Anti Aging Tips
We have all read about the top ways to take care of our skin to keep it young and healthy looking. It is emphasized and proven that we all need to follow the basics: don’t smoke, drink lots of water, limit alcohol intake, sugar and caffeine, eat lots of veggies and exercise.
However, there are some secret tips that patients in Beverly Hills are doing that are uncommon yet extremely effective.
1. Dermaplaning: This is a technique that has been around for many years that I swear by and always recommend. It is safe for every skin type and does not have adverse side effects. It can be done by an aesthetician who has been specifically trained on how to do this procedure. Dermaplaning essentially exfoliates your face with a blunt scalpel or razor blade, removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the surface of the skin. It does not hurt, and afterwards, skin is mildly red for an hour or so afterwards. The exfoliation process helps improve cellular turnover, promotes skin tightening, and all skin care products, as well as make up products will penetrate more effectively and go on smoothly. Any facial hair that is removed does not grow back any thicker or stronger, and your skin is radiant and smooth.
2. Dermaroller: This technique has gained in popularity in the last year with great results. It essentially is a small roller that has very small micro needles attached around it, and it is rolled over the skin. The goal of this procedure is to cause microscopic punctures in the skin, which in turn stimulates collagen production, decreased pore size, and skin tightening. When this is done in office in conjunction with vitamin infusions, skin is smooth, vibrant, and tight. Patients love this treatment, and there are several at home kits online as well. I recommend consulting a professional before trying this at home. There is mild redness afterwards and the procedure is painless and easy.
3. Be pro-active with fillers and injectables. In the last decade, there has been a flood of anti-aging fillers an injectable products that help stop the wrinkle formation in its tracks. When done in moderation, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin will temporarily freeze the muscle so that it can no longer contract, stopping the wrinkle from forming. Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can be used around the mouth as soon as depressions start to show. The key is to start early, and not to wait until serious damage starts to show. Most female patients start to use injectables in their 30’s and men in their early 40’s. The goal of injectable toxins and fillers is to walk out of the office looking like a refreshed version of yourself, subtle and not over done.
There are many products and procedures out there that claim to turn back time, decrease wrinkles, limit sagging, and refresh our skin to a younger looking state. The key with everything is to start early and in moderation. Celebrities over the age of 40 who look beautiful and young have constantly maintained their skin by addressing early signs of aging immediately. This does not always mean surgery; this is done by small procedures or “minor tweaks” to help keep them looking the same.
Facials, Dermaplaning, Dermarollers and injectables can take patients a long way before having the need for surgical intervention. This is a great habit that can be adopted by anyone. For those on a budget, there are exfoliating products out there as well as retinoid creams in drug stores that can help anyone start their skin care early.