• As we age, the body undergoes many natural changes associated with aging skin. Genes determine the natural aging process (intrinsic aging), which cannot be altered, but there is a lot we can do to minimize the effects of premature skin aging (extrinsic aging) caused by our environment and lifestyle. Intrinsic aging is characterized by decreased production of collagen and elastin (which give skin its strength and elasticity), decreased skin cell turnover (shedding of dead cells), and loss of fat beneath skin.

  • While you can't stop or even slow down the natural aging process, you can prevent the signs of premature aging due to sun exposure and smoking!

  • There are many products on the market today that claim to reverse the signs of aging. It can be quite frustrating to wade through these products to figure out if any of them do what they claim. What makes one product different from the next? Read on to find out what active ingredients are commonly used to reduce the signs of aging.

  • If you've tried all the products out there and are still not satisfied with the results, speak to your dermatologist about cosmetic procedures that may work for you. Chemical peels are used to correct superficial-to-moderate photoaged (aged from years of exposure to UV radiation from sunlight) surface skin damage.

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