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Is Exfoliation the Anti-Aging Secret You Need for Younger Looking Skin?

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Not so sure about exfoliation? What you’re about to read may make you want to reconsider. When it comes to anti-aging, exfoliation is one of the most effective ways to promote youthful skin. And that’s not all.

 

In addition to its main act of sloughing off dead skin cells and promoting softer, smoother skin, exfoliation can increase circulation, get rid of cellulite, and even assist the body with its natural regeneration process.

 

All of which result in brighter, firmer, more healthy-looking skin.

 

Curious to know more? We’ve got the 411 on all the ways exfoliation aids in anti-aging — plus, the most popular ways to exfoliate — ahead.

 

It aids in cellular turnover

 

As we age, our body’s natural ability to shed skin cells slows down a lot. Younger skin regenerates every 28 days, but over time the natural turnover rate declines.

 

According to the Lead Esthetician at True Botanicals, Kevin Dooley, “this can lead to a variety of changes and can result in clogged pores, change in texture, and dull skin.” No, thank you!

 

Fortunately, exfoliation can help speed things up by working to unclog pores and improve overall cellular turnover. This, in turn, allows the skin to operate at its best and results in smoother, softer, and healthier-looking skin.

 

It enhances absorption of topical skin care products

 

In addition to getting rid of dead skin cells and aiding in the body’s natural regeneration process, “proper exfoliation helps to enhance absorption of topical skin care products,” says Dooley.

 

“[Which] ensures maximum delivery of the potent nutrients in your everyday products to penetrate to the deepest layers of your skin, where the aging process initiates,” he adds.

 

It stimulates collagen and elastin production

 

Because of its ability to stimulate overall cellular turnover, exfoliation can also aid in collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are crucial to anti-aging and youthful-looking skin.

That’s because they both work together to strengthen the skin’s structure and improve its ability to stretch and bounce back. As we age, our collagen and elastin levels decrease, so a boost in production can diminish wrinkles and result in more youthful-looking skin.

 

It boosts circulation and supports the body’s natural detoxification process

 

According to Yon-Ka Paris’ National Director of Education, Katherine Tomasso, “the stimulating action [of exfoliation] can also boost circulation and support the body’s natural detoxifying process.” This, in turn, can help fade the look of stretch marks, get rid of cellulite, and more.

 

In addition to softer, smoother, more supple-looking skin, exfoliation allows newer, healthier skin cells to develop.

 

As we’ve previously mentioned, sloughing off dead skin cells promotes cellular regeneration, boosts circulation and enhances the body’s detoxification process — all of which contribute to newer, healthier skin cells.

 

It brightens the skin and aids in moisture loss

 

Dead skin cells are not just the cause of rough, dry skin; they’re the cause of dull skin, too! Exfoliation can help slough off the dullness and promote a brighter, more illuminated complexion. But that’s not all.

 

If you’re using an exfoliant formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), you may see an increase in moisture levels.

 

“Alpha Hydroxy Acid has been shown to stimulate production of natural ceramides and hyaluronic acid to prevent moisture loss,” says Dooley. “It also targets hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin-triggering enzymes,” he adds.

 

Note to self: add more AHA exfoliants into our skin care regimen.

 

Different types of exfoliation

 

Before we get into the most common ways to exfoliate, let’s discuss the different types of exfoliation. There are two ways to get rid of dead skin: Chemical exfoliation or physical exfoliation.

 

Physical exfoliation means that something is physically sloughing off dead skin — i.e., grains, a brush, and sometimes even a scalpel.

 

On the other hand, chemical exfoliation uses chemicals and acids to remove dead skin and aid in cell turnover.

 

Both types of exfoliants are effective and both types can promote softer, smoother, brighter, more youthful-looking skin. It all comes down to preference.

 

Popular ways to exfoliate

 

Now that we have the exfoliation basics covered, here are some of the most popular ways to exfoliate:

 

Sugar & salt scrubs:

 

Perhaps one of the most common ways to get rid of dry, dead skin is by using a salt or sugar scrub. This physical exfoliant is often formulated with a skin-nourishing oil, such as coconut oil. They work to slough off dead skin cells and nourish the skin at the same time.

 

Dry brushing:

 

Another physical way to exfoliate the skin? Through dry brushing. Dry brushing utilizes a dry, natural-bristle brush to slough off dead skin cells and promote better circulation within the skin. And that’s not all. Exfoliating the skin with a dry brush can also get rid of cellulite, firm and tighten the skin, and help reduce the look of stretch marks.

 

Peels:

 

One of the most popular ways to chemically exfoliate the skin is through the use of peels. At-home facial peels utilize Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) to penetrate the skin and remove dead skin cell buildup.

