Skin care is a big industry, with millions of dollars rolling in and out, and claims coming from all kinds of sources-beauty blogs, YouTube gurus, magazine articles, among others. Meanwhile, Everyday Health recently published a medically reviewed article that gives specific steps to younger-looking skin.
According to the article written by Dennis Thompson, Jr. and reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH, your skin could be displaying signs of clear aging if you fail to protect your skin. Such signs include fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and rough skin patches. This is due to the minimal amount of collagen your skin is producing.
Being exposed to all kinds of elements such as the harsh rays of the sun and pollution can speed up the aging process of your skin, according to Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD. Dr. Badreshia-Bansal is also the CEO and medical doctor of Elite MD, Inx. in California.
Younger-looking skin is achievable, said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. The first step is to simply protect your skin by wearing good-quality sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, and a moisturizer to keep dryness at bay. Also, the doctor advised wearing protective gear when going outside, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
Dr. Badreshia-Bansal also encourages applying Vitamin A cream, which can help minimize wrinkles and even assist in making your skin look younger, helping in collagen-building. To deal with brown spots, she recommends applying a bleaching cream with hydroquinone, which plays a role in the process of pigment synthesis.
Another step to younger-looking skin is applying an anti-wrinkle cream that not only works on the external layer of your skin but also assists structurally. For instance, pentapeptide anti-wrinkle creams help in restoring the support structure of your skin that has been damaged by too much sun exposure.
Dr. Badreshia-Bansal also recommends the process of peeling every once in a while, such as chemical peel, laser skin resurfacing, and microdermabrasion.