People from all over the world try to combat aging, and there are products as well as treatments that promise to help. Are they effective at putting a person in charge of how fast or slow they age, though? The answer is a combination of “yes” and “no”.

What Cannot Be Controlled

Although skin wrinkling, sagging skin, and hollow cheeks are normal signs of aging, they are not changes you can control. There are a number of reasons why.

Several of the patients we see examine the similarity between how they look and how their parents look. What we know is that the genes you inherit determine what skin type you will have, your bone structure, and symmetry. Your genes will also have an effect on your body’s response to time, the sun, and other things. This is something you have no control over.

The anatomy of your face affects how it ages, and this is not something you can control. How your face will look in later years depends on the strength of the muscles in your face. Muscles found in the area between the eyebrows will contribute to wrinkles if these muscles are strong or highly active when natural expressions are made.

Gravity affects the way the skin ages. You cannot control gravity. As time goes by, the pulling of the skin caused by gravity will increase and make the skin sag.

What You Can Control

Though there are many causes of aging you cannot control, there are several you can control. The effort to do so is easy.

Wrinkles, dull skin, and dark spots can be prevented by not exposing your skin to the sun without sun protection. By applying an effective sunscreen and staying out of the sun when it is the strongest, premature skin aging can be avoided.

Accelerated skin aging can be avoided by not smoking. When you frequently hold a cigarette in your mouth, wrinkles eventually form around the area of your mouth and on your forehead. Smoking also ages the skin by making it less resilient as it lowers the level of oxygen in the body. These are just some of the effects smoking has on the body.

Drinking too much alcohol causes skin problems. The amount of alcohol you drink can be controlled. Alcohol causes the skin to become discolored, and it causes broken blood vessels. Drinking alcohol also contributes to some loss of muscle tone.

A poor diet will accelerate aging. Skin aging can be controlled by practicing healthy eating, adhering to a balanced diet, and by including plenty of fruits and vegetables in your meals. Foods to avoid are sugar, unhealthy fats, and foods that are processed.
What You Can Do To Combat Skin Aging

By taking the information above seriously and changing the things you do accordingly, you can improve the appearance of your skin. You can also help combat skin aging by using the best skincare products, and by having anti-aging skin care treatments.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Products: Under the category of products that fight skin aging, you will find several that produce beautiful results right away and over an extended period of time. To choose effective products like these, make sure they contain ingredients such as retinol. Growth factors are another ingredient that you want to see in the products you buy. We carry a full line of Obagi skin care products.

Chemical Peels: A chemical peel can also improve the skin’s appearance. Chemical peels utilize the application of a special formula that renews the skin’s surface by removing skin cells. Old cells are eliminated so that new skin cells can take their place. Results include revitalized skin that looks and feels smoother than before. With regular treatments, you can have skin that always looks young and radiant.

Micro-Needling: Micro-needling is an effective treatment to combat skin aging. When micro-needling is performed, tiny channels are made by going through the skin’s surface. When this procedure is done, new tissue grows, and natural growth factors are released. Scar and hyperpigmentation repair and healing takes place. This treatment encourages the body to produce collagen, and it helps to lessen skin wrinkling and dark spots caused by aging.

Laser Treatments: With the help of a special laser, your skin can be tightened, and dark spots that have appeared due to aging and sun exposure can be treated. Laser treatments also resurface the skin and help with other skin related issues. Visible improvement can be seen right away, and the results get better as time moves along. , To learn which option is best for you please call 215-315-7655 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Kole today.