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Anti Aging FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions about Anti Aging

Q: What Happens to Skin When We Age?

A. Both heredity and environment play a big role in how skin ages. Environment—sun damage and pollution—plays the biggest role in the way skin functions. Sun damage is the worst culprit since it is cumulative. The damage begins from youth.

As we age, skin cells divide at a slower rate as they lose their capacity to renew themselves. The average cell renewal rate for a baby is 14 days. For a teenager, the rate is 3-4 weeks, a middle-aged adult 4-7 weeks, and a mature adult (50+) 7-12 weeks or more. This progressively longer span of cell turnover allows for much more to go wrong. About 20% of the cells clump together and are nonfunctional before they reach the skin's surface, having died on the way to the top. The result? The first layer of the skin (stratum corneum) becomes thicker and denser, fine lines deepen, and skin loses its clarity.

Another factor that causes progressive development of wrinkles and leads to sagging skin is the loss of collagen fibers, the building blocks of firmness and elasticity. Collagen, Greek for "glue," is a connective tissue that gives the face and body much of its shape. Fibers of collagen are woven together throughout the body like threads of fabric to form a framework for new cells and blood vessels to grow.

The way your skin looks is directly related to the way in which it is supported. As we age, the loss of small blood vessels and a decrease in new capillaries begin to cut off the blood supply that nourishes the skin. Our faces begin to look less healthy when the rate at which irritants and toxins are removed decreases. Skin becomes more prone to free radical damage (which is really damage to the cells and DNA).

These degenerative conditions of aging skin progress with time. But some of them can be minimized or reversed with a carefully applied anti-aging program. To find out if you are ready for an anti-aging program, do the simple test below. If "yes" is the answer to any of these questions, it is time to start reversing the clock.

The Skin Test

  • Do you see fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and neck?
  • Does your skin not "bounce back" when lifted with your fingers?
  • Do you notice skin discolorations such as dark and light spots?
  • Does your skin appear to be thinner with visible capillaries?
  • Does your skin feel dry and rough and look sallow, lackluster and dull?

More Frequently Asked Questions about Anti Aging

Q: What Skin Care treatments are recommended for Anti-Aging?

A. We offer many result-oriented skincare treatments and peels. During your initial personal consultation your skin therapist will help you choose the best possible skin care treatment that will work just for you.

Customized Facial: Our Customized Facial is the most popular skin care treatment. An esthetician evaluates skin type on an individual basis and customizes a specific facial that best fits your skin's needs. Often, combinations of several treatments are used to achieve the desired result, at no additional cost to the clients, including Oxygen Treatment, Ultrasound, High Frequency, Light Therapy, Microdermabrasion, Vitamin and Collagen Therapy, Light Chemical Peels and more.

Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is a gentle skin resurfacing treatment that removes the topical layers of the skin and stimulates the production of new cells and skin firming collagen. It improves skin tone, helps with scaring, facial lines, and minimizes pore size. Our treatments are finished with a hydrating mask that leaves your skin looking radiant and rejuvenated. 6 treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Oxygen Treatment: Authentic oxygenation treatments, coupled with a spray of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, will enhance your skin's health at the cellular level by supplying the fibroblast with energy for rejuvenation. It can be used as a separate treatment or in addition to microdermabrasion, facials, laser treatments or chemical peels.

Anti-Aging Facial: The Anti-Aging Facial leaves skin firmer and more youthful. Steam therapy opens pores for deep cleansing followed by a facial and neck massage to enhance circulation. The skin is then exfoliated to provide optimal penetration of the active form of Vitamin C that provides the rebuilding of underlying collagen. A cream conditioning and collagen treatment mask complete this treatment.

Chemical Peels: The peels act immediately to increase the rate of skin cell turnover, an important skin function that tends to decrease with age. As a result of this enhanced cell renewal, the skin becomes rejuvenated when examined clinically and microscopically. The increased cell turnover also sheds sun-damaged skin and then directs cell growth in a youthful pattern that results in smoother, younger looking skin.

