When you are young you just assume you will have certain things figured out by the time you reach a certain age. Many of us have awakened to find we really didn’t know what we’ve been doing with all the years that have seemingly flown by. And skincare is no different. In the blink of an eye, we go from spot treating acne to trying to camouflage the fine lines that have shown on our face up overnight. 

From Tik Tok skincare hacks to the Stanley Cup hype encouraging all day hydration, we are inundated with information just about everywhere with ways to benefit the skin. Each generation, like the one before it, is convinced they have found the fountain of youth. Decades ago, a simple bar of soap was all one needed for great skin. Years later, the holy grail was concluded in popular over the counter products like Oil of Olay. Today, teenagers are slathering on retinol like your grandmothers slept with gobs of cold cream. While some reputable brands remain the gold standard for beautiful skin, the landscape of dermatology is filled with solutions for everything from allergic reactions to preventative aging. 

Unlocking the secrets to youthful skin is about more than what is applied topically; it is about unlocking the potential for your best skin ever. Natural aging causes the skin to undergo changes such as loss of collagen and elastin that leads to wrinkles and sagging. Sun exposure over time, lifestyle choices and genetics can accelerate the aging process causing uneven skin tone as well as dull, textured skin. At THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology, we provide a dermatologist’s guide to maintaining a youthful complexion. Key strategies include sun protection, healthy lifestyle habits, hydration, a consistent skincare routine and professional treatments. 

One of the most effective ways to maintain youthful skin is by protecting it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Dermatologists emphasize the importance of wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day to prevent premature aging and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as engaging in regular exercise, getting adequate sleep and managing stress levels to promote overall skin health. Proper hydration is key to healthy, youthful-looking skin. Dermatologists advise drinking plenty of water and using moisturizers containing humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to attract and retain moisture in the skin, resulting in a plump, radiant complexion. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are important components of a consistent skincare routine. Incorporating ingredients such as retinoids, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to target signs of aging and promote collagen production are vital to unlocking the secrets to youthful skin. While at-home routines will do wonders for the skin, some skin concerns require a higher degree of intervention in the form of laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal fillers. 
Radiant skin is achievable with a customized treatment plan. To get yours, schedule an appointment with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology by calling 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE.