SD Aesthetics

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crtlvbixyaa-u9vBy now most of us are aware that consuming excess simple sugars such as sodas and candy lead to a process called glycation. This is when proteins (like collagen), cross-link with the sugar molecule, compromising the collagen. As if that weren’t enough, harmful molecules are created, called AGEs.

These glycation end products, also increase as we age. Exposure to UV also accelerates AGEs. Asides from exacerbating skin conditions, they also increase skin wrinkling and stiffness, inflammation, sagging, and uneven skin tone.

Fortunately, there are ways to slow down the process:

  • Cut down on sugars, like candy and cakes.
  • Choose the right kind of fats, such as olive oil and cold water fish
  • Protect your skin from the sun, by using SPF 30, daily.
  • Watch your alcohol intake.
  • Stay away from smoking! Not only does smoking deprive the skin of oxygen, but it creates more free radical damage.
  • Boost your antioxidant intakes, such as berries, turmeric, and brightly colored veggies.

And lastly but not least, optimize your skin’s health by simply following a skin care routine, and using the right, products for your skin.

Optimize Your Skin’s Health With Retinoids

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that help stimulate collagen, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin’s texture and tone, and increase cell turnover. While prescription strengths such as tretinoin or adapalene yield to better results, they can be very irritating, leading to discontinuance. Retinoids are still the gold standard in skincare. Even after plastic surgery, or even non invasive procedures, the skin needs to look and act its best.

28698506_sHowever, retinol, a less potent strength than a retinoid, is available over the counter. Results are not as dramatic as with a retinoid, but with continued use, results can be impressive. Keeping the skin well moisturized is important to avoid any irritation. When starting a regimen, retinol may be used every other or every second night if irritation occurs. Remember, some irritation should occur, as this shows product efficacy. Eventually, the skin will become accustomed.
While on retinol, the skin is more susceptible to UV rays, so it is of essence to apply sun protection of 30 on a daily basis. Studies have shown that retinol turns around the skin’s appearance, making it a gold standard ingredient in anti aging.

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