Holding on to your youth

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Aging is inevitable; wrinkles appear, gray hair starts to pop up like dandelions, and gravity has a way of making us afraid to look in the mirror. For women this can be disheartening because society says that beauty and youth go hand and hand. So when women reach the age when their face isn’t as tight as it once was or they acquire an additional chin, they begin to wonder which direction they will go. Will they grow old gracefully or fight to hold onto their youth.

Cosmetic Surgery is a lucrative industry. Women as young as 25 pay top dollar to enhance their features or reverse the aging process. Cosmetic surgeons have a laundry list of procedures that they perform on an outpatient basis, which is wonderful and accommodating to the woman who is pressed for time. Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures are; Photo facial/Intense Pulse Light, Fractional Resurfacing, Botox Injections, and Chemical peels.

Photo facial/ Intense Pulse Light: IPL targets sunspots and red facial vessels on the face, arms and hands, as well as chest and neck areas. This procedure is performed once a month usually for 4 sessions depending on the areas that are being treated and how well the skin responds.

Fractional Resurfacing: This is a treatment for melasma, acne and fine line wrinkles and is continued until the patient is satisfied with the results.

Botox Injections: Out of all the procedures, Botox Injections are probably one of the most popular. It softens the appearance of deep furrows between the eyebrows, forehead, mouth and crows feet. This procedure is done as needed or requested by the patient.

Chemical Peels: Chemical Peels target fine lines, wrinkles, and even out skin tone for hyper pigmentation, or just refresh and revitalize the natural glow of the face.

These are obviously quick-fix procedures that can be quite expensive, but are steps that some women take to roll back the clock. However there are many alternatives that are inexpensive and usually don’t cost a thing, other than self discipline and being consistent.

Proper Diet: It has been show that having a proper diet not only helps you feel better, but can help you with the aging process. People that have a higher fat and carbohydrate intake were more likely to have wrinkles and thin skin. However, people that ate foods high in Vitamin C as well as Linoleic Acid had a better defense against the aging process. While Vitamin C produces collagen and provides structure to the skin, Linoleic Acid reduces dermatitis and dryness. Examples of Vitamin C rich foods are citrus fruits, red peppers, strawberries, kiwi, guava, brussel sprouts and green peppers. Linoleic Acid is found in safflower, sunflower, and soy oil. In addition to a proper diet taking a multivitamin that includes an antioxidant and green tea extract is beneficial as well.

Sun Protection and Facial Care: The sun is probably the most harmful thing for the skin. So protecting it with a mild sunscreen every morning prior to leaving the house can help prevent wrinkles as well as skin cancer. Moisturizing your skin helps it look and feel healthier so using a daily moisturizing facial lotion can lock in the moisture that is beneficial to healthy skin.

Smoking: Aside from causing cancer and other health problems, smoking causes biochemical changes in our bodies that accelerate the aging process and increases the appearance of wrinkles.  The earlier a person stops smoking, the better.

Water Intake: Drinking 8 glasses of water a day can not only keep your skin healthy and glowing, it can also help you lose weight, improve energy, and remove toxins from the body. So not only will you look good on the outside, you’ll feel great on the inside.

Because there are many options when it comes to taking care of our bodies, we don’t have to settle for just one. Whether you want a quick fix or if you choose to do it naturally, there is a way to slow down the aging process and feel good while doing so.

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