A New Year, A New You

The best approach to anti-aging is to look at your overall health as well as skin and beauty. In order to be effective at anti-aging, it helps to understand what anti-aging is. What does anti-aging really mean? The definition of anti-aging is to delay, stop or retard the aging process. Our bodies are made of cells, and aging occurs when there is cell death. As an infant, child and young adult, our body’s cells are strong, resilient and can make new cells. As the years advance, our body’s ability to generate new cells diminishes, cell death occurs, and the aging process ensues.

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The best approach to anti-aging is to look at your overall health as well as skin and beauty. In order to be effective at anti-aging, it helps to understand what anti-aging is. What does anti-aging really mean? The definition of anti-aging is to delay, stop or retard the aging process. Our bodies are made of cells, and aging occurs when there is cell death. As an infant, child and young adult, our body’s cells are strong, resilient and can make new cells. As the years advance, our body’s ability to generate new cells diminishes, cell death occurs, and the aging process ensues. 

Maintaining healthy, young looking skin is what your society deems as beautiful or handsome. Different from other organs in the body such as the heart, lungs or liver, the skin is visible to everyone. No one knows if your internal organs look old or used but your skin is visible. Everyone can see how old your skin is, unless you do something to defy aging. Start the anti-aging process. As we age, cell death occurs when cells are unable to remove free radicals, which then build up in cells and cause them to burst. The easiest way to stop cell death and premature aging is to wear sunscreen and block the sun’s ability to create free radicals. Also, exfoliation is key. At age 25, we stop exfoliating as fast; maintaining moisture also makes your skin cells more durable and able to live longer.

Along with improving our inner beauty and mental health we should look our best for every one else to see. The following products are successful anti-agers:


Moisturizer
- A moisturizer that penetrates deeply into the skin can help to alleviate the visible signs of aging, including sun spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. Depending on one's skin type they may require a large or small amount of moisture added to their natural hydration level.

Sunscreen - It is imperative to wear a protective sunscreen to help insulate you from the free radicals that can be produced as a result of the harsh properties of sunrays. 

Antioxidants. Antioxidants help the skin cells bind the free radicals that contribute to the aging or cell death. Antioxidants stop the oxidation process, which leads to the visible effects of aging. 

Exfoliate - By age 30, the natural process of exfoliation that keeps young babies looking young, refreshed and new has slowed down. It is important that an external form of exfoliation is present to reveal the renewed fresh skin layer.

Include papaya in your skin regimen - Papaya is known as the natural healing fruit. It’s rich in antioxidants, and contains more vitamin A than carrots. The effects of vitamin A on the skin were a major dermatological breakthrough. It stimulates collagen to act as a humectants, which allow the skin to hold on to water and finally exfoliate. No one should have a skin program without vitamin A and papaya. In addition, papaya has a synergistic effect with cleansers and toners; it can unlock the pores to allow better penetration of these agents. Papaya is a rich source with amazing enzymes that increase cell turn over, making the skin look smooth, young and beautiful.
Peptides - Various types, stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin.

Vitamin A derivatives - Such as retinoic acid or retinol.

You can also take antioxidant supplements, including vitamins C and E and resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes and is thought to stimulate the SIRT1 gene. This gene is the one responsible for reducing fat stores during low calorie diets. It works to combat diabetes, viral infections and your body’s inflammatory response. Additional benefits include cancer fighting and weight loss. 

One of the biggest anti-aging tips is to stop smoking. It will prematurely age your body and kill you. The secret for greater longevity is to use a combination approach that addresses your inner wellbeing, mental health and an effective topical beauty regimen.

Blog written by Susan Evans, MD
Dr. Susan Evans is an internationally acclaimed, health and beauty expert one of Oprah's and Dr. Oz's healthy skin and beauty...