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Shane
02-14-2005, 03:02 AM
I'm 27 now and don't really want to look any older :) I was wondering does anyone know good tips to remain looking young? Like slowing down wrinkles, lose skin and gravity? It seems like the movie stars today keep their youthful appearance forever even when they don't have surgery. For instance bradd pitt and johnny depp have looked like they were in their 20's forever...how do they do it? (besides good genetics)

elissalowe
02-14-2005, 12:30 PM
I'm 27 now and don't really want to look any older :) I was wondering does anyone know good tips to remain looking young? Like slowing down wrinkles, lose skin and gravity? It seems like the movie stars today keep their youthful appearance forever even when they don't have surgery. For instance bradd pitt and johnny depp have looked like they were in their 20's forever...how do they do it? (besides good genetics)

One of the best antiaging tools available today is Adobe Photoshop! :D

(Actually, I'm only partly joking...see this for some insight: http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/bikini/index.html).

Wealthy celebrity types also have access to personal chefs, trainers, and extensive cosmetic interventions (skin peels/facial resurfacing/botox), and so on. It does tend to make life easier. Although I would dispute that Brad Pitt looks like he's still in his 20's - I'd say he looks to be in his mid-thirties at best. He's actually 41, which is hardly decrepit, BTW.

Using sunscreen and avoiding tanning/sunburns is one of the best ways of avoiding skin damage that will lead to wrinkles later on in life. Smoking also causes major league skin damage, and should be avoided at all costs (and for other, obvious reasons as well...).

In later years, facial excercises (yes, facial muscles can be exercised too!) can help slow the appearance of facial aging.

The MBN diet/nutrition/exercise recommendations will go a long way towards helping you maintain a youthful appearance. Make sure to choose from a variety of antioxidant-rich vegetables (something a lot of people avoid) and other plant foods. Get your EFA's. Plenty of water is another skin-care essential.

Hope this helps.

Shane
02-18-2005, 03:47 AM
Thanks yes it helps...how about anti wrinkle creams?

erp7e
02-18-2005, 06:42 AM
Topical vitamin A *may* have some benefit.

Note to any women reading this: DO NOT USE any Vitamin A-concentrated product if you are pregnant or could be pregnant.

As elissa mentioned, diet certainly effects skin tone and appearance, especially in regards to intake of correct fats. Ever notice how an anorexic person has flaky and fragile skin?

elissalowe
02-18-2005, 03:33 PM
Thanks yes it helps...how about anti wrinkle creams?

As erp7e pointed out, vitamin A-derived topicals are the most effective available. The best known are Retin-A and Renova (a weaker version of Retin-A, which is used as a treatment for acne). Unfortunately, both are available only by prescription, and can be quite expensive. OTC creams with added "retinol" are no substitute - it doesn't have the same effect as tretinoin.

Some OTC treatments that may be useful are those including alpha and/or beta-hydroxy acids, or copper tripeptides. Alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid is the most common) and beta-hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) are exfoliants, assisting in the removal of dead skin cells and possibly stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Beta-hydroxy acid is less irritating than the alphas and also lipid soluble - which is why it's used in a variety of acne medications. Copper tripeptides have been experimentally shown to promote collagen production and facilitate wound healing.

Nonetheless, what goes into nourishing your skin is more important than anything you can put on your skin - with the exception of sunscreens (photoaging is one of the biggest, and most preventable, causes of premature skin aging).

Shane
02-19-2005, 12:03 AM
Thanks for the help.. I only seem to have a few wrinkles under my right eye because I've slept on my face that way since I was really little :) Trying to change that! Hard habit to break though..and I sleep on my stomach which I'm trying to change too, very hard for me though... I did use Retin-A when I was younger for acne but that stuff seems to burn the skin and dry it out and sometimes make it peel, not something I really want to do...

I also seem to get some darkness under my eyes even if I feel rested..anyway to get rid of that?

I really don't have any problems with looking old, actually most people think I look really young for my age, some people think I look 20 even though I'm 27, but I'd like to keep looking young and I've heard the best way to fight aging is prevention not trying to change things afterwards...

elissalowe
02-19-2005, 01:10 AM
Thanks for the help.. I only seem to have a few wrinkles under my right eye because I've slept on my face that way since I was really little :) Trying to change that! Hard habit to break though..and I sleep on my stomach which I'm trying to change too, very hard for me though... I did use Retin-A when I was younger for acne but that stuff seems to burn the skin and dry it out and sometimes make it peel, not something I really want to do...

I also seem to get some darkness under my eyes even if I feel rested..anyway to get rid of that?

I really don't have any problems with looking old, actually most people think I look really young for my age, some people think I look 20 even though I'm 27, but I'd like to keep looking young and I've heard the best way to fight aging is prevention not trying to change things afterwards...

The best way to get rid of those "pillow lines" on your face is to learn to sleep on your back. I'd slept on my side(s) for most of my life. But I also started to develop little creases on the outside of my eyes. I eventually had a chemical peel to eliminate them (along with a few other minor eye lines - see below), and sleeping on my back has kept them from returning. But it took a solid three days of "re-training" before I got a decent night's sleep!

Dark circles under the eyes are difficult to get rid of. I used to have them as well. Vitamin K cream/gel can help somewhat, but it won't get rid of them completely. I'd read up on the subject, and the gist of it was, if you've got them, you've got them for life. But mine are totally gone now, and entirely by accident - via the chemical peel mentioned above. This was a process performed by a cosmetic surgeon, who used phenolic acid (seriously nasty stuff). The recovery process required a lot of TLC - keeping the area covered with vaseline, doing water-vinegar compresses 4x/day for 10 days. I wasn't expecting the circles to go - and the doctor never even mentioned this as a possibility. But they were completely obliterated by the treatment, and apparently this is a common reaction. It's been over three years, and they've never returned. Hopefully, they're gone for good.

Prevention really is the best way to go - you're not going to stop the aging process, but you can slow it down quite a bit. I can give you some assurance on that score...I'm pushing 50 (47), and am still going pretty strong!

WillBrink
02-19-2005, 01:43 AM
Prevention really is the best way to go - you're not going to stop the aging process, but you can slow it down quite a bit. I can give you some assurance on that score...I'm pushing 50 (47), and am still going pretty strong!


If not for Pat already taking the slot, you would be my number one hero! :D

elissalowe
02-19-2005, 02:45 AM
If not for Pat already taking the slot, you would be my number one hero! :D

PatS is an inspiration to us all!

Under the circumstances, I don't mind being in the #2 slot... ;)

erp7e
02-21-2005, 05:56 AM
Men often have more healthy facial skin than women because we shave. The trauma promotes turnover of dermal cells. So, Shane, shave three times a day (j/k! :D ) and you should be fine.