The most visible signs of aging are often first seen in our skin. Daily environmental exposure to sun and the elements can dry out the skin and accelerate the aging process. As we age, we lose volume in our face and wrinkles, lines, and shadows begin to appear. At the Calgary Insititute of Plastic Surgery, board certified plastic surgeon Jonathan Lee, MD, FRCSC and our team will help you develop a daily skin care routine that can achieve healthy and youthful skin with a glowing complexion.
Skin Care Methods
Achieving beautiful skin includes the following fundamental basics:
Cleansing And Exfoliation
This helps in removing the dirt and damaged cells in the surface of the skin. Through regular cleansing acne and other skin problems can be diminished or prevented. The use of different skin care products can assist in keeping the skin healthy. ZO Skin Health, for example, offers Exfoliating Skin Cleanser and Hydrating Skin Cleanser to help maintain a fresh and purified skin.
Cleansing the skin may make the skin dry because natural oils can also be removed in the process. Because of this, moisturizers are often necessary to retain moisture and to protect the skin from drying out. There are a variety of different skin care products from Neocutis and Vivier that provide daytime and nighttime protection for the face and body.
Drinking Enough Water
This is the most basic way of keeping the skin well hydrated. It also helps rid the body of toxins that can damage the skin. Dehydration of the skin may cause dryness, flakiness and a dull complexion all of which can resulted in an aged appearance.
Lifestyle habits have a significant impact on our appearance and how we age. Smoking, for example, causes the blood vessels to become narrow, therefore reducing blood supply to the skin. When there is not enough blood flow to the skin, the oxygen and the nutrients needed to help keep it healthy are depleted.
You are what you eat. Foods rich in anti-oxidants can help in maintaining the youthful appearance of the face and body. Dr. Lee’s office offers dietary supplements in the form of nutraceuticals that can be taken on a regular basis to provide the body with nutrients and boost the immune system.
Nutraceuticals are also frequently recommended by Dr. Lee following surgery in order to aid in the healing following a surgical procedure.
Sun Protection and Sunscreen
The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause signifcant damage to the skin and can result in a premature aged appearance. At the Calgary Institue of Plastic Surgery, we carry a variety of medical-grade products to help protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun and to help repair damage that has already been done.
Dr. Jonathan Lee (MD, FRCSC) is an experienced, Canadian and New York fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon based in Calgary. Well-established, he is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.