Is that possible? Achieving a younger-looking skin through surgery is usually people’s last resort. After all, the procedures are usually invasive and require long recovery periods. Most people want to go back to their normal lives and activities as soon as possible.
Although modern procedures are effective in removing lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, many people would still prefer not going under the knife. If there’s a way to look 10 years younger without the surgery, many people would take it. That’s why many are willing to wait out for the results and stick to a proven regimen. This could be tiring and time-consuming though.
But the results could be very worth it. Moreover, there are other interesting benefits with adhering to a skincare routine. For instance, achieving a younger-looking skin through hard work often requires significant lifestyle changes. Aside from the skincare routine at night, adopting a healthy diet would also be implemented. People would also become more aware about protecting their skin from sunlight. In other words, the benefits go beyond achieving a younger-looking skin. Your overall health might improve and you will rely less on artificial means of making your skin appear radiant and younger.
Better skin without the surgery
But how do you accomplish this feat? What’s the sure way of achieving better skin without going through laser treatments and surgical procedures? And how can you make the whole routine easier and without doing a bunch of different things each day and night?
It starts with focusing on your biggest concern. Are you constantly bothered with the fine lines on your forehead, cheek or under the eyes? Are you more concerned about the brown spots?
Thankfully, there are many safe products available that can effectively deal with the fine lines and brown spots. For instance, topical products containing vitamin A (all-trans retinoic acid or Tretinoin) can reduce fine lines and make them less noticeable. On the other hand, brown spots might become less noticeable with the use of tranexamic gel.
Vitamin A is known to increase the rate of collagen synthesis and prevent or slow down its degradation. Collagen is the skin’s main structural protein, which means if the collagen stays abundant and intact, this has a direct effect on the skin’s good appearance.
Tranexamic gel is popular in solving skin hyperpigmentation problems (e.g. melasma, which can be very common in women). It works by inhibiting the production of melanin (the pigment that gives human skin its natural colour).
Topical products containing vitamin A or tranexamic gel can be very effective in solving many skin problems. If you apply them regularly on your skin (with optimal penetration and efficacy), you might already notice results in a few days or weeks. The effectiveness may vary from individual to individual. Also, pregnancy and medical conditions should be considered before using such products.
Preventing skin problems
Sunlight, stress and poor diet may cause premature skin aging. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage the DNA of the skin cells. Although sunlight is important in production of vitamin D (in the form that our bodies can use), too much sunlight can do more harm than good.
So if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors (especially if you’re an outdoor sports enthusiasts or it’s just a nice day to have a picnic and walk in the park), make sure that you have ample protection against the sun’s UV rays. For example, there are now available products that act as effective sunscreen. These can effectively protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
In addition, you have to try to be reasonable when exposing yourself to the sun (especially your face wherein the effects largely manifest). Most recommended is to go outdoors at the first and last hours of sunlight in your area. Whether it’s winter or summer, sunlight still contains UVA and UVB rays. It’s always recommended to limit your hours outdoors or wear appropriate clothing and apply adequate protection.
Aside from sunlight, stress and poor diet may also affect your skin’s appearance. After all, stress can lead to overproduction (or underproduction) of certain substances. These can affect your bloodstream and eventually your skin cells (because blood transports nutrients and other substances into skin). In addition, stress can lead you to make poor lifestyle choices such as smoking and taking in too much alcoholic drinks.
Cigarette smoke (particularly carbon monoxide) displaces the oxygen in our skin. Moreover, the nicotine present in cigarettes can reduce blood flow. This combination can deplete our skin with the essential nutrients that are essential in skin health and protection (e.g. vitamin C for collagen synthesis and as an antioxidant).
On the other hand, alcoholic drinks can cause dehydration and lead to depletion of essential nutrients from the skin. The alcohol also makes it more difficult for the skin rehydrate. As a result, the skin can appear and feel less supple.
Poor diet can also affect skin health and appearance. After all, our skin cells also require nutrients for them to function normally. Without enough nutrients, our skin cells and the collagen content might be affected negatively.
The effects of sunlight, stress and poor diet are gradual. They might only become noticeable after several months or years. But once they do, the effects are likely to manifest on the face (it’s the most exposed part of our body). That’s why it’s always advisable to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t only benefit your skin. Your whole body (including your mood and energy levels) will also benefit.
Younger skin without going through surgery
The best way is often a combination of different effective approaches. If the fine lines and brown spots are really bothering you, purchase topical products that contain vitamin A (fine lines) or tranexamic gel (brown spots and skin hyperpigmentation). Aside from making these less noticeable, you’ll also experience less stress from day to day.
You can also buy sunscreens if you’re planning to stay outdoors for long periods of time (although it’s still recommended to limit your hours). It’s also good to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. After all, your skin is a part of your body. How you take care of your body will eventually reflect on how your skin appears.