Rejuvenation procedures can return your appearance to a more youthful one, but unfortunately they cannot stop the aging process. Here is a brief information about some of the most famous anti-aging treatments in the world.
Every year your skin thins by around 1% as collagen production cells diminish. The Isolagen technique uses your own cells to generate new collagen to plump skin, smooth scars and fill wrinkles. A skin sample is taken from behind your ear and fibroblasts are isolated and cultured so millions of new cells grow. After ten weeks your newly grown skin cells are injected back where they replace lost cells and start producing new collagen, followed by a second treatment 5-7 weeks later. A local or topical anaesthetic is given to minimise any discomfort during the biopsy and the injections. After the procedure there could be some mild irritation and pain.
Isolagen treats frown lines, crow’s feet, wrinkles round lips and eyes, scars caused by acne etc. The best thing about the Isolagen technique is that the results of Isolagen treatment on your skin can last for up to six years.
In this treatment, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Restylane gel into the skin. This gel is made from biosynthesized hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in all living organisms and provides volume and fullness to the skin (similar to the skin’s own moisture-binding substance). The Restyline is good for lifting lines, wrinkles, plumping lips. It usually takes around 50 minutes and no skin-tests are needed. Usually the results are instant.
The Restyline lasts 5 to 10 months for wrinkles, and 6 months for lips.
Restyline treatment can be used for wrinkles correction, lip enhancement, correcting fine lines, it is also used for shaping facial contours.
Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains /crystals/ to buff away the surface layer of skin.
The microdermabrasion is more than exfoliation, but gentler than a chemical peel.
Micro-fine mineral crystals are air-blasted onto the skin with a vacuum pump to shift dead cells and blocked pores so skin is left fresher and smoother. The most common types of crystals used are corundum or aluminium oxide. With this treatment a high-speed mini-sander is used to remove the top layer of the skin. After the procedure the skin looks brighter and feels clean and soft, lines seem less pronounced. Dermabrasion smooth wrinkles, refine and clear enlarged pores, clogged pores, and face acne scars.
The standard treatment lasts around an hour, with optimal results after 5 weekly sessions.
Botox is the brand name of a drug formulated from the natural proteins of botulinium toxin type. Botox is the most popular anti-aging procedure in the world. Injected into the muscle, it binds on the nerve endings and blocks impulse that make muscle contract and cause wrinkles.
Botox specifically produces:
- a softening of the facial creases and folds that result when certain facial expressions are made
- a restored balance in cases of facial asymmetry due to inadequate muscle action or inaction in the face
Botox works best on brow, frown lines and crow’s feet. If the lines are too deeper, it is often used in conjunction with filler or with facial peels.
The treatment usually takes 5 to 6 minutes and the effect takes one week to reach its peak and last for about six months.
Botox is administered by specially trained, board-certified plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, dermatologists.
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Routine – Basic Steps
Of all influences that cause aging of the skin, appearance of dark spots and wrinkles and fine lines, no single one is as important as the sunlight. The harmful sun’s rays are responsible for premature aging of the skin. Excessive sun exposure leads to appearance of brown spots, appearance and accentuation of wrinkles and fine lines, skin discolorations. The damage caused by the sun is the leading cause of skin aging as the sun impacts collagen production in the skin (the sun’s rays penetrate deeply and destroy skin fibres and elasticity causing long-term effects).
A good sunscreen will give you immediate protection against both UVA and UVB rays, which can cause sunburn and wrinkles. The sun protecting products deliver long-lasting moisture where it is required, vitamin D and vitamin E to combat the free radicals, they help prevent premature aging and sun damage. During the hotter summer months apply facial sunscreen with SPF at least 15 every day to minimize the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, wrinkles, skin discolorations. Today most of the cosmetics products such as foundations, face powders and lipsticks also offer sun protection (with SPF 15 or higher).
You should start using and applying as early as possible as it will deliver benefits later in life.
Remember: using and applying sunscreen every day is the best way to prevent sun damage and skin aging, that’s why wearing sunscreen that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays is probably the most important part of anti-aging skin care routine.
The key to healthy, beautiful and younger-looking facial skin is proper cleansing to remove oil, dirt, makeup, dead surface cells and other impurities that come to rest on and under the skin. It should be cleansed at least two times a day – in the morning and in the evening. Using facial cleansers is essential part of the basic skin-care routine. The cleansers leave the skin feeling clean, smooth and non-oily.There is a wide range of different cleansing products appropriate for different skin types. They not only remove the impurities and oils, embedded in your pores, but they also moisturize and nourish, remove the dead skin cells and shrink large pores.
Choose a cleanser that suits your type and doesn’t dry. Look for a mild facial cleanser containing glycolic acid or hydroxy acids. Use a facial toner to remove any traces of makeup residue and to nourish. The toners remove the traces of makeup, dirt and oil that your cleanser may have missed. They also reduce pores, eliminate oil and refine the skin. What they do in addition to making it feel tighter, is prepare the skin for moisturizers.
Exfoliating the skin regularly is very important for every age and for every skin type. Exfoliating the skin boost the skin’s natural cell-shedding process which slows down as we age. When exfoliating you remove the dead skin cells and the oils that can cause pores to plug and lead to problems like blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and acne. Exfoliating will encourage a newer, smoother and healthier skin surface by helping to unclog pores, prevent breakouts and diminish dry lines, blemishes and pigmentation spots. If you don’t remove these cells regularly they can clog the sebaceous pores and make it look dull, patchy and older-looking. Make sure the exfoliator suits your type and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients or chemicals. Exfoliating twice a week should be enough to keep clean and to restore its glow. Don’t exfoliate your face more than twice as over-exfoliating may result in removing healthy new skin and may lead to hypersensitivity.
Remember: exfoliating your face at least twice a week should be an integral part of your anti-aging skin care routine.
As we age our skin becomes less elastic and smooth as the production of natural oils slows, resulting in dull, dehydrated skin. That’s why it’s essential to replenish the lost moisture with a good moisturizer or a hydrating cream. A good hydrating face cream that helps skin to retain moisture will plump your skin and will boost cell performance. A quality cream will create a barrier against possible moisture loss and reconstitute the hydrolipidic film on the skin’s surface. The better the quality of your moisturizer the more protection from dryness it will give you. If you are concerned with blemishes you might try oil-free moisturizer. Always make sure your moisturizer is appropriate for your skin type and look for a moisturizing product that provides sun protection (with SPF 15 or higher). Apply moisturizer every time you feel your skin tight and dry and don’t forget to moisturize your neck too.
Using anti-aging skincare products is crucial in order keep your skin healthy and younger-looking. Most of the anti-aging products contain Retinol, collagen, alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamins and minerals which are known to help stop the signs of aging and to erase fine lines and wrinkles.When applied to the skin the ingredients that the anti-aging cream contains inhibit muscle movements to soften wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles to form. The ingredients penetrate the outer layer of the skin and work to repair and stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin.The anti-aging creams help rebuild the skin’s support structure, define cheekbones and help repair any signs of sagging around the neck and chin. As well as fighting fine lines and wrinkles the anti-aging products help renews your skin’s elasticity by stimulating its natural healing process. Most of the women and men begin using anti-aging creams once they reach 30s while the others start using anti-aging products at an early stage.
Use a day cream that sinks in quickly and easily providing a barrier against pollutants and the drying effects of indoor and outdoor environments. Look for anti-wrinkle cream that contains Retinoids as they normalize cell renewal, diminish fine lines and wrinkles and increase cell turnover.
Use a night cream
Before going to bed, apply a regenerating night cream. It’ll protect your skin from the loss of moisture and the skin will look be more elastic and fresh in the morning.