 

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For more ideas to look younger, look no further than Wendy Wilken’s Facelift Without Surgery Program. From this program, you will learn

 

  • How to eliminate wrinkles on the face and neck: Forehead lines, eye wrinkles and crow’s feet, smile and laugh folds, nasal lines, fine lines around the mouth and lips, neck wrinkles and creases.
  • Easy facial yoga routines for tightening and lifting sagging face and neck skin
  • Methods to treat unsightly eye bags, dark eye circles and “racoon” rings.
  • How to use yoga to re-sculpture and sharpen the features of your face and neck for a new and better looking

 

To learn more about Wendy Wilken’s Facelift Without Surgery Program, click on Easy Skin Care Tips to Get Younger Looking Skin

The Silhouette Lift – A Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative

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The Silhouette Lift – A Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative

 

If you find yourself in front of a mirror moving your cheeks upward with your fingers, you might be ready to entertain options to keep them up there. This situation describes would-be patients of facial rejuvenation, but probably doesn’t point to a need for surgical intervention.

 

If you’re young and your face is only mildly starting to “fall,” you may be a good candidate for the Silhouette Lift. It’s an effective, minimally-invasive alternative to the traditional, and surgical, facelift.

 

Massachusetts board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Hamori says it’s not uncommon for women to contact her office in the weeks leading up to an important life event for a procedure. They want to refresh their look with little or no downtime.

 

“Let’s say their daughter is getting married, and they contact the office with three months to go until the wedding. They want to look the best they can. They don’t have time to recover from a facelift, or they don’t want the expense of surgery,” shares Hamori.

 

By combining a Silhouette Lift with a little bit of filler, she is able to provide her patients both lift and volume within a short time frame.

 

Traditional Thread Lift vs. Silhouette Lift

 

The Silhouette Lift is a technological advance on the thread lift that become popular in the 90’s. Thread lifts used surgical sutures, called threads, with little barbs that made it easy to move the thread in one direction (upward) but very difficult to move in the opposite direction (downward).

 

If you’ve ever used a zip tie, you can visualize how barbs can make movement in one direction easy and movement in the opposite direction difficult. During a thread lift, the thread was inserted in the lower portion of the cheek, then pulled through the tissues below the skin, lifting them upward, and finally anchoring them into position.

 

The permanent sutures used in thread lifts posed several problems. Once anchored, the sutures had a tendency to cut through the soft tissues of the face, a condition referred to as cheese wiring.

 

When permanent sutures cut through the deeper tissues of the face instead of holding them in a lifted position, it negated the purpose of the lift. In some cases the permanent sutures even became visible.

 

Instead of permanent threads, the Silhouette Lift utilizes a fully-absorbable suture. As your body slowly absorbs the suture, it replaces it entirely with collagen. Each absorbable suture contains pea-sized, cone-shaped beads. These cone-shaped beads are also fully absorbable.

 

Unlike the permanent sutures used in thread lifts that could only lift skin in one direction and had to be anchored, the cones on the absorbable sutures are bidirectional and self-anchoring.

 

The Silhouette Lift accomplishes 3 goals:

 

1) Tighten skin from the inside

2) Lift tissues below the skin

3) Stimulate collagen production

 

How It’s Done

 

Dr. Hamori administers a local anesthetic to the area that will be treated, keeping the patient awake for the approximately hour-long procedure.

 

Next, a fine needle is used to insert the Silhouette thread.

 

The bidirectional cones on the thread anchor it into position just below the skin. Since the cones oppose each other, the tissue above the suture serves as an anchor and the tissue below is both tightened and lifted.

 

Where the needles exit the face, Dr. Hamori cuts the suture flush with the skin. She repeats this process, placing three threads in each cheek to provide optimal lift and tightening.

 

Recovery

 

When the Silhouette Lift is complete, the results are immediate and they last up to eighteen months.

 

“There’s a bit of bruising in the area,” shares Hamori, who goes on to add that the most difficult part of the recovery for her patients is the restriction on smiling for ten days following the procedure.

 

For the first week or two, the cone shaped beads are palpable. After several weeks you can no longer feel the beads, as they become integrated into the tissues they are lifting. Eventually, your body replaces the sutures entirely with collagen.

 

The Ideal Candidate for a Silhouette Lift

 

The best candidate for a Silhouette Lift is someone who has only a small amount of skin laxity. It should not be done on someone who has a lot of loose skin on their face and neck. In those cases, the best option to lift the face would be surgery.

 

“On someone with heavy skin, it doesn’t work well either,” says Hamori. “Those little peas, those little shuttles, can only pull so much. You have to choose your patients correctly.”

 

Fillers replace lost volume. Botox can help smooth wrinkles. Laser resurfacing can address skin tone and texture. And until recently, the lifting of fallen facial tissues could only be addressed with surgery. For the right patient, the Silhouette Lift fills a previously unmet need for providing lift with little downtime.

 

Watch this Video – Watch Dr Leah perform live procedure of Silhouette Soft thread lift

For more ideas to look younger, look no further than Wendy Wilken’s Facelift Without Surgery Program. From this program, you will learn

 

  • How to eliminate wrinkles on the face and neck: Forehead lines, eye wrinkles and crow’s feet, smile and laugh folds, nasal lines, fine lines around the mouth and lips, neck wrinkles and creases.
  • Easy facial yoga routines for tightening and lifting sagging face and neck skin
  • Methods to treat unsightly eye bags, dark eye circles and “racoon” rings.
  • How to use yoga to re-sculpture and sharpen the features of your face and neck for a new and better looking

 

To learn more about Wendy Wilken’s Facelift Without Surgery Program, click on The Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative to Get Younger Looking Skin