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Are you what’s aging your skin?

skin careThere’s no avoiding getting older, and with aging inevitably comes wrinkles and sagging skin. Fortunately for all of us, modern cosmetic procedures can do a lot to help us fight the signs of aging. Call us today for your treatment consultation:

212.308.4600 or 516.587.0456.  But the passing of time isn’t the only reason for crow’s feet and age spots.

Genetics play a role

When we gather with a group of friends in our age group, there’s no denying that everyone ages differently. And we’ve all probably heard a particularly well-preserved celebrity say they owe it all to “good genes,” and that’s partially true. How we age is definitely tied to how our mothers and grandmothers aged – and there’s nothing we can do about that. But there are other forces at work when it comes to how we age — ones we can do something about. Here’s how:

Always use sunscreen

Ninety percent of the visible signs of aging are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You might think you already know about sun protection, even wearing sunscreen and a hat whenever you go to the pool or beach. The trouble with that behavior is the sun can damage unprotected skin anytime you expose yourself to it, even driving in your car.

Cut back on sugar (or cut it out altogether)

It seems like we’re finally getting the message about the dangers of a diet high in sugar. Along with being bad for your health, it’s not good for your skin. Sugary foods and beverages, as well as simple carbs and high-glycemic foods, all cause inflammation of the skin, and glycation, a process that weakens our collagen and elastin.

Get consistent, good sleep
Lack of sleep makes everything more difficult, but it also can lead to elevated levels of inflammatory stress hormone that lead to wrinkles. And if you’re not getting sleep, your skin doesn’t have time to regenerate.

Avoiding wrinkles starts early

Sunscreen, gentle cleansing and not picking are three good ways to avoid damaging your skin. And there’s a reason more and more people in their 20s are starting their Botox treatments: preventing wrinkles is better than treating them.

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