4 Steps to a More Luminous Complexion

woman's faceIf you look in the mirror and long for the vibrant, youthful glow you enjoyed in younger years, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are many ways you can dramatically improve your complexion and look younger with a minimum of fuss.

1. Avoid the Sun

Not surprisingly, sun damage is one of the biggest reasons skin ages prematurely. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can create blotchy sun spots and contribute to the early formation of lines and wrinkles. It’s vital to use a daily moisturizer containing SPF and wear a hat or stay in the shade when participating in outdoor activities.

2. Simplify Your Skincare Routine

Patients should seek the advice of a dermatologist to get the facts on anti-aging creams to ensure they’re using their skincare dollars wisely and choosing the best products for their unique skincare needs. Try a “less is more” approach to skincare, as over-washing or over-exfoliating your skin can do more damage than good.

3. Detoxify Your Diet

Believe it or not, cleaning up your diet can help clean up your complexion. Focus on filling your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables and cutting back on fat, sugar and processed foods. Drinking plenty of water is also essential to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

4. Seek Medical Treatments

For more persistent complexion problems, patients can explore dermatology treatments. Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone, while patients frustrated by age spots, scars or uneven pigmentation can regain smooth, luminous skin with Fraxel® Dual laser resurfacing.

The important thing is to work with a board certified dermatologist to design a treatment plan that’s specifically customized for your skin concerns.