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Skin & BeaUTY Can you stop aging? By Sybile Val As the new year is up and running, we have a lot of things on our “to-do” list. Whether they are resolutions to ensure that we live a healthier and more balanced life or resolutions to finally start that new venture - the one thing that a new year does not bring, is a way to stop aging...or maybe this year does! For as long as most of us can remember, beauty magazines have emphasized how to maintain a youthful appearance, though we may not have paid too much attention in our more youthful days. Now, after acquiring a wrinkle or two, you may be inclined to learn more about maintaining that youthful glow. Since beauty is always trending and starting early is key, let's get this year started right! From an anatomical perspective, as we age we lose three key components that help maintain a plump and youthful appearance: fat cells, collagen and elastin. That, along with the help of sun damage, can lead to your skin looking older than it actually is. Fortunately, there are ways to protect and increase these three elements, and the earlier you start the better. By far, THE most effective way to maintain a youthful appearance is by being proactive rather than being reactive. The easiest and most simple way to do this is by using sunscreen. Sunscreen protects us from the UVA and UVB rays that are detrimental to our cells. Constant exposure leads to cellular damage that can cause sunspots, wrinkling and, even worst, cancer. So once again your mom was right, sunscreen every day is a requirement. No ands, ifs or buts... Quality skincare is another key element to aging gracefully. With the help of your plastic surgeon, a tailored regimen can be created to ensure collagen stimulation. Whether it's a retinoid-based product or a hydroquinone with corrective properties, it is essential to be on a good-quality skin care regimen as early as possible. These prescription products along with sunscreen, will help protect and maintain the youthful skin of your twenties well into your thirties and even your forties. With time and repetitive motion wrinkles are expected in certain areas. These wrinkles can easily turn into deep lines and creases that, when coupled with loss of fat, collagen and elastin, lead to an aged appearance. Once again, being proactive rather than reactive is key with wrinkles as well. Wearing sunglasses on sunny days to prevent yourself from squinting will lessen the furrows between the eyebrows. Botulinum products (Botox, Dysport) are a great way to combat wrinkles between the brows and even at the forehead and crow’s feet (sides of your eyes). Botulinum temporarily relaxes these muscles, thus causing the overlying skin in these areas to be unable to move. The wonderful thing about botulinum is not simply the effect of removing the wrinkles after the injection but also de-conditioning those wrinkle-causing muscles. Over time, there is a cumulative benefit to the use of botulinum. Keys to Slowing the Aging Process: • Sunscreen • Quality Skincare • Botulinum Products Reveal | Q1 2017 18