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Skin Rejuvenation: Options for Renewing Your Skin

Posted at 9:19 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 11:19:24-04

Premature wrinkling and dis-pigmentation of the skin is not only something many people find unappealing to look at, but they can also be visible indications that the skin is damaged at the cellular level. And damaged skin is less able to function as well to defend our insides from environmental stressors and disease. As we get older, our skin is often the first place we see the signs of aging. Facial wrinkles and discoloration are the culmination of damage and is accelerated by sun exposure, facial expressions, tobacco use, poor nutrition, and various skin disorders. So, when it comes to feeling better both inside and out, skin rejuvenation procedures and treatments are beneficial for not just our visible outer appearance, but for our overall health as well.

What is photo-aging?

Unlike the natural aging process, photo-aging is caused by the skin’s exposure to UVA and UVB rays from the sun, tanning beds, and even fluorescent lighting. Using a good, high-quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc oxide and reapplying it every 90 minutes to 2 hours is the best way to combat photo-aging and UV damage. But even with perfect, diligent protection, it’s almost impossible to stop the effects of photo-damage.

Skin Rejuvenation Options

  • Facials, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels
  • Laser Treatments
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial
  • Radiofrequency (RF) treatment
  • Fillers
  • Neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin)
  • Surgery

The goal for these rejuvenation treatments is to provide an individually tailored solution to restore the skin’s elasticity, texture, and pigmentation. But prevention is always better than correction when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.

Preventive methods

  • UV protection: sunscreen with 6% or higher zinc oxide, layered clothing (including UPF clothing), umbrellas, hats
  • Avoid tanning
  • Quit Smoking
  • Use a home care regimen that is appropriate for the individual needs of your skin
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Exercise