A number of factors contribute to skin aging and aging in general. These include:
- Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun and from tanning beds
- Exposure to cigarette smoke
- Accumulation of free radical damage from toxins in food, water and air
Procedures are now available to revitalize the appearance of aging skin. The Active FX fractional CO2 laser removes age spots, wrinkles, eyelid skin laxity and improves the texture of the skin in one treatment. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments rid the skin of redness and rosacea. NdYAG lasers can resolve facial spider veins as well as on the legs. Topical antioxidants, Vitamin C serum and Vitamin E lotion are important adjuncts in repairing and preventing further damage from UV light. Other agents which combat the appearance of aging are the injectable neuromodulators, Botox and Xeomin, and injectable dermal fillers, Restylane and Radiesse.
Underlying these cosmetic procedures, good skin care starts with a healthy diet: one rich in organic vegetables, fruits, meats, fish and poultry, avoiding high glycemic foods including grains, pasta, sugar and alcoholic beverages.