Regenerative medicine is a branch of translational research where the body regrows parts that were damaged. It’s part of anti-aging because it also deals with tissue engineering and molecular biology which is the process of replacing, or regenerating human cells or tissues to restore your body. This branch of science holds promise for women (and men) who want to engineer damaged tissues and organs by stimulating their body’s own repair mechanisms. This can make you look and feel 20 years younger, naturally.
In this non physicians guide to anti-aging & regenerative medicine, we dive into the ugly truth that you cannot change the course of your natural aging process. Though at times you feel that it is unfair how some individuals are blessed with genes that age much slower. These people are very lucky and should thank their parents for that. However, for the rest of us, all hope is not lost.
What Is Anti Aging Medicine.
Since the beginning of time, the human race, more particularly women have been using anti-aging products in a bid to preserve their youth. Fortunately, as beauty technology advances so does the anti-ageing products. Back in the 1980s, the focus was mainly on solving problems such as fading browns spots, smoothing wrinkles, and reducing skin dryness.
Fast forward to current times; anti-aging products and beauty technology has grown leaps and bounds. It focuses on preventive or age-defying measures that entail slowing down aging effects from being visible in the first place. In this non physicians guide to anti-aging, I explain what you must do to keep a youthful look for as long as possible.
How To Prevent Visible Aging
Before we delve deep into preventative measures, you need to understand that there are two types of aging; intrinsic and extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging refers to the natural aging process. As you age, your face loses some of its youthfulness. The skin becomes drier and thinner.
Wrinkles start to show. Our genes are responsible for this kind of aging and there is nothing you can do to control it. However, the good news is that genes only contribute 20-30% of your aging. This is the “Intrinsic” aging process.
The rest of aging (70-80%) comes from extrinsic aging which you can control or rather manage to a large extent. After a few decades of laughter and pain, sleepless nights nursing your kids, long working hours, yelling at your husband and other hassles and joys; life leaves marks which manifest themselves on your skin as aging.
Thus, extrinsic aging comes from your lifestyle choices and your environment; both aspects that can be controlled. This is great news because it means you can control the aging process to a large extent by taking care of yourself and making the right choices in terms of skin care, diet, and lifestyle. If maintaining a youthful look whether you are in your 40s, 50s or 60s is what you are looking for, keep reading to enlighten yourself on how to achieve exactly that.
What Makes Your Skin Age Faster? The Non Physicians Guide to Anti-Aging Says…
We all love the sun, but it can also be your worst enemy. The ultraviolet rays from direct exposure to sunlight are likely to be the number one reason your skin is aging prematurely. Yes, we all know that the sun feels amazing on our bodies, especially when getting that injection of vitamin D. Moreover, it gives you a tan that makes your skin look amazing. A little bit of sun, in fact, is great for your skin.
However, the sun is can also be your enemy.
Prolonged and regular exposure to direct sunlight can cause extensive damage to your skin as you age. Just like a microwave oven, extensive exposure to UV sun rays literally cooks your skin. As a result, your skin cells and blood vessels weaken and in some instances, you may experience reduced skin elasticity, pigmentation, skin texture degradation and increased sagging and wrinkling.
Whether you are running errands or having fun at the beach, protecting yourself from the sun is important to maintain young looks. In this physicians guide to anti-aging, it’s recommended that you stay in the shade, or wear clothes that cover your skin and more importantly, wear water resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher).
Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is extremely important, and the sooner you start doing that, the more likely you will be able to fix your damaged skin or prevent the damage from starting. Women who started wearing sunscreen in their 20s are so lucky. At this point their faces are smooth and glowing just as if they were in their 20s or 30s.
However, if you haven’t been wearing sunscreen for the past 5 decades of your life, you are not doomed. It is never too late to start. In fact, it will not only prevent further damage, but it can also reverse some of the damage already done. If you love a tanned look, do not soak up the sun’s rays or use a tanning bed or other tanning equipment. Instead, apply a self-tanner that will give you an immaculate tanned skin without causing any damage.
Yes, we all love a good nights sleep. You might wonder how sleep and aging are related. Probably some of you know that having enough rest is not only good for your health, but also slows down your biological clock. When you don’t sleep well, you wake up feeling and looking groggy.
In more extreme cases, you might get bags and dark circles around your eyes. Now you can imagine the toll that prolonged sleep deprivation has on your body and your skin. First, cortisol levels shoot up, which in turn aggravate inflammatory conditions. Secondly, the skin ages or rather gets damaged faster due to poor collagen formation which slows internal recovery.
Enough of the medical jargon in this non physicians guide to anti-aging. What I am simply saying is that, although burning the midnight oil is at times fun and necessary, it can accelerate the aging of your skin. Getting quality sleep of at least 7 hours each night is the perfect recipe for a glowing flawless skin.
