Premature skin aging is a significant concern for many people, particularly those who enjoy spending time outdoors where the skin can be damaged by things like sun exposure and pollution. As we age, it’s natural for our skin to lose some of its elasticity and collagen production. While some degree of skin aging is inevitable, some steps can be taken to minimize the visible signs of aging.

1. Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

It’s no secret that excessive exposure to sunlight can lead to sunburn. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin, causing them to break down over time. In addition, UV rays can also cause age spots and other irregular pigmentation.

You can prevent these signs of aging and sun exposure with broad spectrum sunscreen such as Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. This is a lightweight, tinted sunscreen that is safe for all skin types and protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays. Elta MD and Kwan Correct + Protect SPF 50 are other great sunscreen options you can try. Make sure to reapply regularly and wear your sunscreen every day, even during cold or cloudy weather.

2. Use Skincare Products with Vitamin C

Vitamin C is often heralded for its immune-boosting properties, but this essential nutrient has several benefits for the skin. As a water-soluble vitamin, Vitamin C is quickly absorbed by the body and skin where it plays a vital role in collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps keep skin firm and youthful looking. As we age, our bodies produce minimal collagen, leading to wrinkles and other signs of aging. By promoting collagen production, Vitamin C can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and keep skin glowing and radiant.

CE Ferulic from Skinceuticals is a daytime serum that protects your skin against harmful free radicals (UV rays, car exhaust, etc.) and brightens your complexion. 15% of its formula is pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) that works to improve volume and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skinceuticals’ Phloretin CF is a similar product that works especially well for oily skin.

3. Laser Treatments

There are many laser treatments available, each designed to treat a specific skin concern. Clear + Brilliant, Fraxel, Omnilux, and Ultherapy are all great options for fine lines and wrinkles. Clear + Brilliant and Fraxel create tiny wounds on the skin’s surface to stimulate the body’s natural healing process and promote new, healthy skin growth. Omnilux and Ultherapy are completely non-invasive options that use energy-generated heat to stimulate collagen production. Ultherapy also lifts and tightens the skin to restore facial volume and help you achieve more defined facial features.

4. Injectables and Fillers

Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport are injectables that relax your facial muscles and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm, Radiesse, and Restylane use a thicker gel formula to give your skin more structure, providing a plumping effect while smoothing facial folds and deep-set wrinkles. Sculptra is a unique injectable that stimulates your body’s natural collagen production for gradual improvements that last up to 2 years.

5. CoolSculpting

Premature skin aging doesn’t only affect the skin on your face. CoolSculpting is a body contouring procedure that uses cooling technology to freeze stubborn fat on the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, hips, back, and under the chin. This fat may have developed from weight gain as you get older or after pregnancy. Once the fat cells are frozen, they will be flushed from your body and you can enjoy a more toned figure without stubborn pockets of fat getting in the way.

Schedule a Consultation

Premature skin aging can cause a person to feel insecure and self-conscious about their appearance. Dr. Kwan wants all of his patients to feel beautiful inside and out and he offers many skin rejuvenation treatments to restore healthy, youthful-looking skin. Schedule a consultation to develop your customized treatment plan with Dr. Kwan.