Aging is a natural process and a fact of life, but bad habits early in life can cause an acceleration that makes men and women look older than their years. Regret is a common reaction, but all the hindsight in the world won’t reverse the damage. Everybody knows about the most common plastic surgery techniques as well as less invasive procedures that can help, but what about skin tightening and firming products — can they really make a difference?

For most of the products in the general marketplace, the answer is no. Some offer modest help, but few deliver the benefits they promise. That’s not to say that there aren’t some good products out there, but they tend to be few and far between. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon are good sources for products that are likely to deliver real results. That’s because they have a thorough understanding of the problems presented by aging skin, and know what ingredients and formulations are most likely to correct or at least dramatically improve them. In general, a top priority is UV protection, since sun damage is one of the major causes of lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Good UV protection will prevent further damage, if it’s used consistently. Secondly, ingredients to build collagen and elastin are vital, since collagen gives skin its firmness and elastin keeps it tight. Other ingredients formulated to destroy free radicals and reduce inflammation are also important components.

If you’re looking for professional advice about effective skin care products and regimens, contact us.