Chemical peels remove layers of the skin and stimulate the production of new skin cells. They tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles and pigmentation, help control acne and leave the complexion with a healthy glow. The depth of the peel recommended depends on the skin type and desired result. The chemicals produce a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin. This stimulates the production of new skin from beneath. Dermavita offers different types and strengths of chemical peels such as: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Vita Active Peel, and medical grade Obagi, Lactic, Radiance and ViPeel.

Facial Toning: (also known as Face Lifting Facial or Micro-Current).

This technique helps stimulate nerves to reeducate muscle tissue, stretching or tightening as necessary, giving the client a fresher, younger appearance: a firmer, slimmer face and neck; tighter brows, uplifted mouth and cheeks, and smoother skin. This procedure is completely safe and brings visible results immediately. In this treatment, the Esthetician uses Micro-Current to exercise and strengthen the facial muscles. Micro-Current is a low level of electricity that mirrors the body's currents, which in turn trigger chemical reactions at a cellular level. The Micro-Current devices mimic the way the brain relays messages to the muscles.

A series of 6 to 12 Facial Toning Treatments is recommended for optimum result.

Collagen Eye Treatment: This treatment will minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce puffiness, and relax the eye area. Cold collagen pads provide the skin with intensive hydration, culminating with a finishing application of vitamin serum and cold aromatic compresses. This treatment will enhance any facial.

Q: What factors contribute to the aging process?

A. Age and gravity cause the droopy texture and looseness skin acquires with the passage of time. What you inherit from your ancestors likewise helps to determine how you look and how long you live. Everyone knows people who live long healthy lives in spite of unhealthy habits. You may look younger than your friends who exercise and watch what they eat, or perhaps you look and feel older than people your age. We know that darker skinned people tend to have a younger looking complexion longer. Often, a 45-year-old Italian woman looks younger than a Swedish blond of the same age. This, of course, is not always the rule!

Q: Can Botox help with my wrinkles?

A. Repeated facial movements cause expression lines. Around the age of 35, your skin visibly starts to lose its elasticity. It just doesn't snap back after it is stretched the way it did in our twenties. A single raised eyebrow, a wink of the eye, or a smile that we repeat millions of times in our life can lead to creases.

Botox is so far the best solution to fight the appearance and development of "expression lines" like moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and lines around the eyes and forehead. In this treatment, the Botox protein disrupts the communication between muscles and outer skin layers, diminishing existing lines and preventing new ones from appearing. More and more people use Botox injections preventatively – even in their twenties - to counteract the formation of lines before they can even be seen.

Q: How can Injectable Fillers make me look younger?

A. At Dermavita we have provided our patients with injectable fillers such as our favorites, Radiesse and Juvederm, for over ten years. Our clients realize how great injectable fillers work to soften facial features and create a more youthful appearance. By enhancing the fullness of the lips, smoothing out deep nasolabial folds, and even lifting up corners of the mouth, one can erase several years of aging. These injectables produce an instant aesthetic enhancement with minimal downtime, making it possible for patients to walk out of the clinic looking better and younger than when they arrived. Possible bruising may occur-we recommend the use of Arnica Montana, a natural supplement, before treatment to prevent bruising.

Q: What is Radiesse Volumizing Filler?

A. We use Radiesse Filler to add volume to the aging face, especially to correct deep nasolabial folds and to lift the corners of the mouth. Upon injection, Radiesse Filler immediately provides the volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. But what's unique about Radiesse is that it acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. This process continues for several months, which extends the initial effect of Radiesse. Best of all, the natural results are clinically proven to last up to a year or more in many patients, which is why more and more medical professionals are choosing Radiesse to achieve long-lasting facial rejuvenation.

Q: What is Juvederm Injectable Filler?

A. Juvederm Injectable Gel is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Juvederm is injected under the skin to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your "smile lines" or "parentheses" (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).

