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Dealing With Aging And The Treatments To Help Restore A Youthful Appearance

Mar 31, 2017 10:15:00 AM / by Mr. Fuan Chan

If you’re concerned about aging, or rather the signs of aging (we all have to age unfortunately!), it’s best to consider an all-round holistic approach. You want to boost the skin’s own health to keep it in as good a condition as possible, and general health – a fit body and mind - are also essential. Skincare can help a lot too, and then there are of course cosmetic procedures that can address a lot of concerns and help you restore and enhance your natural beauty.

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While it is advisable to pay attention to your skin health and overall health when you’re young, it is never too late to start caring for yourself and this in turn will help you look better for longer.

What causes aging?

There are two types of aging: intrinsic (genetic) and extrinsic (environmental). We are, in a sense, at the mercy of intrinsic aging. It’s caused by free radicals and their degenerative effect on the cells. It’s part of the natural process of life. Over time, this has a cumulative impact and eventually you will see some visible signs of this process, such as fine lines and wrinkles, and a loss of firmness and volume, whatever we do.

However, extrinsic aging is a different thing altogether. When we think of aging skin, we tend to think of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation or dark spots, and a loss of that youthful volume and radiance. Well it can be quite shocking to realise that most of these ‘signs of aging’ are in fact signs of sun damage.

Exposure to UV throughout our lives, be it incidental day-to-day sunlight somewhere like Ireland or those sun holidays you take every now and again, all impacts on skin. The UV rays penetrate the skin and damage the cells, resulting in dullness, loss of firmness, dark spots and lines. UV damage is also responsible for most cases of skin cancer, so the sun is something to be mindful of for many reasons.

So how can we slow the clock of aging, as it were? There are a few things you can do.

Use SPF every day

Most skin experts will tell you, if you’re concerned about the signs of aging and want to take steps to minimise it, the best thing you can do is to use a good quality, broad spectrum SPF every day. Pay attention to more than your face as well, as the neck, décolletage and backs of hands and make sure to protect them properly, as all show the effects of the sun – and all should be protected from a skin cancer perspective too.

Give your lifestyle a health upgrade

Anyone who has undergone a period of stress or sleeplessness will know that these factors have a visible effect on skin, from deepening frown lines to the lifeless dullness skin experiences after a time under stress. For so many reasons it’s important to get stress levels in check and take time out to relax. Team this with a healthy diet, rich in fruit and vegetables and low in processed carbohydrates and sugar. Drink lots of water and, of course, if you smoke, try to give up or cut back. You will soon see the positive effects on your face.

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Have a complexion refresh

There are many cosmetic surgery procedures you can undergo to restore a youthful appearance, including a faceliftneck lift or brow lift, but not everybody is keen to have surgery done unless it is absolutely necessary. Instead, there are lots of non-invasive treatments available that work to refresh and revive the complexion without any commitment to surgery.

Peels can be a very effective step for reviving the complexion – even around the eye area – and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Injectables are another option. Botox is particularly good for smoothing out expression lines, which can actually rejuvenate the whole face.

Finally, dermal fillers can fill out fine lines and wrinkles and can also address the loss of volume skin can experience as we age. More and more people are turning to them as a solution to restore a youthful appearance and in the hands of a good cosmetic surgeon this is very possible.

If you are considering ways to fight the signs of aging with non-invasive treatments, or a cosmetic surgery procedure, we can advise on the best options for you. Contact us to arrange a consultation.

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