While it’s an absolute privilege to grow old (just think of the alternative), there’s no denying the innate human longing to hold on to the skin we were blessed with in our younger years. Which would you rather: plump, unblemished and baby-soft skin or dry, patchy skin that’s a little bit wrinkled around the edges? No contest, right?
At HintMD, we believe everyone should look as young as they feel and thankfully there are a multitude of treatments, tricks and products available at the doctor’s office to ensure your skin looks younger, fresher and way less than your driving license reveals. And if you’re worried about spending an absolute fortune to be your ageless best, worry no longer. Sign up for a personally prescribed treatment plan with your favorite, trusted physician and you can easily maintain awesome skin for just one affordable, monthly payment.
Herein, we hit up the most common signs of visible aging and offer you a few of their fiercest competitors. Add one or two of the following treatments or products to your subscription plan and you will always feel and look your best self. And that’s a guarantee.
1. Dry Skin
The Lowdown: With age, the dermis and subcutaneous layers of the skin begin to thin, which makes it harder to retain moisture. Sebum production also drops significantly as you mature and a loss of fat further ensures that your once-plump-skin becomes fragile and more susceptible to dryness and dehydration. The result? An increasingly parched complexion that can become irritated, red and sensitive if left to its own moisture-seeking devices.
At The Doctor’s Office: While regular spa facials might offer a relaxing experience and make your skin feel and look better for a grand total of 24 hours, the HydraFacial offers so much more. With its superior exfoliation and extraction process, a HydraFacial gently removes congestion to bestow clear, radiant, infinitely cleaner and more hydrated skin. And all this comes without any of the irritation or redness you may encounter with something like a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment. Ask your skincare expert about adding a six-weekly HydraFacial into your treatment plan and just watch your skin transform itself.
Tackle It At Home: When it comes to upping your skin’s moisture levels at home, you can’t beat a medical-grade hyaluronic acid (HA) booster. A type of polymer found naturally in the skin, HA is a powerful humectant that has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in moisture to naturally hydrate the skin and keep it soft, firm and plump. HA also promotes collagen production, reduces inflammation and fights free radicals which is why it’s such a no-brainer in skincare.
The Lowdown: As melanocytes – melanin-synthesizing cells – are exposed to the sun, free radicals and hormonal fluctuations, they begin to overproduce melanin, making it unevenly distributed in the epidermis and manifesting itself in patches of dark spots, most commonly on the face, arms, back, shoulders and hands. There are three types of discoloration that all worsen with age: melasma which is caused by hormonal imbalances; PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) which is caused by skin inflammations such as acne, and solar lentigines which are caused by repeated exposure to the sun.
At The Doctor’s Office: There’s no denying the fact that brown spots can prematurely age you a good 10 years, which is why regular chemical peels are a no-brainer if you want to maintain youthful-looking skin. The Perfect Derma peel delivers dramatic skin improvements to all ranges of skin types using a key anti-aging ingredient never used before in a peel: glutathione (the ultimate deep-penetrating antioxidant). Visible and vast reductions in hyperpigmentation and pore size can be seen with just one treatment. For real.
Tackle It At Home: Not into the whole ‘face peeling off’ thing? Then an at-home retinol treatment is also a great option. Retinol is highly effective at lightening the skin and brightening the complexion due to its ability to stimulate cell replication and collagen production, which helps improve and even reverse sun damage.
3. Sagging Skin
The Lowdown: As skin ages, the fibroblast cells in the dermis that replenish the skin’s collagen and elastin slowly cease functioning. This results in a loss of elasticity. Similarly, the lymphatic system starts to slow down, which affects the way in and speed at which your body gets rid of toxins, and means your skin has a diminished ability to repair damage from environmental aggressors. That means it’s constantly under attack from free radicals, which robs the skin of essential cells and waves a solid goodbye to firm, youthful skin.
At The Doctor’s Office: Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen and non-surgically lift, tone and tighten your skin. By targeting the deep layers of the skin tissue, Ultherapy promises a fresh and rejuvenated look from your brow to chest, without damaging the surface of the skin. Big fans here at HintMD. Huge.
Tackle It At Home: Fight free radicals and the consequent damage they leave in their wake, with a vitamin C-packed antioxidant serum. Offering superior protection from all that unwanted aging UV, vitamin C is the absolute bomb when it comes to warding off external aging offenders.
4. Fine Lines & Wrinkles
The Lowdown: Fine lines are superficial expression lines generally caused by dehydration, aging, impaired barrier function, lifestyle and pollution. They’re most prevalent in areas where repeated muscle movement occurs such as around the outer corners of the eyes, on the forehead, cheeks, between the brows and at the side of the mouth, so if you’re an expressive kind of person, you’re more likely to develop fine lines at a younger age than your poker-faced counterparts. In comparison, wrinkles are thicker, deeper and definitely more noticeable than fine lines. They generally occur when lines are left untreated. So, er, don’t do that.
At The Doctor’s Office: Nothing targets expression lines like a good session of botulinum toxin (ie: Botox, Dysport or Xeomin). Botulinum toxin type A is the most widely used neurotoxin in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and is made from a purified toxin derived from bacterium clostridium botulinum. This toxin is diluted and injected into specific facial muscles where, within seconds, it paralyzes them by blocking the nerve impulses that control movement. This, in turn, prevents repetitive motions that cause fine lines. There’s also very little downtime associated with Botox and friends, so it’s perfect for anyone wanting to nip out in their lunch break and swiftly be back at their desk with very few questions asked.
Tackle It At Home: Ensure your skin is healthy and well-moisturized with a hydrating daily skincare plan. Look for glycerin, sodium PCA, antioxidants and retinol in your face products to help strengthen the skin, and if your lines have already turned into wrinkles? Introduce targeted ingredients like hydrolyzed sericin, vitamin C and peptides into your plan.