There are a lot of things you may wonder about, as you get older. One thing that is sure to be on your mind more with age than when you were younger is how to keep your skin healthy. What exactly can you do to avoid dealing with wrinkles and other age-related skin damage? That is a question with multiple answers. Here are some of the best anti-aging methods to keep your skin healthy you can try.
Sunscreen is the Basis for Proper Skin Care
Many things have the potential to damage your skin. For example, smoking is notorious for causing dry, leathery or papery skin. Exposure to pollution or chemicals, such as those in cleaning products, can also damage your skin over time. But few things can damage your skin more over time than repeated sun exposure. Therefore, it is important to select a sunscreen with a high SPF rating and use it regularly, even when it is cloudy outside. Today, you can easily find skincare products that contain sunscreen and serve other purposes, such as hydrating your skin.
Lasers Can Help You Reverse Skin Damage
When your skin does become damaged, fixing the damage quickly is essential. You have more options for repairing minor skin damage than when the damage is severe. One way to correct mild or moderate skin problems is with laser therapy. There are several types of laser apparatuses used in skincare. Many of them treat wrinkles or perform surface treatments like laser peels. Those treatments can give you immediate positive results.
Some laser machines are called non-ablative devices. That means they do not affect your top layer of skin. They use special beams of light designed to go straight through that layer without damaging it. Non-ablative lasers work because they help your body repair its own skin tissue. That happens because the heat and light from the laser triggers restorative processes, causing your body to make more of protective substances like collagen. Collagen is what helps your skin bounce back into place when it is stretched.
Chemical Peels and Acids for Skin Health
It may seem odd, but certain acids are good for your skin. They are called alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs). They include citric, glycolic and lactic acid. Some of those acids are commonly used in chemical peel procedures. The acid mixture is carefully formulated based on how many skin layers need to be treated. The stronger the acids are, the deeper the chemical peel is. Deep peels can have longer recovery times and more potential side effects than light peels.
Microdermabrasion to Avoid Chemicals and Lasers
If lasers and chemicals do not appeal to you, you might need to explore other treatment options. You also may not be a good candidate for those treatments. A good alternative is microdermabrasion. It uses a hand-held tool and crystals composed of various compounds. The tool “sands” debris from the top layer of your skin.
Other Ingredients to Keep Your Skin Healthy, or Not
When seeking ingredients to make your skin healthier, the acids used in chemical peels are not the only ingredients to look for. Lotions and creams you can use yourself at home can keep your skin healthy for a long time. But you have to choose the right products containing the right ingredients. Sulfates and petroleum, for example, can damage your skin. On the other hand, antioxidants and peptides can fortify it. You should also look for products containing retinol, better known as vitamin A. Retinol helps to heal your skin cells and prevent wrinkles.
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