Skin aging cannot be completely prevented but can be slowed down by protecting the skin from sun exposure, avoiding smoking and pollution, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Skincare products and treatments such as retinoids, antioxidants, and chemical peels can also help slow down the aging process and improve the appearance of the skin. While genetics and hormone changes cannot be controlled, lifestyle habits and preventative treatment can be modified to help slow down the aging process.
A doctor or dermatologist can help with skin anti-aging through a variety of treatments such as prescription skincare, injectable treatments, laser and light-based therapies, chemical peels, and lifestyle advice. These personalized treatments can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, and improve skin texture, tone, and firmness. Additionally, a doctor can provide guidance on lifestyle changes to help slow down the aging process and improve overall skin health.
Retinoids are chemical compounds that either come from or have similar properties to vitamin A. Retinoids anti-aging effects on skin in several ways, including:
- Speeding cell turnover (promoting growth of new skin cells and shedding of old ones in the topmost layer of skin)
- Boosting collagen production
- Improving skin elasticity
- Influencing pigment arrangement