A Brief Guide to Anti-Aging

Did you know that almost ninety percent of Americans have fears when they think about getting old

It’s no surprise to anyone that as humans age, their beauty naturally starts to decay. Skin sags, wrinkles, suffers from redness, gets damaged by the sun, yellows, loses its texture, and develops growths. However, did you know that there are options out there to help you stay as beautiful as you have always been? 

Anti-aging products are products — usually creams and moisturizers — which make you look younger through by reducing, masking, and reversing the effects of aging on the skin. 

But what are the best anti-aging treatments and anti-aging procedures? Is there a particular anti-aging cream you should be using? An anti-aging serum?

This article will walk you through everything you need to know about this vibrant new industry.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are treatments designed to remove the outermost layer of skin. Chemicals are issued to create a controlled injury on the skin. The skin underneath which takes it over winds up fresh looking and replenished. 

The process is referred to as a peel because the dead skin peels off when the new skin grows in. Chemical peels are usually only advised under the supervision of a medical professional.

Many people dislike medical peels due to the pain they can cause and the long recovery times. After you get a chemical peel, you most likely won’t be able to go to work for some time. 

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a less painful — albeit more expensive — option than chemical peels for skin resurfacing. They work the same way, purposefully damaging the outer layer of skin so that it dies off and allows fresh new skin to find its way inside. 

Laser resurfacing does this by increasing collagen production. Collagen is a structural protein that is the main component of connective tissue. When you stimulate collagen production, you allow new, flexible skin to be born. 

You might be surprised by just how much science can account for human beauty and aesthetics. What was once considered spiritual and ephemeral, is now looked at as a product of certain aspects of chemistry. If this interests you, check out this great website we found, which is dedicated to medical aesthetics

Botox 

Botox works similarly, as a form of controlled damage. The injection of botox — a chemical, unlike collagen, which is foreign to the human body, blocks the nerve impulses of certain tissues and causes temporary muscular paralysis. This paralysis is useful because it prevents muscular movements which cause an aesthetic imperfection. 

Botox is only a temporary fix, unfortunately, usually lasting for around 6-9 months. However, botox is also significantly cheaper than laser resurfacing and chemical peels.

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are creams, serums, lotions and gels, that work to improve skin tone, texture, and wrinkles. They can be administered by anyone, and don’t need the supervision of a medical professional. A single cream will cost less than a treatment, but the costs can add up if you buy many. 

The effectiveness of the creams you use is largely dependent on your type of skin, and the ingredients in the particular moisturizer. Let’s look at some of the most popular ingredients. 

Retinoids 

Retinoids are, in essence, vitamin A compounds. They repair skin that’s damaged by the sun and reduce wrinkles. They work by increasing the production of collagen. 

Hydroxy Acids

Hydroxy acids work to remove dead skin cells, which cause your skin to look worse than it could. The process of removing skin cells is known as exfoliation, so you can consider hydroxy acids exfoliants. Hydroxy acids and retinoids work together to provide the one-two punch of the most effective moisturizing products. 

Tea Extracts

If you’re concerned that all of this sounds just a bit too chemical, don’t worry. Natural ingredients are used as well, such as tea extracts. Green, black, and oolong tea can have anti-inflammatory properties, which improve wrinkles and skin texture. 

Vitamin C 

Here’s something you’ve probably heard of before. Vitamin C — commonly found in orange juice — does wonders for the skin. Vitamin C helps prevent sun damage before it ever even happens. 

Niacinamide

Niacinamide is an antioxidant, which works to reduce water loss in the skin and improve its elasticity. Water loss is known to be one of the leading causes of an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. 

Regiments

The last article on this list isn’t so much a treatment as a lifestyle adjustment. To stay away from wrinkles, many people choose to avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sun exposure, after all, has been proven to be one of the most damaging things for the skin

To get away from this, people generally try to cover up their faces whenever possible. They’ll wear sun hats when they’re out in the sun, and make sure they stay under an umbrella on the beach. They’ll also often choose products that have built-in sunscreen, so they make sure to stay away from its effects at all times. 

These people will often give up smoking as well. Smoking causes the narrowing of blood vessels, which can quickly wrinkle the outer layers of the skin. The skin of smokers often sags and wrinkles prematurely. 

Learn as Much as You Can About Anti-Aging  

Anti-aging is a new industry, that’s still developing. Make sure you take a scientific approach to new products and don’t trust absolutely everything people tell you.

For now, however, consider the various advantages and disadvantages of Chemical Peels,  Laser Resurfacing, Botox, Moisturizers, and Regiments. 

For more articles like this, check out our “beauty” section. 

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