How To Maintain Your Youthful Glow With Skincare
When it comes to aging, most of us have thought about wanting to slow things down once or twice. And, while aging isn’t something to be afraid of, there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to do so gracefully.
As we grow older our skin becomes less elastic, more dull, and with overall less youthful glow. With the right skincare and skin treatments, however, it is possible to maintain that youthful glow for much longer than what you might think possible. The secret? Starting young. This is because prevention is much easier than treating future issues.
This means that your 20s and 30s are the ideal time to begin integrating anti-aging products into your skincare regimen as well as anti-aging skin treatments. To help you decide what the right first step is for your needs, we created this short guide on the top products and treatments you can find at NexxMD.
What makes our skin age faster?
Figuring out what causes your skin to age faster can depend on a variety of factors. From where you live in the world to your overall lifestyle and the type of job you do. That said, there are some universal factors that have been proven to slow down our skin’s ability to regenerate itself.
Sun exposure, for example, can cause wrinkles and severely dry out your skin, not to mention the high chances of causing skin cancer. Too much exposure to UV rays can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin. This in turn can create that dry and leathery look characteristic of people who sunbathed too much in their youth.
Another big reason is a poor diet. What you eat on a regular basis also plays a big role in what your skin will look like. A diet that’s high in sugar and processed foods but low in hydration will age your body before its time. A poor diet can directly affect skin elasticity, brightness, and its ability to repair damaged cells. On the other hand, foods that are rich in antioxidants protect skin from sun damage, promote collagen production and reduce inflammation caused by free radicals (the unstable molecules that are created during digestion).
High levels of stress and not enough sleep are also huge premature aging factors. If you don't get enough sleep, your skin won't regenerate as well as it would if you were well-rested, leading to dark circles under your eyes and uneven skin tone. Too much stress will slow down your body's natural regenerative processes, which can have a detrimental effect on your skin over time.
Top 4 most common skin concerns in your 20s and 30s
As we grow older our body starts showing different types of issues we might have not had to deal with before. Entering your 20s and 30s for example comes with its own set of skin concerns to worry about.
If you find yourself battling acne, it is possible you’re still experiencing hormone changes in your body. Another reason could be pores clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Medical grade skincare with actives like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or retinol can help reduce and prevent breakouts.
Crows' feet, frown lines, and bunny lines all start showing up in our 20s and 30s. They are often caused by environmental factors like sun damage, smoking, or repeated use of facial muscles. Finding ways to boost collagen production can work wonders to treat this at home. Try skincare with retinoid/retinol, hyaluronic acid, or peptides, and make sure you’re exfoliating regularly.
Improper sun exposure can cause age spots even in our 20s and 30s. They are caused by overactive pigmentation cells that clump together to form dark spots on the skin. They're usually found on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun the most like your face, neck, and hands. Medical grade skincare containing hydroquinone, kojic acid, antioxidants, or vitamin C can lighten them and even out skin tone. If at-home skincare doesn't work for you, laser therapy or chemical peels can also help.
Dryness and dull skin
Dryness happens when there isn't enough water in the outer layer of our skin. This can lead to flaking or scaling, as well as tightness or itching. It can be caused by a number of factors including genetics, weather conditions, and even harsh soaps or cleansers. Skincare containing hyaluronic acid, peptides, and growth factors are excellent options to deal with this.
Top skincare products to keep you looking young
One of the most critical aspects of preventing aging is simply sticking with a daily skincare routine, even when you're not seeing immediate results. By incorporating key anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and growth factors into your skincare routine, you can help prevent signs of aging before they even appear.
Growth factors specifically have been slowly moving into most people’s routines. They are proteins that regulate cellular growth and repair skin cells by promoting collagen production. At NexxMD we carry a wide range of medical-grade skincare including the top 2 growth factor brands on the market today: Neocutis and AnteAGE MD.
Neocutis is a Suisse line developed based on research in scarless wound healing. The brand uses human growth factor protein that supports the skin's natural regeneration process to preserve healthy and youthful-looking skin. This line caters to all skin types and ages with the Bio Restorative Hydrogel being particularly popular for our male patients.
AnteAGE MD, on the other hand, is a stem cell growth factor and cytokines skincare line that has recently made its way to the top of our best-sellers list. Their products use mesenchymal stem cells originating from human bone marrow since those are the most powerful and versatile cells in the human body. AnteAGE MD growth factor products are primarily anti-inflammatory and anti-aging, making them extremely beneficial to both skin and hair.
The top medical-grade anti-aging treatment
While a medical-grade skincare routine is key to preventing our skin from aging too fast, it is important to also add in strategic skin treatments. This is because an at-home can only go so far
before we need the help of professional estheticians.
At NexxMD our most requested anti-aging treatment continues to be the Morpheus radiofrequency resurfacing treatment. This treatment combines microneedling with radiofrequency technology in order to target the skin’s laxity by lifting and tightening the area. It essentially rejuvenates cells in order to allow them to naturally produce more collagen and elastin without the use of surgery or needles. It works on all skin types, including darker complexions, and is safe for use around the eyes.
Book an appointment for a skin consultation at our Edgemont Village clinic to learn how Morpheus8 could help your skin!