Feeling contented and happy when you see a young looking “you” stare back from the mirror? Researchers confirm that skin improvement methods that prevent aging processes help in perk up the self-esteem.

Anti-aging v/s self esteem

Studies show that following anti ageing strategies like the application of skin care creams and using different methods to improve the skin helps in enhancing the self esteem and perk up the overall appearance. This fact was confirmed by the researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) .

Marian Northington, M.D, director of UAB Cosmetic Dermatology “Photo-aging or the changes induced by chronic UV exposure is responsible for accelerating the skin’s aging process, The No. 1 way people can prevent photo-aging is wearing a 30-plus SPF sunscreen, one that contains zinc oxide, every day.”

Sun damage

Generally after one turns 30, the “look tables” start turning and small signs of aging start to take over. The sun causes great damage with age and one has to somehow find a way out to reduce the aging signs. You may not realize it but ordinary visits like taking out the car, etc can lead to the development of the age lines or the wrinkles.

Talking about this, Northington was heard stating that if the skin damage has already been done then the researchers actually do highlight some ways to reduce the signs of the aging process.

He assured the people that “Using an over-the-counter cream with retinol, which is a vitamin A derivative, can decrease the risk of skin cancer and improve skin pigmentation and abnormalities, as well as increase collagen content to help with lines and wrinkles.”

According to him the cosmetic dermatologist are qualified enough to offer effective noninvasive options that are very safe and can also taper down the photo aging.
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He informed the people about the different methods that were possible to diminish the aging signs “Fraxel laser resurfacing is an excellent way to improve wrinkles, pigmentation and abnormalities. There are also skin-tightening devices that improve skin laxity, as well as injections that will replace lost volume that occurs with aging to lift the face nonsurgically and reduce lines and wrinkles.”

There are other methods like fillers that tremendously improve looks but as Josh Klapow, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Public Health echoes “Outward appearance can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem, so ‘looking better’ both in one’s own eyes and in the eyes of others can add to self-esteem. However, self-esteem is an internal experience that needs to be driven by far more than appearance.”

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