In­sider Se­crets for Beau­ti­ful Skin

Plas­tic sur­geon of­fers the sur­prise scoop

The Covington News - - Society -

If any­one knows how time and an ac­tive life­style can im­pact a per­son’s body and skin, it’s a plas­tic sur­geon. Nearly 11.7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans turned to cos­metic pro­ce­dures last year to im­prove their ap­pear­ances. How­ever, New York City-based plas­tic sur­geon Shirley Mad­here, M.D., says you can im­prove your ap­pear­ance, without go­ing un­der the knife!

“As you age, your skin nat­u­rally be­comes thin­ner and loses its elas­tic­ity,” says Dr. Mad­here. “Since your skin does not pro­duce as many nat­u­ral oils as it once did, it also be­comes a bit drier. All of th­ese fac­tors make your skin more prone to sag­ging and to wrin­kles.”

Dr. Mad­here of­fers th­ese tips for looking great at any age:

1. Avoid pro­longed sun ex­po­sure: “I can’t tell you how many pro­ce­dures I have per­formed that could have been de­layed if the client had taken pre­cau­tions to pro­tect his or her skin from the sun,” says Dr. Mad­here, who rec­om­mends a daily sun­screen with SPF 30 or greater. “Opt for sun­less tan­ners and bronz­ers if you de­sire a sun-kissed look.”

2. Work from the in­side out: “What you put into your body is re­flected on the out­side,” she says. A known ag­ing cul­prit is cig­a­rette smok­ing, which saps skin of Vi­ta­min A and may give it a sal­low hue. “Quit­ting smok­ing will add years to your life and will also help pre­vent some lines and wrin­kles from form­ing.” Dr. Mad­here also rec­om­mends eat­ing fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, which are high in an­tiox­i­dants. A su­per­vised detox plan will help elim­i­nate tox­ins and clear up skin. Dr. Mad­here ad­vises keep­ing your body well hy­drated and to con­sider tak­ing a mul­ti­vi­ta­min to com­pen­sate for nu­tri­ents you may be miss­ing in your daily diet.

3. Re­duce bruise dis­col­oration and swelling: For those who do rely on their plas­tic sur­geon, Dr. Mad­here says home­o­pathic Ar­nica mon­tana works on bruis­ing and swelling af­ter cos­metic or sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures. She rec­om­mends Bo­iron’s Arnicare Gel and Ar­nica mon­tana oral pel­lets ( http:// www. arnicare. com). “Arnicare is a must for any­one who wants to have less down­time af­ter a pro­ce­dure or main­tain an ac­tive life­style but not the ef­fects of it on their skin. It re­duces bruise dis­col­oration, which can be un­sightly on ex­posed ar­eas like legs and arms. Arnicare treats everyday mus­cle aches and pain from overex­er­tion or mi­nor in­juries, so keep it handy in your purse, brief­case or gym bag.”

4. Rest and recharge: “Noth­ing ages your skin more than stress,” says Dr. Mad­here. She rec­om­mends ac­tiv­i­ties that help beat stress and keep you calm, such as yoga, ex­er­cis­ing, med­i­ta­tion and creative writ­ing. And don’t skimp on sleep — aim for 7 to 8 hours a night.

“Keep­ing your skin healthy and young looking is sim­ple if you are will­ing to in­cor­po­rate some nat­u­ral changes into your rou­tine and make an in­vest­ment in your life­style,” says Dr. Mad­here.

Metro Creative Con­nec­tion

Looking younger and more vi­brant takes a few nat­u­ral mod­i­fi­ca­tions that any­one can in­cor­po­rate into their rou­tine.

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