Friday, May 2, 2008

What Causes My Skin to Age?

What Causes My Skin to Age?
Author: Patricia Woloch

Sunlight, aging and diet all cause profound changes in our skin. Of the three, too much unprotected exposure to sunlight may have the greatest effect including:

• Premature aging
• Skin cancer
• Wrinkles
• Lowered immunity
• Freckling and other pigment changes
• Age spots and discoloration
• Easy bruising
• Spider veins
• Blotchiness
• Actinic keratoses (thick, wart-like, rough, reddish patches)

Unprotected overexposure to UV rays and a diet high in fats, sugars and carbohydrates can hasten the natural aging process. Our skin is the first place to show these changes. The bottom line? When we look good, we feel good. And that boost in confidence shows in every aspect of our lives.

Other Contributing Factors

Facial Exercises: Repetitive facial movements cause fine lines and wrinkles. If you perform facial exercises in an effort to stop the aging process, you’re actually hastening the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Gravity: The forces of gravity form a constant pull that causes a decrease in skin’s elasticity. The result? Falling skin.

Sleep: Sleep lines occur from sleeping in the same position every night. The best sleep position for preventing wrinkles is to sleep on your back, avoiding pressing your face into the pillow, which is common with stomach sleepers.

Smoking: There’s no doubt about it: cigarette smoking accelerates aging. Smoke 10 or more cigarettes daily for 10 years, and you guarantee leathery, wrinkled skin. Quitting is your best defense.

To address the desire for a more youthful appearance, medical science has created skin care products designed to increase facial fullness, decrease wrinkles and fine lines and solve many of the problems related to premature aging of the skin without a full facelift procedure. Some of these products include injectable fillers such as:
• Botox
• Juvederm
• Restylane
• Radiesse
• Sculptra
or skin care treatments such as:
• Skin Resurfacing
• Sclerotherapy-Vein Treatment

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About the Author:

At Dr. Leo Lupuerta’s Clinical Skin Care Center in Houston, Texas, patients receive a prescription only skin care line designed for regular skin care maintenance, as well as a variety of non-invasive, wrinkle reduction options and skin care treatments to provide you a more youthful, vibrant appearance and healthy-looking skin.

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