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How to Look 5yrs Younger: Anti-Aging Without the Knife, Yes it is Possible !

The cold chills of winter are approaching quickly while summer slowly becomes a thing of the past.  However, one thing remains constant; winter affects everything from clogged hair follicles to frost bitten toes.  Working in the beauty industry, one has firsthand experience with the effects of weather damaged skin, hair and nails during the winter months. One should understand that neglecting your skin through winter will, without a doubt, amplify the effects of aging.  The skin care industry has made visible progress towards the prevention of aging.  The effects of the weather and the environment should be fairly understood when it comes to the aging process.  However, people may lack an understanding of the biological process that affects the skin overtime and what products, scientifically, can help reverse the aging process.  If there was a fountain of youth to dip into, I would be the first to tell you.  Being that is not the case, it seems more realistic to share some ideas about how to prevent skin from producing aging toxins and ways you can reduce the effects of deep lines and wrinkles.

Taking proper care of your skin combined with the application of non-surgical procedures will help nourish your body’s surface and contribute to overall healthier and younger looking skin.  Non Surgical procedures help both men and women hoping to look younger without surgical procedures.  My Image Expert has teamed up with the experts from DK Salon to find the most effective, non-surgical skin care treatments that will help you look 5 years younger.

Botox is the most popular form of nonsurgical treatment.  This treatment consists of botulinum injections. A toxin applied directly into the muscle that lies below the wrinkles in your face. What it does: essentially Botox erases the lines caused from wrinkles by relaxing the surrounding muscles.  This prevents them from contracting and tightening.  It is best used to erase the “11” lines between the eyes, lift brows and eyelids, erase crow’s feet and laugh lines around the mouth.  One treatment of Botox can take about 30 minutes and costs anywhere form $300-$500.00.  It will take up to a week before you notice any difference and a full 3-4 weeks to see the full effects of the treatment.  Botox will definitely give your skin a more youthful appearance and has been referred to as the “miracle wrinkle cream”.  It is one of the more expensive non-surgical treatments but the good news is the more you do it; the muscle looses memory and you will need fewer treatments over time.   Botox is not for everyone; the needles can be intimidating and the costs are somewhat steep.  Some might say, “No pain no gain!” Either way, Botox is not the only option for younger looking skin!

The Galvanic spa by NU Skin is an effective treatment that you can do yourself in the privacy of your home. It is the size of a man’s razor and used with a self applied facial gel.  The Galvanic Spa System has a smooth metal end like a spoon that is rubbed over the entire facial region.  It rejuvenates your complexion by evening skin tones and decreasing indents caused by wrinkles.  This system also works on the body to tighten skin and smooth out cellulite.  Each self administered session lasts for about 5 minutes and results can be seen within 24 hours.  This hand held device delivers a small galvanic current which helps to delivering nutrients in to the skins pores. The current rejuvenates the skin while removing impurities and toxins.  The treatment gels that you are suppose to use with the system deliver the nutrients into your skin pores but can get relatively expensive ($40 for 2 weeks worth).  The good news is that there are a lot of natural products and vitamins on the market that can replace these gels like Vitamin E and Olive oil. The system is a onetime investment around $350-$400. Once bought, you can give yourself or friends a Galvanic treatment at your own convenience. 

Tri Luma is a skin cream used for Melasma, the correct term for what men and women refer to as dark spots throughout your skin. Melasma is a skin condition caused by overproduction of melanin. Melanin is the natural chemical in your skin pigment which creates dark spots when exposed to the sun.  The sun can make these spots worse over time and usually at the end of summer, can leave many with botchy uneven skin tones and facial spotting in the cheeks and forehead.  What it does: Treats hyper pigmentation and inhibits the production of melanin.  TriLuma contains three different medications that bleach the skin, increase the shedding of damaging cells, and reduces redness and swelling.  This can be used anywhere on the body but most doctors recommend using it for 8 weeks before experiencing the full results.  Tri-Luma can help both minor and severe cases of skin discoloration. 

Latisse is one of the newest cosmetic, non-surgical products.  What it does: grows eyelashes longer and darker. This product is solely made for eyelashes and helps restore growth to the hair follicles.  This product is a great way to revitalize the look of your eyes naturally.  Latisse comes in an eye drop sized bottle and is applied with a cosmetic brush just above the eyelashes.  It is applied nightly before bed on each eye for 3-6 months.  I have seen results after one month, but to see full results, one must continue use for at least 3 months.  Naturally your eyelashes fall out over time and applying thickening mascara only helps them to fall out faster! Latisse is one of those products that simply are worth the investment because you’ll save in the long run with mascara and eye make-up.  Most women who have tried this product eventually stopped using eye make-up! The only downfall is the price. The last bottle I bought was $100.00 and lasted one month. 

Kinerase Photo Facial System, an anti-aging system developed to help environmentally damaged skin. Winter is simply unforgiving on our skin; the harsh effects of freezing wind and artificial indoor heat is merciless. The heat in your car, the office, or the hot shower you take every morning can really destroy your skin cells by creating brown patches, dry skin, dehydration and broken blood vessels.  Skin conditioning calls for extra pampering and the Kinerase product line addresses several of these issues.  Kinerase Photo Facial System addresses all aspects of sun damage:  including hyper pigmentation, pore appearance, radiance, tone, and deep and fine line wrinkles.  What it does: The system incorporates a cleanser which exfoliates the skin using fruit enzymes and silica beads, a day moisturizer with anti-aging ingredient Kinetin, and a botanical blend of skin brighteners.  This system should prove results in about 4 weeks.  For skin that fears the touch of winter weather, the Kinerase Hydraboost serum is a miracle worker that locks in moisture with vitamins and minerals to ramp up your hydration and restore dull, lackluster skin.  To complete your regimen, Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream has a rich, luxurious feel and will target all those worrisome lines, crow’s feet and dryness. This product may seem technical and scientific, but you don’t need a dermatologist’s prescription to use it.  The Kinerase product line is available in Sephora and Nordstrom.  If you go to the Kinerase website and request samples, they are very generous.  The Kinerase line is one step down from pharmaceutical grade products and works well for average skin! 

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