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April 24, 2019

Why does our skin age? 👵👴

Your skin probably doesn’t look the same as it did 15 years ago. (If it does, please share your secrets!) Both your DNA and external factors, like UV exposure, diet, exercise and your favorite sleeping position, determine how you age. As the years pass, the skin tends to get looser, dryer, and less even-looking for everyone.
Now for the good news—you can keep up a youthful look with smart daily choices and non-invasive procedures. Keep scrolling to read about some of the most common signs of aging and how you can turn them around.

Sun Exposure: ☀️

THE CAUSE: Daily sun exposure

THE RESULT: UV rays break down collagen and elastin, which form the flexible tissue under the skin’s surface. When that connective tissue breaks down, the skin gets weaker and less elastic, and that’s a recipe for sagging and wrinkles. Making matters worse, UV rays also damage skin at a DNA level which can leave dark spots and cause the development of skin cancer.

THE FIX:  Sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ limits your UV exposure and prevents sun damage before it starts. We sell dermatologist-recommended brands in all our offices! If you’re already seeing sun damage, chemical peels  or a variety of lasers including IPL photofacials can help reverse it with minimal downtime.

Facial Expressions: 😑

THE CAUSE: Repetitive facial expressions and your chosen sleeping position

THE RESULT: As the skin ages, it naturally grows less flexible. When it folds or creases—maybe because you’re smiling, frowning, or resting against a pillow—it eventually stops snapping back as easily. Over time, those folds and creases become permanent.

THE FIX: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, or the new Jeuveau relaxes facial muscles, keeping them from bunching skin together and creating creases. That relaxed appearance smooths existing wrinkles and helps prevent new ones from forming.

Loss of Collagen: 🌊

THE CAUSE:  Natural loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid

THE RESULT:  When your skin ages, it holds less of these substances, resulting in a drier texture and a thinned out look.

THE FIX: Dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvederm family or Belotero can re-infuse the skin with hyaluronic acid, which leads to a firmer and smoother appearance.

Want to get closer to the fountain of youth? If you’re searching for the best anti-aging strategy for you, we’re here to help. Make an appointment and we’ll keep your skin looking its best for years to come. 

Yours in good health (and good looks),
The West Dermatology Team