Anti-aging Part 1

The physical signs of aging can be prevented and partially reversed through several modalities. Most important is sun protection. Adopting a year-round regimen of sun protection is the first line of defense against photo aging. This includes wearing a broad spectrum sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher (don’t forget to reapply!), avoiding the sun when UV irradiation is at its strongest (10 am through 4 pm here on the east coast), and sun protective clothing.

The only medical therapy proven to reduce the appearance of photo aged skin is topical retinoids. A vitamin A derivative, retinoids help reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. Additionally, they can improve skin color through increasing production of new vessels and fade age spots by sloughing off the discolored skin and decreasing production of melanin. It is never too early to start a retinoid!

Contact NP Luxe Esthetics and let us help you find the best comprehensive anti aging regimen suited for your lifestyle.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17014485

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/photoaging

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/do-retinoids-really-reduce-wrinkles

Skin Aging

The skin is the ultimate protective barrier between our internal organs and the outside environment - this is a big responsibility! Skin aging is influenced by several factors including genetics, environmental exposure (UV irradiation), hormonal changes and metabolic processes. Combined, these factors impact alterations of skin structure, function and appearance. Being constantly exposed to the outside elements, the skin is vulnerable premature aging. In fact, UV radiation is the single major factor responsible for skin aging. Photo-aging involves the premature aging of skin due to cumulative exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This results in the appearance of fine and coarse wrinkles, dyspigmentation (“age spots”), and loss of elasticity. Fortunately, photo-damage can be partially prevented and reversed with proper sun protection and various prescription medications and interventions. Contact NP Luxe Esthetics to find out how we can help you prevent and reverse the signs of photo-aging.

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Skin Aging 

 

Sources: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699641/

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/photoaging