Juvederm contains the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any dermal filler currently available. These attributes provide optimal results with a single treatment of Juvederm in the majority of patients, and deliver sustained results for up to a year. Juvederm is most commonly used to smooth and soften lines on the side of the nose and mouth and for lip enhancement.

Q: What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Therapy and how can it help my skin?

A. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy is a "quick-fix" procedure requiring virtually no downtime to rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful glow. IPL stimulates new collagen to form in the skin thereby reducing fine lines, minimizing pore size and increasing skin elasticity. Intense pulsed light also diminishes flushing or redness of the face associated with Rosacea, reduces brown spots, erases broken capillaries, and smoothes roughly textured skin.

IPL therapy consists of a series of 3 to 6 treatments, in which an intense flash of light is emitted similar to the flash of a camera. IPL passes through the top layer of skin (epiderrmis) and penetrates to the deeper layer (dermis) where blood vessels, pigment cells, and collagen are found. Because the epidermis is unharmed, the severe redness and peeling associated with traditional laser skin resurfacing is avoided.

Q: How does the Fractional Laser work?

A. Fractional Laser can improve sun damage, fine wrinkles, aging on the face, neck, and chest, certain kinds of acne scarring and surgical scars and improve skin texture and tone.

Fractional lasers are generally NOT good for redness, but work somewhat on brown pigment and some melasma.

A series of treatments (generally 3-5) are performed, usually one every 3-8 weeks. The benefits of fractional laser treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.

Q: What can I do at home to compliment my Anti-Aging program?

A. Visible aging, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation are the most common concerns in esthetic medicine. While each of these conditions responds to different products, certain ingredients may be crucial to your daily anti-aging regimen. Commitment to an everyday homecare routine is an essential aspect of our anti-aging therapy.

The key is starting with a proper skin care program that will be specifically designed for your individual skin type and condition to deliver your desired result.

Your skin care products should advocate a focused approach to addressing your particular skin care concerns predicated on measurable and visible improvement. We provide a high level of professionally supervised and medically proven skin care products for aging skin, sun damage, discoloration, lines and wrinkles.

Our products are designed with the most advanced and powerful ingredients available. We use a low level of preservatives to assure the quality, freshness and high therapeutic properties of the product.

Q: What cleanser should I use?

A. The goal is to remove the film of make-up, dirt, and dead surface cells and other impurities resting on the skin's surface, without over-stripping the natural oils.

We recommend a gentle cleanser with no, or very low, detergent content. The best cleanser for drier skin types is a light lotion based cleanser followed by a toner to remove any remaining residue.

For oily or combination skin types, the best cleanser is a gentle soap-based liquid. Commonly prescribed Cetaphil cleanser doesn't provide thorough cleansing.

Q: How should I protect my skin from the sun?

A. The skin is the body's largest and most amazing organ, which has the ability to repair itself. The repair process logically begins by preventing any new or additional damage, thereby giving your skin the opportunity to maximize its regenerative capacity.

The first and easiest way to improve the condition of your skin is to use a sunscreen. Using a sunscreen prevents future damage and, more importantly, gives your skin a chance to repair previous photo-damage, the effects of too much sun.

Scientists agree that photo-damage contributes far more to the aging of skin than heredity. Sunlight directly stimulates the production of collagenase, which destroys skin collagen.

Sunlight also produces elevated levels of oxidative stress (those free radicals again) which depletes the protective antioxidant barrier in the skin. Sun stress leaves the skin vulnerable to UV damage and free radical damage. Attempting to improve aging skin conditions for the patient who will not use some form of sun protection is a wasted effort.

Daily application of protective moisturizer is a very important part of our anti-aging therapy. As a general rule, most dermatologists and estheticians consider an SPF 15-30 to be good protection against sun damage, and more when in direct sun. Use your sunscreen after a daytime moisturizing cream and before your make-up. After all, we don't spend most of our time at the beach. Hour for hour most people get more sun damage going to work or walking outside during a lunch hour.

