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How to Have the Best Skin Ever – At Any Age!
It’s no secret that age plays a huge role in how your skin looks and the way you take care of it. As the birthdays pile on, biological and hormonal changes occur which causes shifts in how your skin looks and feels.
Dr. Kevin Sliwowicz, MD, one of Toronto’s top facial aesthetics experts breaks down preventative and corrective measures and how to care for your skin, decade by decade, for radiant looking skin year-round.
In Your 20’s:
Your 20’s are your skin’s glory days. At this point in your life your skin is soft, supple, even-toned and naturally moisturized. Your oil glands are working at full speed, which means at times you may be producing an excess of sebum, resulting in unwanted breakouts. Whatever you do, stay away from DIY pimple popping. Picking at pimples and can lead to inflammation and acne scars, which is difficult to reverse. There are several options available to treat acne, including laser treatments and topical medication. When faced with this problem, it is important to see a professional who can advise on the best alternative for your skin type and track results. A professional will also be able to offer you effective topical medication that is not available over-the-counter.
Even if acne is not a problem at this stage, it is still important to carry out good habits early on that will bring on a lifetime of great skin. The most important skin care habits are more effective and inexpensive than any serum or cream on the market, but you have to start now. Good exercise, diet and sleep habits, cutting out the use of tobacco products, caffeine and alcohol, and limiting sun exposure all help your skin remain young for longer, decreasing the signs of aging and the risk of developing skin cancer.
In Your 30’s:
Once you turn 30, your oil glands are beginning to shrink and oil production slows down. Breakouts are not as common at this stage, but because your skin is producing less oil, you may notice it starting to become dry. This is also the time when collagen production and cell renewal begins to slow down and genetics, sun exposure and hormonal influences may start to take a toll on your skin’s appearance. There are plenty of solutions to help your skin get its mojo back. The AFA (Amino Acid Skin Care) Clay-peel is a gentle yet effective treatment to help diminish acne scars and sun damage even on sensitive skin. The treatment is a two-step process. In step one, the clay mask pulls oil and sebum away from the skin to maximize the effect of the amino acid applied in step two. It is ideal for busy people who can’t take any down time to take care of their skin, as it provides fast recovery times, little to no irritation or pain and redness ranging from only a few minutes to a few hours.
In Your 40’s:
This is the time when most people are bothered by signs of aging and wanting a quick fix. Skin typically loses elasticity, causing wrinkles and lines to become more visible, especially around the mouth and eyes. During this stage in life, most people want fast results from a skin care product. Some treatments such as microdermabrasion provide an immediate improvement of the appearance of your skin by removing dead, damaged and flaking skin cells and stimulating the production of new cells and collagen. For deeper signs of aging and longer lasting results, Juvederm and Restylane are dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a natural occurring substance in our skin that adds volume and hydration, and are very effective in correcting lines and grooves. It provides excellent results that feel and look very natural and last up to one to two years. Laser treatments can also be used to treat age spots and sun damage in women in their 40’s and beyond.
In Your 50’s:
When you get to your 50’s and beyond, you may notice the collagen in your skin start to break down, becoming more fragile and resulting in unwanted wrinkles. For some people, the cheeks will hollow out, deep dark circles will appear under the eyes and lips will lose their plumpness. Juvederm and Restylane remain some of the best natural alternatives for this stage in life, besides being safe and non-allergenic.
Another problem that is common at this point is double-chin, a common condition that occurs when a layer of fat forms below your chin. It is often associated with weight gain, but genetics or looser skin resulting from aging may also be the cause. The submental fat of a double chin is especially resistant to lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise, and it can make you look older and heavier no matter what your age of weight is. For many years, the only treatment for this condition was surgery, but a treatment called Belkyra has recently joined the list of treatments allowed in Canada. Using a natural substance that our bodies produce to break down the fat we eat, it works to dissolve the protein membranes around fat cells, allowing them to collapse and be processed naturally by the body. The procedure is simple and fast, and usually only two to three treatments are required depending on the amount of fat in the area.
No matter your age group or skincare needs, it is imperative to seek treatment from a trusted professional with years of experience in the medical field to make you feel good in your own skin.
Dr. Kevin Sliwowicz is a registered and certified physician who has been practicing both emergency medicine and dermatology and cosmetic since 1996. Dr. Sliwowicz is renowned for his expertise in healing acne prone skin, but also for his exclusive and ultra-modern techniques in the use of industry-leading injectables, including Juvederm. In addition, Dr. Sliwowicz has extensive surgical experience in the removal of moles and abnormal skin growths. He practices dermatology at the Toronto Centre for Advanced Skin Repair .