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Anti-Aging Overview

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We all want to turn back the clock and rejuvenate our skin. There are an infinite number of anti-aging skin care products available for both men and women that promise to make our skin look healthier and younger. It may all seem overwhelming, but the science of anti-aging and the many products and treatments that work don't have to be confusing.

The first thing to know is that many factors contribute to the aging process in your skin. Be prepared to try several products before finding an anti-aging regimen that works best for you.

  • Dry and sensitive skin problems result from environmental, chemical and genetic factors. If you live in a dry climate or in a geographical area that experiences extreme hot and cold temperatures, you'll be more susceptible to dry skin conditions. Exposure to cosmetics, moisturizers, perfumes and even laundry detergents can cause allergic reactions in some people who have sensitivities to their chemical ingredients. Genes will often dictate susceptibility to dry or sensitive skin problems as well as any evidence of aging skin. Look for brands whose anti-aging products contain all-natural ingredients, gentle cleansers and moisturizers.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles are usually attributed directly to aging and are therefore the targets of most anti-aging and skin rejuvenation products on the market. Moisture and oil content determines skin's softness and flexibility. As we age, oil and perspiration production decreases and leads to drier skin, which is more likely to form fine lines and wrinkles. The skin renewal process also slows with age and causes the skin structure to weaken, wrinkle and sag.
  • Acne is usually associated with puberty but can affect adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. The precise cause isnt known, but hormones, stress, and poor or dirty make-up are the suspected culprit's. Most acne begins as blackheads, which can become pimples. If infected, they are subject to break and scar the skin. Fortunately, many over-the-counter anti-aging products for adults can help prevent or minimize acne breakouts and premium products prescribed from dermatologists can combat severe cases. Look for products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to fight acne.
  • Pigmentation of the skin is a common sign of aging. Typically, skin pigmentation occurs as blotchy patches on the cheeks and forehead. Also known as hyperpigmenation, the condition can worsen with age as dead skin cells accumulate on the skin's surface and begin to look gritty or rough with time. Exfoliants and skin brighteners are the most common anti-aging products suggested to minimize pigmentation.

The battle against aging can take the form of anti-aging therapy. This tactic sounds fancy, but it's pretty simple: change your lifestyle. People today live far more stressful lives than previous generations and are therefore more likely to suffer from an accelerated aging process. Alcohol intake and smoking are two activities that promote wrinkles and skin discoloration. Hydration, exercise and a balanced diet are key components of an anti-aging regimen.

For those who want to take a more aggressive stance, many anti-aging supplements are available. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) supplements are thought to restore lost muscle tissue. Human growth hormone (HGH) boosts the immune system and increases muscular strength .

Anti-aging cosmetics are the most basic and readily available options in skin care. You probably already own the three most popular: sun block, moisturizer and wrinkle cream. All three of these anti-aging cosmetics seem like obvious solutions, but their importance can't be overstated. Other anti-aging products, like specially-formulated make-up for mature skin and fragrance-free cleansers, can be included in the anti-aging war chest as well.

Adequate vitamin intake will slow down the aging process. Resilient skin relies on anti-aging vitamins such vitamins E and C, antioxidants that are believed to prevent skin damage from free radicals that cause hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Vitamin A helps prevent sun damage and vitamin C helps the healing process. Without these anti-aging vitamins, skin can become dry, oily, blotchy and dull.

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