If you’re a regular reader, you know that on Live Lighter we promote natural solutions. For naturally younger skin, you’ll have to eat super clean (mostly vegetables), exercise regularly, get enough quality sleep, lots of water, avoid smoking and excessive stress, sun and alcohol. If having younger looking skin will make you happy and you just can’t live an uber healthy lifestyle, then consider these non-surgical ways presented by guest blogger, Bob Gorman.
Looking young well into old age is an eternal dream of many. As medicine and technology advance by leaps and bounds, this dream is increasingly becoming a reality. Surgeons and dermatologists alike have updated their arsenal for the war on wrinkles with sophisticated cutting edge weapons that seem to turn back the clock.
What’s more, there’s a variety of procedures that are non-surgical, so you need not go under the knife. Here is my pick of the top 5:
This therapy consists of directing short and highly concentrated pulsating beams of light at unsightly skin, and thus removing it one layer at a time. C02 laser therapy can be used effectively to treat a variety of dermatological issues including warts, scars, wrinkles, enlarged nasal oil glands, and many other conditions. Recovery takes up to two weeks, but the effects are long lasting.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a great choice for a dermal filler as it is highly compatible with the human body. The active ingredient is common in humans and serves as a network that is used to transport essential nutrients from the blood stream directly to skin cells. The procedure works by injecting a gel that acts much like a cushion that inflates in order to support facial tissue and structures that might have sagged or lost volume in the ageing process. It also helps to bring water to the surface of the skin for a supple and fresh look.
Chemical peels are widely considered an inexpensive and effective alternative to surgery. Exfoliation is the name of the game: removing the top layer of skin and peeling dead skin cells away exposes healthy new skin. This is done by topically applying small amounts of acid to the skin. Lactic, glycolic or trichloroacetic acids are the ones most commonly used. There is, however, a downside to chemical peels. The acid can sting and cause some pain and discomfort. On top of this, the healing process can take up to a fortnight. During this time the skin may look raw and sunburnt.
Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins
Although most common during pregnancy and in older women, varicose veins can affect almost anyone. Varicose veins, also known as spider veins, are in essence enlarged discoloured veins near the surface of the skin. These unsightly veins appear most often on legs, thighs and ankles. Luckily, there is a simple and harmless solution: Sclerotherapy. By injecting a small amount of sclerosant solution into the varicose vein, it will close and eventually fade away. A recent study by The Vein Institute in Australia consisted of two sessions with a 43 year old mother of three. After only two sclerotherapies, the veins faded to the point of being almost invisible.
Sculptra is a relatively new beauty procedure, approved for use in 2009. Since then, it has earned high acclaim for being safe and having relatively long-lasting effects. To put it simply, sculptra volumizes wrinkles and serves to correct deep ones such as smile lines and brow wrinkles. A synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid is the key ingredient. It is a substance that is naturally formed in the body during exercise. Sculptra provides great value for money: a three session treatment will last you more than two years.
Although there’s a myriad of procedures out there that can make you look younger, be sure to make the distinction between non-surgical and non-damaging. When used in moderation, these procedures can greatly improve your looks and confidence. Be wary of the slippery slope: too many procedures can have an adverse effect. Just take a look at some Hollywood stars whose over-enthusiasm for surgical procedures has left them looking more alien-like than young.
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About the Author
Bob Gorman is a freelance writer and a passionate blogger. He likes writing articles that cover health, family and home related topics. He has written numerous articles and contributed to several other blogs. When he is not writing, he spends his time with his four year old son and his wife Lana.
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