively, think about reducing significantly. Smoking accelerates the aging process by depleting Vitamin C, which is essential to your skin's health. Smoking can also cause the skin to have a grayish-tone, giving you a dull and pale
Alcohol dehydrates your body leaving your skin dry, which causes the skin to wrinkle more quickly. Over time, alcohol can dilate the blood vessels and can even leave permanent damage such as spider veins.
Laser skin resurfacing is known to be a technique for
dramatically reducing any sun damage to the skin, uneven
colored pigments, wrinkles, and
reducing any aging lines. The
procedure is performed with a handheld device to gently remove the damaged layers of the skin. The laser light penetrates the skin with a heating sensation giving you a smoother and more youthful look. Recovery period for the
procedure is about 2-3 weeks,
depending on how the body reacts to the treatment.