A lot of people – maybe even you? – worry about the effects of aging on their appearance.
But they put off doing anything about it.
They fear they don’t have enough time or money to address lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Sometimes, the best skin care products just aren’t enough to get the results a person seeks.
In the past, when cosmetic surgery was considered, it was understood to be a major undertaking.
People had to schedule time off from work and make plans for a hospital stay.
Today though, you may be surprised to know that there are many simple cosmetic procedures that take no longer than a standard doctor visit.
In fact, some wrinkle-erasing procedures can be done during a typical lunch break.
There are also many non-surgical options available through medi-spas and plastic surgeons.
In this article, I’m going to explore some of the many quick and easy high tech anti-aging procedures available today.
I’ll also look at a couple of more involved procedures.
Let’s read on to learn more.
What Is Botox?
Everyone has heard of Botox.
This cosmetic injection is applied along fine lines surrounding the mouth and on the forehead.
These lines are the result of repetitive use of these facial muscles.
Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles in this area.
This results in a smooth, wrinkle-free appearance.
As for side effects of using Botox, I guess I was surprised to learn that there are little to none.
You may notice some minor redness and swelling for a couple of days.
This will soon dissipate. You will enjoy the positive results of Botox for three months to half a year.
What are Injectable Fillers?
These are all forms of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring compound in the human body.
As we age, hyaluronic acid becomes depleted and wrinkles result.
With today’s technology, this natural compound can be injected carefully along wrinkle lines.
First, the practitioner numbs the area with a local anesthetic and then injects the compound and massages it in.
The compound binds with water molecules in the skin and increases the volume of the skin under the wrinkles.
This leaves a nice, smooth appearance that lasts one to one-and-a-half years.
The procedure can take half-an-hour to an hour, and a little bruising and stinging may result; however, this usually goes away in a day or two.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
One very popular wrinkle treatment is the chemical peel.
This versatile treatment not only helps reduce wrinkles, it can also even out skin tone and smooth acne scars.
It works by peeling away the upper skin layers through the use of a mildly acidic solution such as glycolic acid.
The solution is applied like a facial masque and left to work for fifteen or twenty minutes.
This type of treatment is so quick and gentle that many people actually call it the “lunchtime peel”. Results last about two months.
There is an interesting article in the New York times, warning about the dangers of using chemical peels.
Another type of peel is the deep peel, which yields long-lasting, dramatic results.
For this type of peel, a stronger type of acidic solution is used.
Typically this will be trichloroacetic acid.
The process takes an hour or two, and more layers of the skin are removed.
You may be sedated or given general anesthesia for this procedure.
A deep peel results in a longer period of recovery (one or two weeks); however, results are very long-lasting.
What is an Enzyme Peel?
Enzyme peels are not a new product.
It has been a popular home remedy for centuries, even though their functioning was not fully understood from a scientific point of view.
Remedies such as papaya or green apple have been used to soothe, cleanse and provide a natural facial moisturizer.
We are now able to determine which ingredients have a positive effect on the skin.
For example, the enzymes found in papaya are very nutritive.
They are also acidic enough to peel off dead epidermal cells.
This accelerates the regeneration process.
Pumpkin, pineapple and aloe vera also share this same property.
These restorative enzyme peels result in exfoliation thanks to a simple non-surgical procedure.
This procedure relies on natural or chemical ingredients that are functions of the products you decide to use.
Using an enzyme peel will cause your dead skin cells to be eliminated quicker.
A good enzyme peel can help you get rid of dead skin cells and accelerate the development of new cells.
It will also reduce scars, stretch marks, lines or aging spots, sun damage and skin discoloration.
The enzymes will penetrate through the upper layers of the skin. This process will cleanse the pores, which improves the smoothness, tautness and elasticity of your skin.
Some enzyme peels are made from acids and mechanical granules.
However, natural products are usually best if you want to prevent dryness, redness or allergic reactions.
Some ingredients used for peels, such as phenol, can actually increase your risks of developing skin cancer.
Regardless of the products you decide to use, you’ll get better results if you only use a very small quantity of enzyme peel.
Apply a small quantity on your skin and rub gently with small circular motions.
You should see an improvement right after using an enzyme peel.
You will have to make this a part of your skin care routine to get lasting results.
