We hear a lot about prevention when it comes to skin care, and for good reason: If we can take care of our skin early on, we can help to prevent the signs of aging for as long as possible. Most skin aging starts at a young age. A sprinkling of freckles is often a child’s first visible sign of sun exposure, an early sign that the skin isn’t being properly protected. The commitment to sun protection needs to start early, often with a parent providing proper sun protection for their young ones. When exposed to UV radiation, the skin begins producing pigment to protect itself against sun damage, which leads to the formation of and sunspots. Photo damage appears as the first signs of aging. Frown lines between the brows, fine lines and crow’s-feet start to become visible. The thin skin around the eye area tends to age faster, as collagen breaks down easier where there are no oil glands.
Botox may seem too extreme for some to consider in their early 20’s, but it can be a great preventative treatment. Botox is a neuromodulator, meaning it temporarily freezes the dynamic facial muscle contractions that cause wrinkles to develop (e.g. on the forehead, frown lines, and around the eyes). Wrinkles form when the muscles contract repeatedly over time. By preventing the muscles from building up, you can prevent the wrinkles from developing. It is the only way to actually prevent dynamic or movement wrinkles from forming. Though good preventative skin care practices are mandatory to slow the progressive signs of aging, it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin. Find a professional skin consultant to develop a regimen that’s best suited for your skin type, and lifestyle. They are trained to educate and help navigate you towards the healthiest, most youthful skin you can obtain…..at any age!
~ Sheri, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre