The Face of BEAUTY

THE FIRST SIGNS OF SKIN AGE­ING CAN BE PRE­VENTED AND RE­VERSED BY FOL­LOW­ING SPE­CIFIC TREAT­MENTS AND THER­A­PIES

India Today - - Good To Know - KI­RAN SETHI LO­HIA Der­ma­tol­o­gist and Founder, Isya Aes­thet­ics, Delhi

No mat­ter how old you be­come, you still feel like a young ver­sion of your­self. This is the view most psy­chol­o­gists have. When we age and look at our­selves in the mir­ror, there is a sense of shock and dis­be­lief. “I am sup­posed to be 25. Where did those wrin­kles come from?” How does one rec­on­cile the self-image with re­al­ity? The rise of anti-age­ing tech­nol­ogy and ther­a­pies al­low us to re­cap­ture our youth­ful look. Age­ing can­not be stopped en­tirely but there are means to help re­duce its rav­ages.

MORE THAN SKIN DEEP

Where do the signs of age­ing show up? The skin is di­vided into three lay­ers—the epi­der­mis, the der­mis and the sub­cu­ta­neous layer—and no layer is spared the ef­fects of time. As we age, the skin cells be­come less reg­u­lated. Our epi­der­mal bar­rier weak­ens, our melanocytes be­have badly, and our skin stops look­ing sup­ple, bright and clear. We get freck­les or age spots, pig­men­ta­tion, and the skin gets dry and sen­si­tive, and dull. This all oc­curs in the epi­der­mis and der­mis. Then as our fi­brob­lasts also be­come less ef­fec­tive, col­la­gen and elastin, the build­ing blocks of youth­ful skin, are pro­duced less, and what is still there be­comes dam­aged. There are pores and fine lines and the skin tex­ture de­te­ri­o­rates. The skin starts to sag and the fa­cial fat re­duces. Now when

you are try­ing to look younger, you have to re­verse the signs of age­ing on all three lay­ers.

THE ART OF RE­VERSE AGE­ING

To im­prove the in­trin­sic youth­ful­ness of the skin and keep the epi­der­mis and der­mis look­ing bright and clear, good genes ther­apy is a must. Now what is this? A com­bi­na­tion of mi­cro der­mabra­sion, mi­cro needling, vac­uum as­sisted vi­ta­min in­fu­sion and LED, the ther­apy stim­u­lates the same col­la­gen we had as a baby. It also helps the skin cells reg­u­late them­selves so they stop be­hav­ing badly. A course of the ther­apy can help your skin re­gain its nat­u­ral youth and sup­ple­ness while also im­prov­ing pig­men­ta­tion, pores, lines and glow. So, con­sider this the ba­sic foun­da­tion of your an­ti­age­ing rou­tine.

Now it’s time to go a lit­tle deeper. Those deep lines, larger pores and deeper dis­coloura­tions need stronger re­sults. So, look for ther­a­pies such as fo­cus ton­ing, CL4D, or sim­ple PHOTOHD photo fa­cials. Th­ese will tar­get er­rant pig­men­ta­tion while also boost­ing col­la­gen se­cre­tion mak­ing your skin sig­nif­i­cantly clearer, with­out lines and pores. For those with se­vere lines that oc­cur when you use mus­cles such as the frown lines, fore­head lines, and crow’s feet, you can con­sider bo­tox done ev­ery three to six months.

Fi­nally, let’s get down to the deep­est layer. Sag­ging af­fects us all and those hor­rid lines near our mouths, deep un­der eye cir­cles, thin­ning lips, the loss of our jaw­line and the ap­pear­ance of neck lines re­veal our age to all those around us. Look for ther­a­pies that tar­get col­la­gen in the deep­est lay­ers such as ulthera and ther­mit­ight. Done once a year, the treat­ment will help your skin look tighter and you younger by at least five to ten years. You can also con­sider hyaluronic acid-based fillers to lift and fill hol­lows and lines. When done cor­rectly, it can look beau­ti­fully nat­u­ral and fresh and lasts over a year.

The fi­nal point—don’t for­get your neck, chest and hand. Of­ten the first signs of age show up here and of­ten they are the most ne­glected ar­eas. Start now by wear­ing sun­block on th­ese ar­eas and start ap­ply­ing retinol at night to them now.

ANTI-AGE­ING TECH­NOL­OGY AND THER­A­PIES AL­LOW US TO RE­CAP­TURE OUR YOUTH­FUL LOOK

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