Younger Looking Hands Help Turn Back The Clock

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washhandsDermatology specialist Dr. Meryl Joerg with Advanced Dermatology with tips on ways to make your hands appear younger.

The hands on the clock (unfortunately) never stop moving, and neither do our own – which is one of the reasons our hands are likely to give away our age even more than our faces, according to Meryl Joerg, MD, of Advanced Dermatology P.C.

“Our hands are always exposed to the elements, so between that and normal aging, they can become wrinkled and discolored over time,” Dr. Joerg explains. “But many people don’t maintain their hands with the same kind of attention as they give their face. This can cause a real double-take for others, who may think someone looks relatively young until they spot their hands.”

In what ways do our hands show our age? One of the first things that occurs is they lose plumpness and firmness, starting to look bony. The veins on top of the hands become bigger and more prominent, the skin becomes thinner and crepe-like, and age spots – a byproduct of decades of sun exposure – start to speckle the tops as well.

“Luckily, there’s much we can do to slow the hands of time, at least as far as our own hands are concerned,” Dr. Joerg says.

Tips for younger-looking hands

How to accomplish this? For starters, Dr. Joerg suggests these easy, non-invasive measures:

* Exfoliate your hands with a gentle sugar or salt scrub to rid your hands of dead skin.

* Moisturize daily. “This tip is intuitive – obviously, softer hands make for younger-looking hands,” Dr. Joerg says. “For a more aggressive approach, use moisturizers containing retinol or hydroquinone, which help lighten age spots.”

* Use soap-free cleansers for hand washing, which aren’t as drying.

* Use gentle non-fragranced dishwashing soaps and/or wear gloves for this daily chore.

* Don gloves while gardening during the warmer months, since dirt and grime aren’t gentle to the skin. *

* This also protects the skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

* Get a hand massage. “These aren’t only luxurious, but they get the blood circulating to the hands, which brings nutrients with it,” Dr. Joerg notes.

* Get a manicure to keep hands looking younger. Do not cut cuticles as this can cause infection and swelling around nails. Simply push the cuticles back. I advise against using UV light machines to cure nails as this directly damages the skin and can lead to discoloration and skin cancer.

* “Keep fingernails short – which is the style at the moment – and consider using ‘younger’ nail polish shades such as grays, blues or greens, which look very current,” she suggests.

* Wear sunscreen on your hands daily, even during colder months. “Exposure to ultraviolet light through the windshield while we’re driving can really add up over time, aging the hands” she says.

Cosmetic procedures offer a helping hand

Many people don’t maintain their hands with the same kind of attention as they give their face. This can cause a real double-take for others, who may think someone looks relatively young until they spot their hands.

Cosmetic procedures done by dermatologists represent a more involved approach to younger-looking hands but also offer more dramatic results. “These techniques can pick up where diligent personal efforts leave off,” Dr. Joerg says. These cosmetic procedures include:

Fillers: Radiesse has been FDA-approved for use in the hands, and this injectable product fills in lines, folds and depressions. “Radiesse is injected into the skin on the back of the hands to add volume and can reduce the visibility of bones, veins and tendons in the hands,” she says. “In addition, injecting filler into the hands helps stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, which enhances the end result.” Results are immediate and can last from 1 to 2 years.

Lasers: Diffuse sun damage on the tops of our hands – showing up in the form of profuse freckling or larger, unsightly age spots, and thinning of the skin – can be reduced by laser treatments. Some lasers specifically target the brown pigment of freckles and age spots. Other lasers such as Fraxel stimulate collagen in the skin to diminish the wrinkles, break apart the pigment, and thicken the skin “Usually 3 to 5 sessions are needed for the full effect of the lasers to be apparent,” Dr. Joerg explains.

Regardless of which combination of tactics you use to attack aging hands, Dr. Joerg encourages everyone to be as proactive about their hand maintenance as they are about their face. “We slather sunscreen, hydrating creams and wrinkle-reducing serums all over our face to look younger, and often we consider cosmetic procedures to bring the results to the next level,” she says. “Why wouldn’t you give your hands the same consideration? You don’t want your hands to give away your age.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com.

– Meryl Joerg, M.D., is board certified and specializes in dermatology at Advanced Dermatology P.C.