Sun protection tips:

  • The best sun protectants contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. This gives you better protection by allowing the product to distribute itself more evenly.
  • Reapply sunscreen often. If you are in direct light, reapply every two hours or immediately after water exposure.
  • Do not apply scented aftershaves, cologne or perfume on any sun-exposed body parts, as it may cause skin discoloration.
  • Wear protective clothing. Put on long sleeves, hat and sunglasses to block the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses should also have side panels to prevent damage to delicate tissue in and around the eyes.
  • Use a self-tanning cream instead of sunbathing. Those used on a regular basis produce a beautiful golden color. We recommend Jane Iredale's Tantasia, a natural mineral product and our patient's favorite.
  • Stay out of tanning booths. They are not a safe alternative. These machines still use rays to promote long-term damage that can cause premature aging.

Q: What is exfoliation?

A. One method to improve both the appearance and condition of aging skin is topical resurfacing with the use of exfoliating agents. Salicylic Acids, Glycolic Acids, BetaHydroxy Acids, AlphaHydroxy Acids, and Lactic Acids have been proven in medical studies to be highly effective in breaking down the glue-like substance that holds dead and damaged skin cells to our skin's surface.

The stratum corneum (the top dead layer of the skin) is like brick and mortar. The accumulation of dead cells (the bricks) contains no lipids within the cell wall. Lipids (the mortar part of the equation) surround the dead cells, holding this rough layer on the skin's surface.

Acids act upon the lipids, causing the outer layers of the dead cells to shed. The result is the reduction of age spots and uneven pigmentation, skin becomes clearer, fine lines and wrinkles soften and cell turnover increases resulting in fresh quality collagen.

Exfoliation of the dead skin can also prevent many skin problems and help to balance the skin, leading to better penetration of treatment products, topical vitamins, hydrating and revitalizing agents.

To get the most from exfoliation, we recommend frequent home care applications of exfoliating agents combined with in-clinic treatments. The concentration and the frequency of acid application differ from person to person. You need professional advice in choosing the proper exfoliating therapy for your skin type and condition as there are many options to choose from.

Q: How can Vitamin C treatments benefit my skin?

A. Vitamin C — well stabilized and in the right concentration — may reduce signs of aging when applied regularly to the skin. This effect is presumably due to the antioxidants' ability to scavenge free radicals and increase collagen production in fibroblasts, our body's fibrous tissues. New collagen helps return flexibility, suppleness and a smoother density to the skin.

Topical Vitamin C absorbs quickly into the skin and remains effective for up to three days. It won't wash away. However, when treating facial lines, you can't expect immediate results. It took the skin a long time to reach its current state, and it will take months to reverse the process enough to see a dramatic difference. However a more radiant and supple complexion should be noticed two weeks after a regular application of Vitamin C. Skin becomes smoother and firmer while deeper lines appear much less pronounced. Vitamin C-Serum therapy is the answer to many people's aging skin problems. Our Vitamin C-20 Serum is one of the most powerful tools for your anti-aging program.

The scientific basis for the potency of Vitamin C-20 Serum is that, unlike other Vitamin C skin care products, only our serum contains zinc and tyrosine along with a pure (20%). The patented Vitamin C complex works synergistically to compensate skin that lacks these nutrients.

Q: Is Retin-A for me?

A. Vitamin A is another excellent tool to fight aging and sun-damaged skin. Routine application of substantial concentrations of vitamin A increases the speed of dermal cell growth. An increased cell turnover rate brings fresh cells to the surface more quickly and speeds the resurfacing process. Vitamin A also works by thickening the dermal layer to "plump out" lines and wrinkles. As an antioxidant, it also removes free radicals and rescues oxidative damage. Dermavita Retinolic Serum is designed for the face and neck, which features a number of other fairly spectacular anti-aging ingredients. This complex is a unique fusion of Retinol and Glycolic Acid Polymer which helps cell renewal. Retinolic Serum also helps to fight free radicals, improve tone and circulation. We offer Obagi Retin-A in the prescription strengths of 025%, .05%, and 1% for more intensive anti-aging therapy. Because it is a prescription strength product, a consultation with our medical provider is required.