Use an eye cream
The eyes also need attention. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and sensitive, and that’s why you should use special eye creams or gels that are specifically made for the delicate eye area. Most of them contain ingredients that relax the muscles, vitamins, retinol and collagen. Use an anti-aging eye cream in the morning and at night. In the morning – a product that treats the dark circles under the eyes, and in the evening – for nourishing the delicate skin. Most of the eye creams and serums contain retinol, collagen, alpha-hydroxy acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and cucumber extract.
DO A FACE MASKS
Do a face mask once or twice a week to give it a deep cleanse – essential if it is exposed to pollutants. The facial masks are probably the easiest way to maintain a beautiful and healthy skin. There are different types of masks appropriate for different skin types. When applying a mask once or twice a week your skin will be smoother, softer and cleaner.
If your skin is oily or combination try a clay-based mask to tighten your skin and shrink enlarged pores. Hydrating face masks work best for mature skin.
Remember: firming and hydrating face masks should be essential part of your anti-aging skin care regimen as your skin will need more moisture and nourishing.
MASSAGE YOUR FACE
Massaging your face is a good way to keep it healthy-looking. When massaging your face you will stimulate blood circulation and relax your face and neck muscles, relieving the visible signs of tiredness and aging. Massaging your face in the morning or in the evening will boost your blood circulation and will warm your skin so skincare products sink in faster; skin feels firmer and more glowing. Facial massage reduces the unattractive fleshiness, tightens the tissues and muscles and increases blood circulation. It will help keep the skin hydrated and encourage you to relax.
FOLLOW A PROPER DIET
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for healthy and young-looking skin. The more nutrients you send to your skin cells, the healthier your skin is going to be. Eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible – they are not only loaded with vitamins and minerals but they are also a rich source of biologically active ingredients. Eat foods rich in antioxidants – citrus fruits, oranges, red vegetables, fresh salads, cereals. Avoid eating fatty or oily foods.
KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED
It’s crucial to drink plenty of water daily to keep your skin and body well-hydrated and to get rid of the toxins in your organism. Drink at least 1.5 liter of mineral water per day.
Get into a routine of exercise that fits with your lifestyle. Find a way to exercise that enjoy so you will stay motivated to work out.
- Look for anti-aging products with soy as it will help moisturize and firm the skin.
- Take collagen capsules.
- Use products that stimulate blood circulation and encourage oxygenation – this will help fight dehydration and imbalances such as excessive oil production and dryness.
- Eat foods rich in antioxidants – citrus fruits, fresh salads, fish, oranges, strawberries, red vegetables.
- Use a face cream with Retin A as it’s clinically proven to increase your skin’s collagen production.
- Always consult a professional before buying anti-aging skincare products – many women use the wrong products.
- For anti-aging skin boost, take an Omega-3 capsules daily.
- Exfoliate your skin at least twice a week to remove the dead skin cells.
- Always use skincare products and makeup products that suit your skin type.
- Never use skincare products that are too rough or harsh on your skin.
- Look for skincare products and makeup products that offer sun protection.
- Always remove your makeup in the evening with a mild makeup remover.
- Look for products containing more natural ingredients – essential oil, Aloe Vera, honey, chamomile, vitamins, minerals.
- Drink plenty of mineral water daily.
- Never go out in the sun without wearing a sunscreen.
- If your skin is prone to breakout choose oil-free, non-comedogenic and acnegenic products.
- Use an anti-aging eye cream.
- Quit smoking and limit the alcohol consumption.
- Never wash your face with soaps or harsh cleansers.
- At night remove the makeup carefully. Apply cleansing milk and remove the mascara firstly and when you have removed the makeup completely apply an eye cream again.
- Wear hats and black sunglasses especially during the summer.
- Never over cleanse your skin – you can seriously irritate it.
- A moisturizer should always be applied to a clean and toned face.
- Do firming or hydrating face masks twice a keep to keep your mature skin glowing.
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