Anti aging treatments are everywhere you look. This is because many of us are confronting changes to our faces and bodies – wrinkles, skin discoloration, blemishes, unwanted hair, uneven skin tone, spider veins, varicose veins and saggy skin. It can be very disconcerting to face that in the mirror every morning and many people want to do something about it. There are some very real benefits as it can give you more confidence, a good feeling about yourself and more spring in your step.
But where do you start? The scope of anti aging systems goes well beyond any one anti aging therapy. It ranges from lifestyle changes to moisturizers, in office treatments and all the way up to cosmetic plastic surgery. It’s a bewildering array of choices. This site will help you work out for yourself how best to proceed.
There may be changes you can make that help you look good for your age without using any treatment excessively. There are many factors that affect the skin, you could look at stopping smoking, drinking less and not sitting in the sun. Eating a healthy diet and some form of exercise even if it’s a quick walk a day is also helpful. If you put these in place you give your body the best chance of looking younger. And then if add other anti aging treatments it only increases the effect. You could be looking at a younger you quite quickly.
Self Administered Anti Aging Treatments
The bulk of anti aging skin care products are creams, lotions and serums. Now in comparison to a basic hydrating cream they can seem very expensive because these top of the line skin care products normally have the latest research and very expensive active ingredients that are designed to go deep into your skin. That all costs money and the prices reflect that. That is not to say you shouldn’t be smart about this.
Most of us don’t want to pay exorbitant prices for a face cream but we still want the anti aging effects they can bring. I think you will find that there are some excellent and affordable anti aging skin care products available because manufacturers are realizing that lower pricing will yield more sales and more profit – not to mention loyal users.
So to start you have to know the types of product to buy. Most people agree you are wise to stick to a 4 step process
1. Cleanser-Toner: Removes dirt & make up to leave your skin soft & very clean.
2. Moisturizers are a must to help maintain good skin tone and hydration
3. Eye Cream for the more delicate skin around the eyes.
4. Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells & let the anti aging ingredients work quickly.
In the other articles I will go into ways you can help yourself avoid any pitfalls.
In Office Expert Administered Treatments
There are many “non invasive” anti aging treatments that are administered by a professional in their office. You have to choose carefully as these can be quite painful and can require time off to recover. The medical profession calls them “ablative” therapy. This essentially means that they use something on your skin that removes your skin imperfections such as wrinkles and discoloration. The main methods are lasers, chemicals or abrasives. For some this is worth it, for others it makes them think twice.
Do your homework. The people selling these treatments paint everything in the best possible light and often couch it in terms of “anti aging secrets” which sucks you in. However ask the difficult questions: how much down time, how many painkillers and what complications come up. I made a list of the most common types of treatments- it can be your guide to starting to look.
1. Laser skin resurfacing. Medium to deep wrinkles & scars. Painkillers & time off.
2. Laser skin tightening. Good for spider veins. Mild discomfort/little down time.
3. LED light therapy Mild soreness. good results on small wrinkles & skin tone.
4. Microwave Skin tightening. Likely to work best on prevention not restoration.
5. Chemical peel. Acids strip off old skin. Can require painkillers & time off.
6. Dermabrasion “sands” off the skin. Many painkillers and time off.
7. Microdermabrasion. Gentler but only works on minor wrinkles.
8. Plasma skin resurfacing uses nitrogen. Mixed reports on effectiveness & discomfort
9. Dermal fillers. Adds volume to fill out wrinkles. Quite effective & minimal discomfort
10. Wrinkle Injections e.g. Botox effective but some complications. Minimal discomfort
11. Muscle Activity Blocking reduces muscle activity that causes wrinkles. Painless and said to be reasonably effective.
You will find more on these topics in the categories to the right.