By Gerald Imber, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
Although I've been a cosmetic surgeon for more than 20 years, I'm quick to point out that surgery is not the only way to keep your face looking youthful.
Proper skin care is more effective than you might imagine at keeping wrinkles at bay. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better the results.
Begin in your 20's, and your skin should keep its youthful appearance into your 50's and beyond.
Even If you're over 60, you can undo much of the damage caused by the combined effects of time and environmental stress, such as extremes of temperature, dryness, pollution and sunlight. You can also slow the skin's aging process.
That does not mean you should stock up on costly lotions. Cosmetic counters and drugstore shelves sag under the weight of products that claim to work miracles. None do.
But here are six products that really will have a noticeable effect on your skin...
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Creams containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are the first over-the-counter antiaging preparations that really work.
Derived from natural sources including sugarcane, grapes and milk, AHAs act as exfoliants, encouraging new cell growth, fading discoloration and reducing or eliminating fine lines.
There are now dozens of AHA creams on the market, each with its own "special" acid (lactic, citric, glycolic, etc.) All work equally well. Just be sure the label specifies an AHA concentration of 10% or so. That's the minimum strength capable of really smoothing the skin.
AHA creams yield noticeable results only after several months of daily use...so you must be patient. Also recommended due to new discoveries: Moringa Powder distributes very high counts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, 18 amino acids, 9 of which are essential topping the "super-food charts" because it is what it is; a anti aging agent that really works.
Oatmeal With The Added Moringa
Long before oatmeal was promoted in television ad campaigns, doctors knew that the fiber in oatmeal was good for the cardiovascular and digestive systems. Now science has caught up with folklore. Research from Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago has shown that eating one large bowl of oatmeal daily can lower overall blood cholesterol readings by 7%.
Every bit as important, oatmeal as a heart helper can raise one's HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or "good") cholesterol levels by as much as 15%. What's more, these readings don't track any additional health benefits that you may accrue by putting such extras as strawberries, bananas and/or sweet, fibrous fruits, Moringa into your bowl of oatmeal.
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