Talking Preventive Measures

you're never too young to start

location: East Village

I am sitting in a coffee shop in the East Village in my favorite city of all time, New York City writing this post. Sipping on an iced oat milk latte, which if you haven't tried, you MUST! It is super sunny out and as lovely as that is, every second in the sun ages you. I even got up and moved from a table in the sun to a table in the shade. It is so important to take preventative skincare measures. I try to constantly be protecting myself from the sun with sunscreen+hat+sunglasses to researching+buying+trying skincare products. While you may not see any immense results while you're young, in the long end, when you're working your way into the 30's & 40's, it will pay off. You will notice a difference in your skin as opposed to someone who didn't take any preventative measures. Yes, how you age can come down greatly to your genetics but don't blame your genetics for your inevitable aging. There are many things you can do to help increase your likelihood of being a hot mama. From my experience and research, I give you the rundown on everything you need to be doing if you're questionably not already. 

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Sunscreen is so important when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun, which causes aging. Sunscreen if not already should be the BFF that you carry everywhere with you. For your body, your face, your lips, everything! Even your hair. Collagen, Keratin, and Elastin are protected by sunscreen and these proteins are what is needed to keep the skin smooth and healthy. UVA damage is not reversible and you do not see the physical impact it is happening until it's already too late. You shouldn't only wear sunscreen on a sunny day or when you are going to the beach. To have the best skin you can, wear it all the time. Sunny, Overcast, Shine, Rain or Snow. The sun can shine through the clouds and reflects in the snow. UVA rays cause damage and skin cancer! On top of lathering up in sunscreen on really sunny days, I also recommend wearing a hat to protect your face even further. When buying look for a water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum of 30SPF. I also recommend avoiding spray sunscreens as they may be convenient and I do use them and love them, usually, when using a spray, enough for protection is not applied. Dermatologist recommend at least 1oz.=1 shot glass to full body. 

Skincare regimen 

In order to look great as you age it is important to have a complete skincare regimen. If your skincare regimen is still the same as it was in high school or even worse middle school, consider a shopping spree. As you age your skincare routine needs to change and improve. I have already stressed the importance of SPF and that should be in your everyday skincare regimen. One of my favorite things 1). Exfoliating. Your skin looks dull and rough when old skin cells start to pile at the surface. Not only that, but dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. Exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells revealing fresh new cells below. Exfoliation is a great start for your products to penetrate deeper. It is recommended that you exfoliate 2 times a week. But I pretty much do every day. I admit to being an exfoliating addict over here. Dr. Lancer says, "When you exfoliate every day, your skin is being told that the renewal process is necessary, and the combination of new skin cells and collagen results in younger-acting skin while age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles disappear over time." If your face is too sensitive for exfoliating polish look for exfoliants using enzymes such as pumpkin and papaya. 2). Face Wash is so important to do day and night and I know a lot of the times after a long night at drinking one too many cocktails at night you are too tired to take your makeup off. But leaving your makeup on speeds up aging. Your daily makeup traps dirt, oil, and free radicals. Get yourself a cleanser best for your skin type and IF you are ever too lazy to take off your makeup from the day. Use makeup-removing wipes. But just remember when you're not prime in your 50's that that face wash would have made a difference. 3). Moisturizer: Get a moisturizer, and one with Hyaluronic Acid is even better. It is a moisture binding ingredient that keeps your skin extra plump. There are so many different moisturizers catering to all skin types and needs so I can guarantee you can find one you like or if like me, a ton that you like. 4). Eye Creme is something that you can never be too young to start. I started using eye creme when I was 14 years old. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body. Eye cremes can help with wrinkles, aging, dark spots, puffiness, etc. I apply eye creme morning and night and sometimes it is nice to carry one to touch up when your eyes get dry throughout the day. 4). At Home Peels: Look for peels or wipes with glycolic acid which is derived from cane sugar. It penetrates deep into the skin revealing glowing healthy skin. The smaller the molecule the easier it can get into the skin and glycolic is the smallest.  It helps with acne, excess oil, dead skin cells, scars and brightening to name a few. I absolutely am obsessed with the M-6i Glow Peel Wipes and the Murad Vitamin C Peel, they tingle slightly when applied which is normal but each time I apply these my skin is glowing and fresh.  5). Serums: Serums come in every shape and form, depending on your concerns there's a serum for you. Serums are great for treating those problems. Depending on your problem you should have serums and you can even layer them. Look for some serums with Amino acids and Peptides to help stimulate collagen, antioxidants like vitamin c and alpha lipoic Acid to block damage from free radicals, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acid to help exfoliate your skin and reduce fine lines, and Vitamin B to help strengthen the skin barrier. 6). Retinol: Just like glycolic acid is the holy grail to the glowy skin, retinol is something that is not given enough of a spotlight. In your mid-20s is about the time to start using topical retinol. Retinol stimulates collagen and increases skin thickness and elasticity. Using retinol creates a strong foundation making your skin resist wrinkling as much as possible as you age. Start with using it a few times a week and building to everyday, in the start your skin can become very dry and flaky. As your skin gets used to the product symptoms will go away. Remember to treat your neck also and don't leave it hanging, or it will be hanging in the near future. A lot of people forget about their neck and of course you want a pretty face but you need a nice neck to go with it. 


