Anti-Aging –What Works ?

Antiaging is a word that includes many definitions. Unfortunately, as varied as the definitions are, so are the results. According to recent article there are some pointers to heed when deciding which products and services will make a difference in the fight against an aging appearance. Marketing for and type aging products include everything from fighting free radicals to jumpstarting the skin’s natural collagen production. Consumers spend billions of dollars annually on creams and lotions according to the American Academy of Dermatology. For most of the creams, lotions, and vitamin supplements that may claims to reduce wrinkles and slow down premature aging, the evidence is insufficient to say the least in terms of proving that they actually work. There are active ingredients that have been proven to be safe and effective and the key is to find the right ingredients that work well with your skin according to experts. Peptides are small proteins that help stimulate new cell growth and also promote skin cell healing. Although there are no conclusive studies that they actually work, experts agree that there are biological benefits for patients. Although peptides can be found in a multitude of products the exact formulation that can be effective can vary from patient to patient. Experts agree that peptides are great moisturizers for the skin in this helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles even if it does not actually reduce wrinkles. Alphahydroxy acids which include lactic, glycolic, and citric acids are natural ingredients derived from fruits and milk sugars. There commonly used as exfoliate because they help to get rid of dead skin cells. It also allows the skin surface of underneath to become more visible. Each acid will perform slightly different. Lactic acid which is derived from sour milk will have a brightening effect on the skin. Glycolic acid which is derived from sugar cane will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles which will give the skin a tighter and more youthful appearanceRetinol which is a natural form of vitamin A works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and claims to boost the elasticity of the skin. There is sufficient evidence that retinol does improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it is found in many over-the-counter products. The more potent form of retinol is sold as Retin-A  and available by prescription only. Experts agree that the more potent form is more effective. . Retin-A also helps to exfoliate surface layer the skin however patients must be aware that side effects include stinging and sensitivity. This makes sunscreen use on a daily basis a requirement. Reservatrol is a plant compound and is generally found in red wine but is also available as a supplement. Many claims have been made concerning Reservatrol and its health and skin benefits; however, it has yet to be conclusively proven that this will slow down the signs of aging. Antioxidants are believed to be effective in fighting cell damage that comes with aging of the skin. Many food products naturally contain antioxidants. Many products have been created to include antioxidants most of which claim health benefits and or antiaging skincare benefits. The correct formulation necessary for an effective outcome remains unclear. Dr. Seify encourages patients who are considering facial rejuvenation procedures including facelift or injectables (like Juvederm) to begin a medical grade skin care regimen for the best overall long-term results. Patients should use medical grade skin care products under the advice of Dr. Seify’s medical aesthetician to assure the most effective results. Patients were considering improvements to the anti-aging program are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.

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