Part of the ageing process is genetic.  Just as our genetic make-up determines our eye colour and whether our hair is curly or straight, genes also have some say in whether our skin retains a firm texture into our sixties and seventies, or begins to wrinkle and sag during our forties.  It goes without saying that on the other hand the aging process and the speed of it are largely affected by environmental factors and by our lifestyle and by the care we take (or do not take) about our skin.

There are many ways to reverse or diminish the aging process and keep our skin looking radiant, smooth and healthy.

Prevention should start from the earliest possible age.  This means that even as a teenager a person should begin doing the things that will prevent the onset of skin aging.  Using moisterizing skin creams, for example, should begin in the teenage years.

If you have never smoked: don't.  And if you do: reduce it or just quit entirely.

Try to engage in intense physical exercise including cardiovascular activity at least 2 or 3 times a week.  Not smoking and getting enough exercise will allow you to breathe much more deeply, supplying your cells with more oxygen and removing more toxins from your body, both of which result in healthier skin.

Stay out of the sun as much as possible and especially between 12:00 and 16:00 h. Sunbathing on a beach or next to a swimming pool may be fun, but even the strongest sun protecting creams can not eliminate the devastating effect of the sun's UV radiation on your skin.  Never use a tanning bed or a spray tan.

Eat and drink plenty of foods that contain anti-oxydants, such as pure fruit drinks, green tea, fresh vegetables and fruits and nuts.  Cut back on refined sugars and fried food.  Take dietary supplements that are known for promoting healthy skin and hair.

Stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of water, especially if you drink alcohol or coffee.

And if you are still bothered about visible signs of aging, a number of medical treatments are available.  

Injectable fillers and Botulinum toxin are suitable for people with busy lifestyles who do not want the inconvenience of a long recovery. 

Chemical Peelings improve the skin's appearance by applying a chemical solution, causing the top layer of the skin to separate and peel off.  The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled and may be more even in colour. 

Mesotherapy delivers vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other ingredients directly into the skin to nourish and rejuvenate, promote production of collagen and elastin and stimulate metabolism.

Scientific research in the field of anti-ageing continues to give rise to new and promising treatment options. 

We can help you to sort through these numerous options.  During a (free) consultation our doctor will examine your skin, discuss your expectations and recommend the suitable treatment options.

 

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