5 Secrets to Looking Years Younger
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wished you could see a younger version of yourself, these skin care secrets may be just the “magic” tools you need. In truth, the aging process is inevitable and there’s no way to completely stop it from happening. But there are ways that you can significantly slow it down and even reverse some of its effects.
1. Eat Right
They say that you are what you eat, and when it comes to healthy skin, that certainly may be true. Eating the right vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients can help your body–including your skin– function properly and repair and restore itself. Some excellent food choices to help boost your skin health include:
- Olive oil. You may be familiar with the idea of “good” fats and “bad” fats, and olive oil is a perfect example of one very “good” fat, as it is primarily comprised of monounsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids, along with the strong antioxidant properties of the polyphenols found in olive oil, have been shown to decrease the risk of skin photoaging (PLOS ONE).
- Tomatoes. Lycopene, another strong antioxidant, is found in high concentrations in tomatoes. It has been shown to offer UV protection and may therefore help to prevent sunburn and photoaging caused by the sun (Annual Review of Food Science and Technology). While tomatoes shouldn’t be used in place of sunscreen, they may offer additional sun protection from the inside thanks to their antioxidant qualities.
- Bell peppers. When many people think of vitamin C, citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits often come to mind. But colored bell peppers (red, orange, and yellow) actually contain three times more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is yet another powerful antioxidant that may have skin brightening and UV-prevention properties (Indian Dermatology Online Journal).
2. Professional Anti-Aging Products
Just as eating foods that are rich in antioxidants can give your skin a boost, applying topical antioxidants can be just as beneficial. When shopping for these products, however, it’s best to choose professional products from a reputable source, as some ingredients, such as vitamin C, become ineffective if not formulated, packaged, and stored correctly.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are high quality vitamin C serums that can help to improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration. If you’re interested in trying these products, Acqua Blu Medical Spa offers a wide range of SkinCeuticals skin care items in our retail boutiques located in Pittsburgh and Wexford.
3. Use Sunscreen
The sun is possibly the largest contributor to skin aging, so it would stand to reason that protecting your skin from its harmful UV radiation can help to prevent premature aging. Moreover, UV exposure can also lead to serious skin diseases such as melanoma and other skin cancers, so applying a daily sunscreen should be a staple in every skin care regimen.
4. Laser Skin Tightening
Thanks to advancements in laser technology, there are a variety of minimally invasive procedures now available to help tighten loose, sagging skin and restore a smoother, more youthful appearance.
SkinTyte is one of the latest innovations in cosmetic treatments. It uses infrared energy to tighten and smooth skin comfortably with little to no side effects. As targeted heating is applied, it causes the contraction of collagen and the coagulation of soft tissues. This triggers the body’s natural healing response, resulting in the look and feel of firmer, smoother skin.
5. Facial Rejuvenation
There are also a number of facial rejuvenation treatments that don’t require surgery, yet can reverse the hands of time and restore a younger-looking complexion. Laser skin resurfacing procedures like Forever Young BBL can help to improve overall skin tone and texture, resulting in a fresh, smooth appearance.
Facial treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels work by exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris to reveal the fresh layer of skin underneath. These treatments can also help to reduce the appearance of large pores and even acne scars.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’ve just noticed your first wrinkle or you’ve been struggling for years to find the right anti-aging strategy for your complexion, there are a number of convenient and effective treatment options available to help restore a younger look and feel to your skin.
For more information about your rejuvenation options, or to schedule a consultation with a member of our skilled, experienced team, please contact Acqua Blu Medical Spa at (724) 933-1800 and take the next step toward loving the skin you’re in.