You’ve probably heard of rejuvenation skin care, which consists of any anti-aging techniques and products intended to turn back the clock and make your skin look younger. But here’s a secret: The sooner you begin an anti-aging regimen, the less you’ll need intensive treatments later down the road. Aesthetic providers recommend taking a proactive approach, called prejuvenation, to preserve your youthful skin for as long as possible. Here are some essential skin care tips to keep your skin looking younger.

Protect your skin from UV rays.

Sunlight is incredibly harmful to the skin. Over time, the ultraviolet (UV) A and UVB rays will damage your skin. The UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburn, while the UVA rays cause wrinkles and areas of hyperpigmentation, called sun spots or age spots. One of the most important skin care tips you can follow is to wear sunscreen every day, regardless of the season or the weather. Even when it’s cloudy out, your skin can sustain damage from UV rays. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin about 30 minutes before leaving home. Reapply it every two hours. Your aesthetic provider can recommend an appropriate sunscreen formulation to suit your skin type.

Use the right skin care products.

Sunscreen isn’t the only skin care product you can use for prejuvenation. Aesthetic providers like to recommend anti-aging skin cleansers and creams that contain retinoids and antioxidants. These potent ingredients fight against free radical damage, caused by exposure to air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other chemicals. Retinoids also stimulate collagen production to preserve your skin’s elasticity, tightness, and volume. With regular use, skin care products that contain these ingredients can help delay the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll also enjoy the healthy, youthful glow! Here’s a quick look at the specific benefits of certain antioxidants:

  • Polyphenols (in green tea): Act as anti-inflammatories to soothe irritation. It’s great for people with acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and sensitive skin.
  • Vitamin C: Can reverse signs of photodamage on the skin, such as hyperpigmentation. It works as a skin brightener to refresh tired, dull-looking skin.
  • Vitamin A (retinol): Corrects fine lines and wrinkles, fades dark spots, and softens rough patches.
  • Vitamin E: An anti-aging powerhouse that attacks free radicals, guards against wrinkle formation, and keeps the skin looking youthful.

Consider Botox for preventive maintenance.

Most people don’t begin to think about Botox until their late 30s or 40s. But by then, you’ve probably already got wrinkles to contend with. Instead, aesthetic experts recommend using Botox for preventive maintenance. By starting with it early, such as in your 20s, you can delay wrinkle formation for much longer. Botox works by inhibiting the actions of the muscles that cause wrinkles. To demonstrate this, stand in front of the mirror and furrow your eyebrows. You’ll see wrinkles appear. Relax your muscles, and they’ll disappear. As you grow older, those wrinkles will stay visible whether you relax those muscles or not. But if you start using Botox now, the muscles will remain relaxed and so they won’t trigger wrinkle formation.

At Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, we’re committed to bringing our patients the latest aesthetic technologies and products, including physician-recommended, anti-aging products like SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals. Schedule a personalized consult at our office in Tucson by calling (520) 323-7100. You’ll receive results-driven skin care tips on how to preserve your youthful, beautiful skin for many years to come.