Anti-Aging Skin Care – Part 2 – The 6 Step Facial Rejuvenation Program

Why Our Facial Skin Ages

Anti-aging skin care is based on the correction of skin aging changes. As we age several important changes occur in the facial skin that cause wrinkles, brown spots, red spots or blood vessels and skin laxity. Sun exposure, heredity, diet, lifestyle and stress all contribute, as discussed in Part 1. The basic aging skin changes are:

o Skin Surface Changes-wrinkles, brown spots, red spots (blood vessels) and thickened dry skin
o Deep Dermis Changes-loss of collagen and loss of elasticity which result in wrinkles, skin sag, and folds of skin creating deep lines in the face

The 6 Step Anti-aging Skin Care ProgramĀ®

o Step 1-Exfoliation-remove aged skin cells and stimulate the growth of new healthy skin.

o Step 2-Stimulate New Collagen production-restore volume and elasticity to skin, plump wrinkles

o Step 3-Remove Excess Skin Pigment and Blood Vessels-remove brown and red spots

o Step 4-Relax Dynamic Lines- lines of facial expression-remove crow’s feet. worry lines, frown lines and lip wrinkles

o Step 5-Fill Deep Lines and Contour Deformities-plump the cheek, lessen nose to mouth lines

o Step 6-Tighten Facial Skin-lift the cheek, tighten jaw line and neck

Methods for the 6 Step Program

o Exfoliation-Topical Retin A(TM), Microdermabrasion, Micropeel(TM), Ablative Fractional laser Skin Resurfacing, Chemical Peel

o Stimulate New Collagen Production- Topical Retin A(TM), Microdermabrasion, Micropeel(TM), Non-ablative Fractional laser Skin Resurfacing, Deep Dermal Heating Methods-LuxIR Deep(TM), Thermage(TM), Titan(TM), Refirme(TM) and others

o Remove Excess Skin Pigment and Blood Vessels-IPL (Intense Pulsed Light-also called Photo facial) and some lasers

o Relax Dynamic Lines-Botox(TM)

o Fill Deep Lines and Depressions- Soft Tissue Fillers-Restylane(TM), Juvederm(TM), Perlane(TM), and Radiesse(TM) among others

o Tighten Skin- deep dermal Heating- LuxIR Deep(TM), Thermage(TM), Titan(TM), Refirme(TM) and others, and new laser liposuction techniques

Consult Qualified Board Certified Specialists

Effective anti-aging skin care requires medical knowledge and a familiarity with a very complex and rapidly changing medical field. The skin care experts are your board certified dermatologist and plastic surgeon. These doctors have spent many years learning the basics of skin medicine and surgery and have passed vigorous examinations to determine their knowledge before achieving board certification.

Today with the popularity of the new medical spas, facial rejuvenation therapies are often performed by trained technicians or doctors who have not achieved board certification in dermatology or plastic surgery.

Your face is too important to be trusted to anyone other than an expert. I suggest that you consult two doctors who are board certified in either dermatology or plastic surgery before deciding to start your anti-aging skin care program.

Read more and become an informed consumer. There are so many misleading advertisements about facial rejuvenation. Save your face, see an expert.

Do You Know Your Skin Type?

What’s Your Skin Type?

You’ve heard the buzz about normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin types. But which one do you have?

Your skin performs important functions that allow you to live a normal life, you might not notice it happening but you can be sure your skin is doing its part to keep your body healthy. Read on and enjoy the following interesting facts about skin.

Normal Skin Type

If you have all or most of the above mentioned things then you have a normal skin. You can buy both cream based and gel based products that work for your skin.

Sensitive

Having a sensitive skin type can mean different things to different people. It can be caused by skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema or allergies. Sensitive skin can become inflamed and irritated easily. It is important to choose the right skin care for sensitive skin because many cleansers and moisturisers contain ingredients that can cause an adverse reaction.

Oily

Your face feels and looks moist and shiny (especially at midday, when oil is at its peak). You tend to have clogged pores, and your skin is prone to both noninflammatory acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory acne (pimples and cystic zits), which pop up all over.

Dry

Dry skin is characterized by a lack of moisture in its corneous layer, resulting in tightness and even flaking. The skin appears dull, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes. It may lack elasticity, with accentuated fine lines and wrinkles. In more severe cases, itching and burning may occur. Extremely dry skin shows signs of cracking and fissuring.