You may need to take a seat for what is coming next. Did you know that your sleeping position may be the reason you have wrinkles on your face? Yes, you heard that right. In fact, it is the second most likely cause of premature wrinkles on the face. If you sleep on your sides, it means that you might be spending hours each day undoing the positive progress of your skin care regimen.
Sleeping on your side is like ironing wrinkles on your face. Get into the habit of sleeping on your back, this way you can prevent premature wrinkles from forming on your face.
Our faces were meant to move. This is the reason why we have 43 different muscles on our face. These muscles help us make facial expressions; when we are happy, angry, stressed, smiling, laughing, yawning, squinting among others. These repetitive facial movements cause wrinkling along areas where skin folds.
However, some facial expressions cause more damage than others. For instance, happy people tend to look generally young; because they are filled with optimism, hope and joy. In a generally happy face, the muscles are mainly in a relaxed state, thus will have less scowl marks and wrinkled eyebrows.
On the other hand, nothing takes its toll on your skin harder and faster than constant anxiety, worry, or stress. Perpetual distress and anger can permanently scar your face because every time you’re stressed about something, you tend to scowl your face. This scowling is likely to form deep wrinkles and fine lines in other parts of your face.
Without delving too much into medical terms, in this non physicians guide to anti-aging, stress is known to trigger a chain of events that cause premature aging of the skin at the cellular level. This doesn’t mean that a day or two of stress will fill your face full of wrinkles; however, the kind of expression you carry on your face at least 50% of the time will be instrumental in determining where and how deep the wrinkles will.
Each drug, whether prescription or illegal affects your body differently. Generally speaking, drug use stresses the nervous system, resulting in the production of adrenals that damage the connective tissue. This results in loose, flaccid, sagging skin. Smoking particularly causes extensive damage to the skin because it starves the body cells of the badly needed oxygen, resulting in tired-looking, dull, skin. Moreover, smoking lowers the levels of vitamin C in the blood by up to 60%. This affects the production of collagen responsible for skin elasticity and healthy skin regeneration.
Alcohol takes a huge toll on your skin. It causes skin dryness by dehydrating your skin, resulting in eventual damage. Moreover, the toxic alcoholic elements are broken down in the deeper layers of your skin causing inflammation of capillaries and flushing of the cheeks and the nasal bridge.
How To Slow Down Your Biological Clock. The non physicians guide to anti-aging says…
Throughout this non physician’s guide to anti-aging & regenerative medicine article, it is clear that as you age, your skin loses its natural beauty, vibrancy and glow. This doesn’t mean that you have to take all this lying down. There is much you can do to rejuvenate your withering skin. The only way to achieve this is through proper care of your skin.
Since exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin damage for all ages, sunscreen is one of the most important skin care products that will prevent premature skin aging and wrinkles. Following a proper skin care-routine will be instrumental in helping you achieve flawless healthy skin.
First, you need to know your skin type because each skin-type requires a different kind of treatment. Regardless of your skin type, you must wash your face twice a day and each time you experience heavy sweating. This is because sweat irritates the skin which can result in skin problems. Additionally, don’t go to bed with your make up on.
Besides the above basic skin care practices, having specialized skin care treatment using the right skin care products can help you effectively rejuvenate your skin and the appearance of youthfulness. Thanks to technology advancements in cosmetics, skin care treatments and products are getting sophisticated by the day. It is now possible to accelerate the skin renewal process without expensive or painful surgery. Top skincare products can mimic healthy skin DNA functions by repairing the skin at the cellular level.
There are products that harness the healing power of antioxidants to slow down the skin aging caused by free radicals in your body. Botox can eliminate wrinkles around the eyes, chemical peels smoothen the skin, while fillers such as hyaluronic acid or collagen eliminate lines around the mouth.
These options are expensive, but they work. Surgery should be your last option. A few decades ago surgery was used to tighten sagging skin. However, a new procedure called Thermage uses heat to deliver the same results, but again, this option is costly.
In this non physicians guide to anti-aging, understand that scientific advancements and natural ingredients in today’s cosmetics can transform your damaged, aging skin. You can use both methods if you are above the age of 50 because your skin needs more attention. The natural method not only keeps out the bad chemicals, but also offers a remedy that gently transforms your skin over time with minimal side effects. The scientific approach offers a more dramatic effect, with stronger ingredients you need as you age.
In this non physicians guide to anti-aging, the bottom-line is that prevention is the real genius behind anti-aging. Your ability to slow down and even reverse your biological clock to some extent trickles down to your ability to take care of your skin now. How you treat body, skin, and mind now will determine how you age. Fortunately, it is never too late to benefit. Though you might already have signs of premature skin aging and/or might have already hit your 50s, taking the right steps will set you on the path to restoring your youthful looks.
What’s Next For Women Who Want To Feel & Look Younger?
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