Few people put too much thought into the decades ahead. Sure, we know that’s it good to get a job early on with a decent 401k and things like that. But, is anyone seriously taking care of their skin before they graduate with their college degree? Probably not that many. After all, your skin is in the best condition of your life most likely. You’re young looking, your skin is firm, and you’ve hopefully moved past the acne phase with little to no scarring. Why would wrinkles be on your mind now?
No one can blame someone for not thinking about fine lines, wrinkles, or sunspots during the prime of their lives. However, these signs of aging aren’t too far off. They may start seeing their first lines in the next ten years or so. After all, they don’t just magically appear in middle age. Everyone would be wise to start taking care of their skin as soon as possible in order to delay the development of these skin imperfections. Damage begins to occur sooner than you think.
How damage occurs
By the age of 18, we receive about a quarter of the sun exposure (and corresponding damage) we’re likely to accumulate over the course of our lives. UV exposure is the single greatest factor when it comes visual signs of aging on your skin. While that means we receive the majority of UV exposure after 18, that’s still quite a lot already experienced. That makes your early 20s the perfect time to start making sure you are doing your due diligence every day to protect your skin from natural damage.
Best practices for taking care of your skin
When it comes to taking care of your skin, there are many best practices that you can follow. As you might assume, consistent use of sunblock is key. It’s not just days at the beach. It should be used on any day you expect to be outside for any significant amount of time. Additionally, a good moisturizer is also something you’ll want to use. Hydration is key for maintaining the health of your skin. Relatedly, drink plenty of water. Also, try and get a good night’s sleep more often than not. While many of us tend to rely on coffee to keep us chugging along, a full night’s rest will be far more beneficial to your skin and your health.
Speaking with your doctor
“Hindsight is 20/20” as the saying goes. Maybe you’re well past your early 20s and you’re already noticing troubling blemishes and lines. Also, there’s only so much you can do for your skin. Eventually, even with the best care, some of the years will show in one way or another. Whatever your individual situation is, you still have options. Your doctor can provide services that will help rejuvenate your appearance and restore some of its youthfulness.
Botox and Juvederm are two of the most popular injectable solutions that smooth out wrinkles and restore youthful fullness to your face, respectably. For years, patients have enjoyed the results from injectables because they look natural without having the permanence of plastic surgery. However, they aren’t the only non-surgical solution available anymore. Laser treatments have also grown in popularity.
Laser skin rejuvenation is a wide-ranging solution that can help correct everything from wrinkles and fine lines to brown spots and spider veins. It can also treat nearly any part of your body, not just your face. Different kinds of laser treatments are used to address different skin conditions. For example, in the case of spots or wrinkles, the laser delivers radiofrequency energy into the skin to kickstart collagen production. Collagen is the protein the body produces to heal the skin and give it its youthful appearance. With the help of the laser treatment, your skin will repair itself naturally and be restored.
It may be hard to see the need for a robust skincare regimen when you’re still young. But, you would be wise to start taking care of your skin in your late teens to early 20s in order to set yourself up for success later in life. Of course, you should always protect yourself from the sun. You’re never too young for that. However, even with proper care, you’ll eventually begin to see some signs of aging that you may want to remedy. That’s when you need to speak with a medical professional that can offer the services necessary to provide you with the solutions you desire. If you’re interested in skin rejuvenation and other services, book an appointment online with us today. Dr. Nagpal and the team at Bella Medical Aesthetic are here to provide you with the cutting-edge treatments you need so you can look your best.