Q: What are Moisturizing Factors?

A. Healthy skin should always feel slightly moist, supple and smooth. That condition results from a complex interaction between three major skin elements: natural water content, oil gland production, and the presence in varying amount of special substances called Natural Moisturizing Factors.

Your skin's water content is the most important determinate of skin texture. The maintenance of this optimal water content depends heavily upon the presence of protective oil layers or lipid film.

Natural oil (sebum) coats your skin, locking in moisture and preventing drying. As we age, our sebaceous glands decrease oil production. We must substitute it with a proper moisturizer to prevent dryness, maintain balanced, and healthy skin.

Natural Moisturizing Factors produced either by the body or synthetically in a laboratory act to attract and hold on to water at the skin's surface. Scientists think they work by binding water in place or perhaps by helping the skin's cellular proteins arrange themselves so that they better absorb and hold water.

The best moisturizers for aging skin contain Natural Moisturizing Factors which are humectants. Ingredients that help increase the water level in dry skin by attracting and binding water to themselves. Humectants: hyaluronic acid, urea, phospholipids, lecithin, sodium PCA, glycerin, sorbitol, lactic acid, glycolic acid, and butylene glycol. But Hyaluronic acid is the most effective of them all.

Moisturizers and serums should be applied immediately following a gentle skin cleansing, while your skin is still moist, rather than completely dry.

Moisturizers protect and soften the skin while re-hydrating its outer cells. The moisturizer should be appropriate to your specific needs. To supplement the skin's missing lipids (oils) in dryer skin with poor sebum production, more emollient creams are needed, such as cholesterol, ceramides, lecithin, squalene or glycosphingolipids that allow moisturizers to better penetrate the skin. Oily skin needs non-comedogenic (in other words, non-clogging) cream with a higher water content and hydrating agents.

Dermavita has a large selection of superior moisturizers and custom blended products designed for aging skin. However, a proper and thorough skin analysis is crucial to determine which ingredients in the products would be the most beneficial for your day- and night-time skin care regime.

Let us customize a moisturizer for you which main ingredients are ceramides, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, natural oils, collagen, humectants and more.

Q: What main anti-aging ingredients should be in my custom moisturizer?

A.

Ceramides: Naturally present in the skin, affect the intercellular spaces of the corneum layer where they form a protective barrier and reduce transepidermal water loss. Ceramides lipids have been called "cellular cement" as they make up the foundation for materials which hold epidermal cells in place. Without these lipids, the cells would simply "slough off" after moisture is lost. Ceramides are important in the treatment of dry skin, scaliness and aging skin. Ceramides are responsible for keeping the youthful appearance of the skin by reinforcing the natural barrier function of the superficial epidermis layers.

Example of ceramides: Glycoshingolips, Sphingolipids, Glycolipids, Glycosylceramides, Phospholipids, Arachindonic Acid, Lanolic Acid.

Peptides: Our peptide serum contains a five-chain amino acid strand that regulates cell function. The degradation of the collagen fibers weakens the structural support of the skin and the epidermis will start to sag. Deeper sags produce wrinkles. Linking the peptide to palmitic acid as a carrier or vehicle allows the peptide to enter deeply into the skin hence the ingredient name of palmitolyl-pentapeptide. Studies show that palmiloyl-pentapeptide is a safe and effective way to regenerate collagen and elastin fiber density for sun damaged skin, increase production of glycosaminoglycans, the moisture binding ground substances that hold water in the skin. Pentapeptides are securing their place in the arsenal against aging.