These treatments will make your skin smooth and shiny but keep in mind that they will not stop aging.
Besides, you will have to keep applying enzyme peels to get rid of the new dead skin cells and help your skin regenerate.
Using a Laser for Skin Lightening Surgery
A skin peel may also be performed using laser resurfacing.
This is also known as a laser peel.
The results are similar to that of a deep chemical peel.
The procedure is performed using high energy laser beams rather than chemicals.
The water molecules within the skin absorb the laser beams.
This causes the upper layers of skin to peel off.
This process reveals healthy, smooth, new layers of skin.
Like a chemical peel, a laser peel can take a couple of hours.
Unlike a chemical peel, only topical anesthesia or local anesthesia will be used.
Recovery time is a couple of weeks, and you may experience the same sort of redness and pain you would feel with a sunburn.
Results are very long lasting.
With both a deep chemical peel and laser resurfacing, your skin will stay beautiful and healthy as long as you take care of it.
Your skin care professional will help you create a good plan to take the best of care of your skin following your procedure.
Carla’s Skin Care Talk – Tips for Getting and Keeping Beautiful Skin
Congratulations! You’ve used the latest breakthroughs in skin care medicine and technology to make your skin look great.
Now you need to make sure to do the things necessary to keep you skin looking marvelous!
It’s hard not to notice the radiance and healthy glow, but also the renewed self-confidence and self-esteem that results from beautiful skin.
This improved version of your old skin will require more care then just rubbing on some lotion once in a while.
Sometimes, all you need to do to keep it looking good is to make a few changes to your lifestyle.
Living healthy and having good skin care habits help greatly in giving you young healthy looking skin.
And the nice thing is, there’s really nothing more complicated to keeping your skin healthy and glowing than paying attention to how you treat your WHOLE body, inside and out.
What this means is that the things that you put into your body are just as important as the products that you put on your face.
Here’s a list of four easy beauty tips to get and keep healthier, more beautiful skin.
Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet
One of the best beauty tips for skin is to make sure that you choose your food carefully and avoid foods that are processed or refined as much as possible.
Sure, that chocolate mint ice cream is so delicious, but deep down, you know you should stay away from foods high in sugar.
More and more health care professionals believe that sugar is a contributing factor to many types of cancer.
And when your tummy is full of ice cream and cookies, you’re not going to be hungry for those foods packed with minerals and vitamins.
And what happens to your skin – that beautiful skin you worked so hard to obtain – when it’s deprived of essential nutrients?
Yep, your skin will basically go to hell and you’ll start seeing those god-awful creases and wrinkles.
So, In order to keep your vitamin and mineral levels high, stick to foods that are high in good fats and rich in vitamins..
Some good choices are green vegetables, fruits and fish like salmon and trout. Simple as that
Make sure you stay hydrated as well drinking at bare minimum 8 glasses of water per day.
By staying physically active, you will bring more oxygen to your skin.
Higher oxygen levels will give your skin a glow and help keep it firm.
Another benefit of exercise is that it reduces stress. This is a good thing because too much stress can increase skin problems like acne.
Use Natural Skin Care Products
Some of the best skin care products on the market today combine the wonders of nature with the miracle of science.
Take, for example, Meladerm Skin Lightening Cream.
It uses scientifically proven ingredients and mixes them with some of Mother Nature’s best skin remedies.
Some of these natural ingredients that work wonders include walnut seed extract, chardonnay grape seed extract and European beech tree buds.
Avoid Over Exposure To The Sun
Its a proven fact that getting TOO much sun is bad for your skin and can cause wrinkles, discoloration and accelerate aging.
With this in mind, I’m going to try and blow your mind with what I consider to be one of the most weird beauty tips you’ll probably read:
There are more and more medical studies emerging that strongly suggest that exposure to the sun can actually prevent skin cancer!
The European Journal of Cancer has published a study that confirms that body parts on workers who spend most of their time indoors are most susceptible to melanoma.
Of course, the key here is not to overdo your exposure to the sun.
Spend no more that 10 to 20 minutes in the sun and without question get out of the sun when your skin begins to turn a light shade of pink.
Your risk of skin cancer is also increased when you are in the sun for too long and too often.
After your 10 or 20 minutes of sun exposure are up, make sure that you use a good sunscreen and wear proper clothing to protect your skin.