Combination

Combination skin occurs when two or more different skin types occur on your face at the same time. Typically, combination skin is when some parts of your face are dry or flaky, while the center part of your face, nose, chin, and forehead (called the T-zone) is oily. Combination skin can also describe conditions where wrinkles and breakouts or rosacea and dry skin are present at the same time.

Mature

Skin becomes less elastic and less toned. Wrinkles and furrows form, cheeks are less chubby, facial contours lose their clarity, and features are less harmonious.

Use these tips to help your dry skin:

  • Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily.
  • Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps.
  • Don’t scrub while bathing or drying.
  • Smooth on a rich moisturizer right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin but are often messier. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
  • Use a humidifier, and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
  • Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.

Herbal & Ayurvedic medicine online for help to keep your skin Naturally Healthy.

Have a Clear Skin with Effective Pimple Treatments

Waking up in the morning with great big pimple on your forehead is a big disaster for many people. Especially teenagers who are really affected because this is the stage where in they are building their personality and making good impressions to people and earn that self esteem. 80 out of 100 people around the globe suffer from acne. Mostly get pimple in the age of 12-25, but ages 30 and up can also suffer from acne. Many of them struggle so much in dealing with their situation and also from finding a pimple treatment product that will work for them.

What is acne anyway? Acne is a skin condition that can cause one of the following whiteheads, blackheads, yellow or dark spots, greasy skin and of course scars. Acne is cause by the over production of oil or sebum by the sebaceous glands. Once dirt and excess oil joins together pimple comes out. Face, neck, chest and back are parts of the skin that are prone to acne because sebaceous glands are quite bigger and active in these areas. But we don’t have to pity ourselves because we can treat pimples and we can prevent them coming out before it gets worse.

Home treatments for pimples

Always keep your face and other prone areas clean at all times. Wash your face at least twice or thrice a day with a mild cleanser. Excessive washing though can aggravate the production of sebum and will take out the natural moisture of the skin making more breakouts avoid using harsh soaps and cleansers to avoid stripping out the essential oils.

There are plenty of over the counter pimple treatment products that you can buy in many drugstores that will be effective in your pimples. These products usually contain benzoyl peroxide that acts as antibacterial agents. It dries out the oil and skin, which will then promote shedding of the first layer of the skin. In this stage it makes it harder for the pores to be block and infection to occur. Peelind and redness of the skin occur when using Benzoyl peroxide but it will settle down after continuous use.

The treatment using these home treatments, the will be gradual development in the appearance of your skin. You will notice the changes after 2 to 3 months of continuous use, so don’t rush things up. If you have severe breakouts you can consider visiting a dermatologist to help you with your pimple problem. A dermatologist can prescribe you the right pimple treatment products more suitable to your skin type.

Topical gel are usually given to patients with severe acne which contains Azelaic acid as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide and it is a milder solution that prevents soreness of the skin. Medicines that are based on vitamin A are also popular in the treatment of pimples like Topical retinoids. It promotes peeling of the skin and it is rub once or twice a day depending on your pimples severity. It is applied in the skin together with an antibacterial lotion to control the peeling. These treatments should continue for about 6 months to totally treat your pimples.

Oral treatments are also very effective in the treatment of pimples. Oral antibiotic tablets are given to a patient with inflammatory acne. Tablets are taken for three months daily. However oral treatments cannot prevent pore blockage, so it is usually prescribed together with benzoyl peroxide.

Other contraceptive pills are prescribed to women with acne because it suppresses the activity of male hormones. Isotretinoin is a form of medicine called oral retinoid, it can also comes in a gel form that dries up pimples. It is usually prescribed to patients with severe acne that doesn’t seem to improve with milder preparations and with the supervision of a dermatologist. Though using Isotrtinoin have serious side effects such as depression and disorder of the liver. Pregnant women should not take Isotretinoin because it is very harmful to unborn children.

Pimple treatment requires patience, as it will take several months before you will see visible results. It is also very important that you are well informed about your situation to avoid wasting of time and money experimenting for the wrong pimple treatments products. Visit your dermatologist for the right treatment and stick with your medications.