Guest post by Dr. Anita Gill of Gill Dermatology.
Do you wish daily that your skin looked younger? Aging can start in your 20s, or later in midlife depending on your habits and genetics. There are factors you cannot control, like hormonal changes, prior sun exposure, and genetics, but there are several external factors that influence how you and your skin age. It is never too late to take control of those external factors and start a healthy and skin conscious change for the better. Take these skin anti-aging tips below and place them into action today!
Take control of your sun exposure. Sun damages elastin and causes a loss of collagen, which contributes to sagging and wrinkles. It also can lead to discoloration and roughened texture.
Further, UV rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancers, a risk that is even more aggressive than just cosmetic concerns. For your sun care needs, one needs to look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and is zinc based and thus broad spectrum in its protection. A fantastic find is Oil Free SPF 40. It is not only a non-white and non-greasy sunscreen that fits the all the requirements, it also has bonus antioxidant packed in it to help fortify the skin.
Antioxidants combat the free-radical damage that is responsible for the visible and hidden signs of aging; they further enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage. The combination of antioxidants plus sun protection is a strong defense against many signs of aging, including wrinkles, dullness, and discoloration.
There are quite a few antioxidants available on the market, including L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E, Green Tea, Caffeine, Ferulic Acid, amongst others. One of my favorites is C-Shield Anti-Pollution Drops, which has a potent 15% L –ascorbic Acid to enhance its anti-aging benefit.
There are many creams in the market to reverse and repair the aging process; the very best cream and what has the most evidence based results are Retinoids, Vitamin A derivative compounds that have been shown to increase collagen production and cell turnover, in addition to decongest pores and stimulate blood vessels in the area. This in turn leads to less oil and acne & brighter and smoother skin.
People that have used retinoids for years typically have a fresh, dewy complexion. There are several different strengths, over the counter, prescription and medical grade Retinol. Often insurance companies will not cover the prescription due to age restrictions and because it is used for cosmeceutical purposes, and it’s costly. Your best bet is to start with a medical grade Retinol, like in Retinol Smoothing Serum, which has the added benefit of Glycolic Acid and natural brighteners to bring out the best in your skin.
Just know that you do not have to spend a fortune to get safe, effective products for your skin regimen. Glo Skin Beauty delivers unique, personalized skincare that combines up to date technology and cutting edge research to deliver the best ingredients for your skin.
Dr. Anita Gill received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Later she moved to Texas where she obtained her dermatology training at the prestigious Texas Medical Center at University of Texas at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. She served as chief resident in her final year of training. Throughout the years, she has spent time writing manuscripts and book chapters on the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease. She now spends the majority of her professional time focused on patients and the treatment of their conditions at Gill Dermatology in The Woodlands, Texas. Learn more.