12 Ways To Younger Looking Eyes – Part 2

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Continued from part 1 of this article…..

eye7. Fraxel Eyelid Tightening

Fraxel, a fractional laser treatment, can be used to gently resurface eyelids gradually and can be used in addition to filler or surgical treatments. This laser therapy is the most innovative approach to laser skin treatment by resurfacing the skin 15 to 30 percent each session. Just one treatment Fraxel can reverse up to 10 years of eye aging. Microscopic columns of treatment are administered along the desired sections of skin which stimulates collagen production, the protein responsible for tightening and structuring the skin.

Results are usually seen within one to two weeks post treatment, and there is virtually no downtime because no invasive surgery was necessary. Aside from eyelid tightening, the Fraxel laser is also an effective treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, surface scarring, sun spot pigmentation and sun damage.

8. Ulthera For Upper Eyebrows

Ultherapy is FDA approved for nonsurgical brow lifts, which is an effective way to smooth out and tighten the skin around the eyes to achieve a natural, young looking set of eyes without turning to surgery alternatives. Ulthera uses ultrasound technology to tighten skin by thermally heating deep layers of the skin, which stimulates new collagen production. With new and healthy collagen, the skin will tighten and strengthen the foundational layers of the skin, ultimately smoothing skin from the inside out.

When Ultherapy lifts the brow and opens up the eyes, it reduces the excess skin that rests on the lids. This non-surgical alternative creates and maintains a more youthful appears in one 30 to 60 minute procedures that provides patients the ability to forgo invasive eyelift surgery.

9. Fillers: Belotero and Restylane Around The Eyes

Injectable fillers are effective ways to smooth the skin around the eyes and provide subtle, natural looking volume to correct hollow eyes. Belotero is specially designed to diminish both fine lines around the eyes and the upper lip. It’s one of the newest fillers released onto the market that can provide volume while simultaneously hydrating the skin.

Another effective non-surgical eyelift treatment utilizes Restylane’s ability to create a fuller lower eyelid while filling in lines and folds. This cosmetic dermal filler’s key ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found in the body. Because it is naturally produced, there is no chance of an allergic reaction, which also makes it biodegradable. The body will naturally break down the filler substance within six to nine months post injection. The whole procedure takes 10 minutes and is injected into the lower eyelids in order to rejuvenate its appearance and restore volume for sunken eyes.

In order to ensure that eye-restoration is fully addressed, volume, texture, and excess skin must all be taken into consideration when choosing to correct baggy eyes. Often times, surgery is not necessary to remove excess skin around the eyes, however the tightening of skin is an effective approach to supplement Restylane.

10. Get Rid of Crow’s Feet With Dysport and Botox

Patients often complain about the crow’s feet that appear along their eyes from years of smiling, laughing and squinting. Similar to the effects of fillers, which tighten and smooth the skin, Botox and Dysport provide the patient with similar results. Dysport and Botox share the same active ingredient, botulinum toxin A, a neurotoxin that simply immobilizes the nerve’s messages and stops the muscle contraction from happening. The repetitive muscle contraction, whether it be squinting or laughing are what cause the lines around the outside of the eyes. Botulinum A blocks the nerves that cause unnecessary micro movements of the muscles, which stops the crow’s feet wrinkles from happening.

The nerves won’t lose their ability to contract muscles; instead it will just stop the face from making micro-movements. When micro-movements are made throughout the face, they begin to form fine lines and hard to treat deep wrinkles. Results of a tighter and smoother skin around the eyes generally begin to show 24 hours to five days after injection. These wrinkles are indicators of older age, although recently younger people are taking steps towards avoiding the development of wrinkles all together by using Botox or Dysport.

11. Latisse For Longer Lashes That Last

Having long eyelashes can give the appearance of more youthful and attractive eyes. There are hundreds of different ways to appear to have longer lashes. Fake eyelashes with messy glue, makeup tricks, curlers, diets, transplants, and over-the-counter drugs, are all inconvenient methods that could be avoided.

Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment for eyelashes. The results are thicker, longer and darker lashes with a simple treatment application. Beautiful actress and model Brooke Shields uses Latisse for longer, fuller lashes because of its effectiveness. It is not only a safe alternative to the chaos of other methods, but it is also delicate to the sensitive surrounding area. Latisse is applied to the base of the upper lashes and is clinically proven to be highly effective in almost 80 percent of patients.

Patients that dab Latisse on their top lids each night before bed will start to see longer lashes after 4 weeks and full results are achieved in 16 weeks. The medication will automatically spread to the lower lashes when you blink.

12. Blepharoplasty: The Surgical Eyelift

When non-surgical treatments do not provide the patient with the results they desire, Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery is an effective route to achieve cosmetic goals. The procedure is performed by making tiny incisions in the eyelid and under the eye. Any excess fat is removed, the skin is then tightened and sutures are secured. Removal of the under eye fat pad will significantly decrease any puffiness around the eye, which results in a brighter and wider eye appearance. Eyelid surgery can correct droopy upper eyelids, also known as hooded eyes, but does not remove dark circles or lift sagging eyebrows, each of which can be treated separately.

A surgical eyelift is considered a minor surgery and can be performed while the patient is under local anesthesia or IV sedation. A combination of eyelid tightening, skin and fat pad removal can be performed on either the upper, lower eyelid or both.

Dr. Cameron K. Rokhsar, M.D., is the leading authority in laser surgery and non-invasive techniques, Dr. Rokhsar, has extensive training and expertise in the field of skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. A graduate of Harvard and New York University, Dr. Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained dermatologist and laser surgeon and extensively published medical author and Professor of Dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His offices are located in New York City and Garden City, Long Island.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

What You Need To Know About Free Radicals To Stay Looking Younger Longer!

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By Sharon Gnatt Epel

orangesFree radicals are unstable organic molecules that perform some truly useful functions in the human body, including fighting off infection and enhancing enzyme function, but they also play a negative role in the aging process – one that contributes to tissue damage, premature aging and disease.

How does this happen, and what can you do to minimize it? Oxidation is the natural by-product of breathing, a system that creates energy in the human body and keeps us alive. Ironically, this same system also produces free radicals – molecules that start out fairly disciplined and well-defined in their function, but tend to go rogue as we get older. They are created in response to a variety of factors including environmental pollution, excessive alcohol consumption, toxic cleaning products, and cigarette smoke. Free radicals are always looking for an extra electron they can steal away from another molecule and tack on to their own structure for stability. The result of this behavior is like a pileup of bumper cars at an amusement park. Imagine the chain reaction set off when one of these molecules manages to pry an electron away from a healthy skin cell. The free radical not only leaves behind a ravaged, defective skin cell which is now missing an electron, but turns it into a vampire-like free radical that is now on the prowl for a means toward its own stabilization. When this scenario is played out over and over again, it creates a snowball effect that weakens healthy skin and subjects it to oxidative stress that can be seen and measured in terms of sagging skin and deteriorating health.

Antioxidants are molecules that help prevent free radicals from destroying healthy tissue. Found in vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables, they accomplish this by neutralizing free radicals and interrupting the domino effect.

Antioxidants are molecules that help prevent free radicals from destroying healthy tissue. Found in vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables, they accomplish this by neutralizing free radicals and interrupting the domino effect. Your body’s ability to produce antioxidants is partially dictated by heredity, but it is also significantly affected by your exposure to environmental oxidative stress. Supplementation in the form of vitamins can be helpful in slowing down the damage, but you must be careful to monitor your consumption because mega-doses can be harmful or even toxic to the body over time. The safest and most comprehensive way to cover your bases is to eat a variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables every day. It is the synergy of the components in these naturally occurring foods that delivers the most bang for your buck. Using natural, organic and preservative free skincare products that contain anti-oxidants for topical application can also be extremely helpful in reducing your exposure to toxins and minimizing the free-radical damage they cause. This two-pronged approach of internal and external support will help stave off the aging process and allow you to look younger and feel better longer.

– Sharon Gnatt Epel is the CEO/Founder of La Ishá Natural Skincare, the 1st all-natural skincare company dedicated to safe and effective anti-aging beauty solutions for women 35+.
www. La-Isha.com

Copyright Sharon Gnatt Epel 2013