Humectants: A substance used to preserve the moisture content of materials - (Holds Water) – a humectant helps the skin hold onto it's own natural water and water in products. In extreme cases, humectants can grab moisture from the atmosphere.

Hyaluronic Acid: (Humectant) Occurs naturally in the dermis and is a strong humectant, holding 1000 times it's weight in water. If forms a film on the skin similar to the way it holds water in the intercellular matrix of dermal connective tissue. It intensifies the hydration. Great to use around the eye or decollate area. Also has wound healing properties.

Collagen: A high molecular weight protein with excellent moisture binding capacity, leaving the skin smooth and soft. It aids in reducing natural moisture loss with its film-forming properties.

EGF – epidermal growth factor: As skin ages, the communication between the various layers of skin is hindered because of a critical decrease in the number of growth-factor receptors. Therefore, Epidermal Growth Factor is one of the most important substances for development and maintenance of both the epidermis and dermis. It is a protein that works to heal and repair the stratum corneum, by directly stimulating proliferation of growth-factor receptors. Moisturizers containing this ingredient help repair and heal skin damaged by skin stressors and also work well at softening scar tissue. This compliments any anti-aging skin care regimen.

Serums: Serums usually have the highest concentration of active ingredients and are easily absorbed by the skin, thus providing more visible results. They can work as powerful antioxidants or as firming hydrators, defend against environmental stress, restore vital moisture and rebuild the skin's protective barrier, promote cellular renewal, or just provide smooth and supple skin. Highly recommended in any anti-aging program as an addition to your daily moisturizer. Most recommended serums for anti-aging include Anti-Aging Serum, DV EGF Serum, DV C-20 Serum, Spin Trap Eye Serum, Age Diffusing Serum, Perfecting Serum, Cellex-C High Potency Serum, and DV Peptides.

Q: How should I take care of the wrinkles and crepiness around the eyes?

A. The skin of the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face and is more likely to show signs of aging first. Heavier emollients, spin trap serum, hyaluronic acid concentrations, and vitamins are often used for these areas.

Our scientifically advanced eye creams with exclusive lipid and super antioxidants that defend against environmental damage dramatically improve the appearance of the delicate eye area. When using an eye cream moisturizer or serum, apply a small amount to the ring finger, pat gently under the eye on top of the cheekbone, and lightly on the brow bone (do not use on eyelids). Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Spin Trap Serum, Obagi Elastiderm, Teamine, DV Eye Serums and other specific eye creams and serums are designed for specific needs such as puffiness, dark circles, eye lines and wrinkles, etc. Tell us your eye concerns and we will help you choose the right home care eye treatment.

In addition many men and women are using Botox Cosmetic to minimize wrinkles around the eyes and prevent new ones from forming.

Control of Free Radical Damage

Free radicals are the price we pay for living in a world of oxygen and air pollution. They penetrate the body through the skin and lungs and are also a natural by-product of normal metabolic processes within the body. Free radicals harm the structure of the cell's protective membranes, leaving cells susceptible to damage. They can be eliminated or partially neutralized by the action of antioxidants, which respond with a cellular defense to eliminate free radicals and oxidation.

Q: What other factors may contribute to aging?

A.

Sleep Creases

A lifetime of sleeping on one side of the body can cause long and crease-like wrinkles down one side of your face. Visible signs of these habits may not appear until 10 to 15 years later, but they will eventually surface. Try sleeping with the weight of your head centered over the ear, instead of burying your face deeply into the pillow, or sleep on your back.

An important investment on your part is the best and softest goose down pillow you can get your hands on. Don't spare any expense here and you'll be rewarded a thousand times by the appearance of your face.

Q: What is Environmental Aging?

A. The quality of the air in your home and office and the smog in the city in which you live has a great impact on the overall health of your skin. For example, dry heat when combined with a harsh cold environment can parch the skin and later translate into fine lines and wrinkles. Use a protective moisturizer that feeds your skin type. During the colder season we suggest a thick rich cream but for warmer weather use a light lotion with SPF that won't trap sweat glands or bacteria. Don't let your skin feel dry. Keep it moist and exfoliated, and reapply moisturizer during the day if you feel that you need extra hydration.

