Sagging skin and wrinkles are no longer an inevitable result of aging. With the proper care, skin can stay healthy and beautiful for longer than ever.
Is it too late for those who haven’t been taking ideal care of their skin? The answer is a resounding no.
By making some lifestyle changes, you can avoid even having to consider cosmetic surgery. There is no need to join the many who feel their only option to correct skin is to get a face lift.
Dr. Perricone has several alternatives for a lifestyle that will keep you from ever considering a face lift.
This article will discuss Dr. Perricone’s Three-Tiered Philosophy:
- Tier One: Anti-inflammatory diet
- Tier Two: Targeted nutritional supplements
- Tier Three: Clinical skin care
- Additional lifestyle recommendations
One facet of a lifestyle that will leave you with healthier skin is ensuring that you eat food that promotes skin health. This means refraining from eating foods that will cause skin inflammation. The Inflammation Theory of Aging suggests that inflammation is the cause of many diseases and conditions, including acne and wrinkles.
Although Dr. Perricone’s full diet plan advocates cutting out any food that can cause inflammation, below are two brief lists of foods to avoid and some to embrace.
Avoid foods like:
- Soda (even diet soda)
Embrace foods that include antioxidants, proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids like:
- Wild salmon and fish
- Olive oil
Additionally, drink 8 glasses of water per day to remain sufficiently hydrated.
In addition to adjusting your diet, there is a full line of supplements you can take to enhance your health. These range from the general, like the Skin & Total Body supplement for your overall health, to the specific, like the dietary supplement Super Berry Powder with Acai.
If you can’t follow Dr. Perricone’s diet to the letter, don’t worry. The basis of Dr. Perricone’s recommendations is that living a healthier life will translate into a healthy body and skin.
The next step to better skin is to follow a skin regimen that is both preventative and restorative. Your skin care products should protect your skin from damage while also reversing damage that has already been done.
Dr. Perricone’s skin care products include a range of key sciences that have applications including:
- Reduce lines and wrinkles
- Increase firmness and elasticity
- Even skin tone
- Decrease inflammation, redness, and irritation
- Moisturize skin
It’s never too soon or too late to start using more specialized skin care products. Whether you don’t have a wrinkle or you have plenty, the same product can have beneficial effects. While one person may choose a skin care product for its tightening and firming effects, another might choose it for its ability to make the skin more radiant. Products like Evening Facial Emollient combine a host of benefits that people of any age or skin condition can appreciate.
For those who are seriously considering cosmetic surgery or other medical procedures to correct existing skin damage and imperfections, using products that are designed specifically to address the signs of aging skin can be surprisingly effective.
Look for ingredients like:
- DMAE, which tightens the skin by toning the muscles underneath
- Alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant that protects the skin and also reduces inflammation, puffiness, and pore appearance
- Vitamin C ester, an antioxidant that also reduces irritation and redness
These powerful antioxidants increase the skin’s overall health, while also reducing the damage that has amassed over the years. Many of Dr. Perricone’s patients come to him intent on undergoing cosmetic surgery. However, once they start his skin care routine that incorporates these key ingredients, the results are drastic enough that the vast majority of patients abandon their plans for plastic surgery.
Lastly, a few lifestyle changes are essential to ensure skin does not come in contact with harmful environmental substances that accelerate skin damage.
These tips are still crucial to keeping skin and the rest of your body as healthy as possible:
- Wear sunscreen every day, even if you only go outside for a few minutes. Sunscreen should be at least SPF 15 to block out harmful UV rays that damage skin cells.
- Don’t smoke, and avoid second hand smoke. Smoke causes harmful, cell-damaging chemicals to enter your body.
- Avoid harsh chemicals. They strip the skin of its natural defense system, allowing these dangerous chemicals to enter your body and promote free radicals.
- Exercise several times a week. This will help your body become naturally stronger and better able to defend itself against the stresses of everyday life.