Let's talk about Botox. Botox can be used as a preventative form of treatment. In my opinion, it is better to treat minimally with a little botox then let deep lines and wrinkle form to where in the future you'll need more botox than if you would have done when you were younger. That's where the saying a little goes a long way comes in handy. But that doesn't mean you should get botox when you are young just to get it. You should only get it if you are a proper candidate for it and you have lines coming on and when your face is relaxed the lines are still visible. Botox is not meant to leave your face frozen with no expression. But if you talk with a lot of expression in your face, lines can form quicker. Most will say you should start getting botox near late 20's early 30's but if you have wrinkles and deep lines come on sooner, you are a candidate for it. Botox isn't only used for the face, it can be used for acne, excessive sweating, migraines, jaw clenching and more. Two of which I have already tried: sweating and migraines. Having natural results all comes down to the injector and how reserved they are when injecting and remember to do your research because, like fillers, Botox cannot be reversed it has to wear off which takes anywhere from 3-6 months. So do you research and go to someone experienced with a reserved approach. I sat down with Dr. Kevin Hayavi at Beverly Hills Physicians and asked him the questions we are all wanting to know. 

Can getting filler and/or botox at a young age make you age quicker? No, it doesn't. Getting filler is just going to enhance the features and once it wears off you'll be at the baseline, there are studies that show getting filler promotes collagen formation, once it wears off you may even have a fuller appearance than before. Botox relaxes the muscles that are injected and last 3-6 months. once that wears off you'll be at the baseline and if you get it on a regular basis it will train your muscles not to do the facial expressions that cause deep setting wrinkles.
Are there any risk and side effects of filler/botox/ and do different candidates experience different side effects? The risk is bleeding, bruising, if not done correctly you may get asymmetrical lumps and bumps, which all has to do with the injector and technique. 
Whats the difference between a good and bad injector? A good injector is someone who knows the facial anatomy, the muscles, the way the nerves work, years of experience matters, but not only how many years how many patients they have treated. For example, someone may have 10 years experience but haven't done a lot of patients, someone may have 5 years but in that 5 years have done hundreds of patients. 
When someone comes in asking for botox/filler do they really need that or perhaps something else: laser, peel, skincare regimen. Are there alternatives to botox and filler. That's a great question. A lot of people come in and they think they need some product or procedure but its not what they want or need. They heard from people or friends and family you may need or should get that. The best thing is for the patient to come in and see a doctor and study the face together, and go over goals and come up with a treatment plan. 
Is there anything you need to do before and after botox? Follow doctors instructions before and after before: don't take Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, they cause bruising. Supplements cause bruising and swelling. Afterwards, keep the area clean and follow the doctor's instructions. 
What do you feel is the best preventative for anti-aging? #1 is sunblock, avoid smoking and second-hand smoking, and environmental factors.
For someone who's never had a cosmetic procedure how would you say it's best for them to check credentials and verify provider and license to find out the rating of the success of procedure? There's a lot of Doctors, PA's, who are doing procedures and can perform it. So the best way is to make sure they are a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, check the medical board, meet the doctor and ask a lot of questions, if they do not seem comfortable it is a red flag, ask for before and afters or talk to previous patients if able to be put in contact.

working out+diet+water+sleep:

Working out is so much more than having a nice physique. Exercise improves your health to where you look and feel younger. Exercise may actually turn off the aging process in your chromosomes. Telomeres, which are the caps at the end of chromosomes control aging. Telomeres become shorter as you get older, and longer telomeres are associated with longevity. Recent studies have found a link between regular exercise and the lengthening of the telomeres, suggesting that exercise can slow the clock so you live longer. Eating right is not only feeding your stomach but the nutrients and vitamins your skin needs to stay healthy. A few of my favorite foods packed with benefits. 
+Salmon:  omega-3 fatty acids that are linked to reducing inflammation.
+Almonds: vitamin e that defends against sun damage. 
+Tomatoes: antioxidant that eliminates anti-aging free radicals from the sun.
+Watermelon: hydration. 
+Citrus: vitamin c and also treats inflammation. 
+Whole Grains: vitamin b that assist cells in processing fats to hydrate and revitalize skin
Avoid sugars, processed foods, caffeine, alchohol and salt.

Drink water! The skin is an organ and without water, organs do not function at there best. Dry, tight, and flaky skin will show when your skin is not getting enough water. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkling. You should drink at least eight 8oz. glasses at a minimum daily. If you're like me and don't find plain water refreshing, add lemon, mint, cucumber, strawberry or orange. Get enough sleep. When sleeping the body produces the human growth hormone to facilitate amino acids which repair bone, muscle, tissue, and skin. When you sleep, most people sleep on their side or their stomach. I am guilty of it, I sleep on my side. When you sleep in these positions you are pressing your face into a pillow and forming wrinkles for the hours you sleep. It is best to sleep on your back face up, like every princess in every Disney movie. If you struggle with sleeping on your back there are pillows for side sleepers and pillowcases to prevent wrinkles. Also, sleeping on silk reduces friction and is not only great for your skin but your hair. Follow some of these tips and you are bound to be prime in your 50's.

What are some of your skin care tips and secrets?