Q: How does Stress affect our aging process?

A. Everyone knows that stress ages a person before his or her time. People that work in high-pressure environments may pay the price in wrinkled and unhealthy skin. There is a direct relationship between one's outlook on life and aging. Anger, fear, frustration and other stressful thoughts prompt the release of high-voltage substances in the body that jolt the heart, weaken the immune system and speed the aging. Find a way of stress reduction that works best for you. Discover the benefits of Massage Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, or anything that may relax your mind and body.

Q: How could exercise benefit aging skin?

A. Fitness is an important factor in the anti-aging campaign. A daily routine of some form of physical activity is beneficial to the health of the skin: Here are some things that exercise does for your skin:

  • increases circulation bringing nutrients to cells and organs
  • increases oxygen intake which helps in the production of new cells
  • boosts collagen and elastin production to strengthen connective tissue and maintain elasticity

Q: How could diet improve aging skin?

A. A moderate program of healthy eating and physical activity actually increases your body's ability to slow down aging—no matter what your age. Slowing down the aging process means increasing your ability to prolong health in every aspect. It begins with a healthy, nutritious diet that is a balanced combination of many foods. Some say "You are what you eat".

Did you know that each year the body replaces over 90% of its atoms? These new atoms come from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Every time you reach for something to eat, you are in the position to make a healthy and conscious choice.

Eat a balanced diet of nutritious, unprocessed foods, preferably organic. This includes fruits, vegetables, and high fiber from whole grains, adequate protein and lots of water. These foods keep the body functioning at its peak and when that occurs, organs do their job, toxins are released instead of stored, and blood carries necessary nutrients and oxygen and you look and feel great!

Some basic tips to follow for an Anti-Aging Diet:

  • Eliminate processed foods, chemicals, refined flours and sugar or keep them to a minimum.
  • Water-rich vegetables like cucumber and celery have a high sulfur content, which is important in collagen production.
  • Fish creates stronger cells. Fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty membrane that protects them. When the cells are healthy, they are able to support the structure of the skin.
  • Soy blocks aging. Whether sourced from soymilk, cheese or tofu, soy contains genistein (plant hormones that serve as antioxidants), which prompts collagen production and helps to block enzymes that can age the skin.
  • Dark green vegetables, rich in vitamin C, like spinach and kale, boost collagen production. In topical products, vitamin C stabilizes messenger enzymes that break down collagen. It also prevents weak collagen by protecting against free radicals.
  • Berries ward off damage. Blackberries and raspberries scavenge free radicals while simultaneously increasing collagen levels and maintaining healthy vision.
  • White tea supports structure. According to research conducted by Kingston University and Neal's Yard Remedies, white tea may protect the structural proteins of the skin, specifically collagen. It's believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen, contributing to lines and wrinkles.
  • Orange vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.
  • Keep all dairy products to a minimum - if used they should be nonfat or low fat.
  • Prepare fish by poaching or broiling instead of frying or sauté.
  • Steam fresh vegetables for 5 to 8 minutes or quickly stir-fry in a tiny amount of oil.
  • Use quality, fresh ingredients with spices such as turmeric and cinnamon rather than heavy sauces and butter. Supplement your diet with the vitamins and minerals appropriate for you. However, too many or the wrong combination may be hard on your liver, so consult your physician on what supplements you are taking.
  • Drink plenty of water. Bodily functions depend on an adequate water supply. Water allows the body to excrete waste products it would otherwise accumulate.
  • Cut down on caffeine—if you can't give it up completely. Caffeine causes dehydration of the skin due to vitamin and oxygen depletion, the same with alcohol, which both dehydrates the skin and pollutes the body.

Knowledge is a powerful tool for being healthy and looking our best as time goes on. Keep educating yourself about YOU.