Aging doesn’t happen over night; it’s a process. And wrinkles and lines can appear slowly and subtly, in ways that you might not notice at first. Then there are those deep lines that initially appear as part of a big, purposeful facial expression, but then seem to stick around, even when your face is relaxed – like wrinkles across the forehead, between the eyes and around the mouth. Those are the wrinkles we can start to notice to the point or distraction. That’s when it could be time to call Dr. Bruck: 212.308.4600 or 516.587.0456.
Botox to relax those wrinkles or fillers to smooth them out can both be good options for managing some of the most obvious signs of aging. But when it comes to anti-aging, there are also things you can do to take better care of your skin, before and after you have a professional treatment. Here are four important ones to consider:
- Wear sunscreen, all day, every day
Sunscreen can protect your skin from the damage (aging) caused by ultraviolet radiation. Keeping your face out of the sun also allows the skin to somewhat repair previous damage the sun has caused, such as gradually lightening some of those dark spots.
- Don’t smoke, ever
Smoking decreases the skin’s natural ability to fight off damage, giving you more wrinkles, deeper wrinkles and thinner, uneven skin.
- Get as much sugar out of your diet as possible
Most of us don’t think about reducing sugar in our diets as a method for improving our skin, but here’s why we should. Simple carbohydrates (refined sugar, white bread, soda, etc.) cause insulin levels to spike and a burst of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, creating wrinkles and saggy skin.
- Properly manage the two Ss (sleep and stress)
Sleeping releases melatonin, the body’s natural antioxidant, which helps your skin cells repair and regenerate. Stress, on the other hand, causes inflammatory signals (we just read how that causes wrinkles and sagging) to be released. Studies have also shown that stress can worsen acne, eczema, skin dehydration and overall appearance.