Anti Aging Treatments That Really Work – Expert Guide

February 5, 2024

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It is never too early or too late to start thinking about creating a routine around protecting the integrity and youthfulness of your skin. To continue to look as good as you feel inside, experts agree that the small rituals you start now will pay off in dividends in the decades to come.

To quote famous dermatologist, Erno Laszlo, “Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle”. 

It’s helpful to think about aesthetic treatments in two categories. One category is treatments that turn back the clock. Think laser treatments, injectables, peels, etc. The other category is practices that slow down the clock, which is the aim of this article.

Best results involve using both types of aesthetic treatments, as you’ll require more of the former category if you are too lax on the latter.  

You must be wondering…this sounds daunting.  

Modern life demands a lot from us. So, what are the highest-yield beauty rituals that can be effortlessly incorporated into your busy day? Here are our top tips so that you can spend minimal effort on maximal results.

Key Takeaways 

Progress with anti-aging is about committing to long-term, daily habits.  

Quality skincare matters.  

Sun protection to prevent photoaging is one of the best practices you can do for your anti-aging routine.  

Hydrate For Beautiful Skin  

This may sound too basic to be true, however, the importance cannot be understated: stay hydrated. According to a survey by the NY Times of approximately 3,000 Americans, an estimated 75% were found to deal with chronic dehydration. If you find your skin is looking lackluster, start logging your water intake.  

There is science behind why hydration is so important.  

Hyaluronic acid resides in the skin and holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Amazingly, a quarter teaspoon of hyaluronic acid can hold up to one and a half gallons of water.

Lack of water makes hyaluronic molecules smaller, which reduces the ability of this amazing compound to plump up and firm the skin.  

According to Healthline, consistently aim for 2 liters of water daily unless your doctor recommends otherwise due to certain medical conditions. Keep in mind more water may be needed if you have high activity levels.  

According to aesthetician Pamela Marshall, ““Dehydrated skin will send messages to the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum,” she explains. “This excess sebum goes into the pilosebaceous unit, causing it to swell and inflame.

The capillary network will also expand when skin is dehydrated [causing increased redness].” 

Now that we have something so basic out of the way, let’s turn up the dial on aesthetic self-care tips that age like fine wine.  

High Quality Skincare Matters 

Fueling your skin is the same as fueling your body: use the best ingredients possible. Invest in medical grade skincare.

Medical grade skincare uses stronger concentrations of active ingredients than what is available with over-the-counter products. Here are several other reasons why medical grade skincare is a must:  

Professionally Formulated: From skincare professionals such as dermatologists or plastic surgeons, medical grade skincare ensures optimal outcomes backed by science.  

Quality Control and Safety: Medical grade skincare undergoes rigorous testing to ensure therapeutic target doses and purity of the products.  

Address Complex Skin Concerns: While cleansing the skin is a goal, medical grade skincare goes above and beyond to target certain dermatologic conditions such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, or sensitive skin.  

To quote Zein Obagi, a 35 year skincare veteran in the medical skincare community, “My products incorporate all of the agents necessary to allow skin to be better, and that only happens if you work at a cellular level.

You need penetration, you need to use the right concentration to apply the methodology—by doing that, taking care of skin and treating skin become an art,”. 

We have reached our last anti-aging tip that your future self will thank yourself for consistently committing to 10, 20, or even 30+ years from now.  

Protect Your Skin From The Sun  

If you knew what could prevent 80% of skin aging, you would surely want to know if you are serious about maintaining your youthful glow. What contributes so much to wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and skin laxity?  

The answer is the sun.  

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen should be applied daily. Reapplication should be done every 2 hours if outdoors, swimming, or sweating.  

Since the purpose of this article is to make these tips work in your busy life, here are expert tips to blend this new habit seamlessly into your routine:  

Wear SPF based make-up 

Place your SPF in a place you will get a visual cue reminder to use it. This should be a place that is already a part of your routine. For example, next to your toothbrush.  

Carry a travel sized SPF in your purse  

FAQ Section  

Question 1: What are important things to look out for in a sunscreen?  

Answer: Seek products with broad-spectrum protection for UVA and UVB rays. These ingredients include: benzophenones, cinnamates, sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, and ecamsule.  

Question 2: What are examples of quality medical grade skincare brands? 

Answer: At Transformations Aesthetics we carry Obagi, Alastin, and Jan Marini Skin Care.  

Question 3: Do I need to wear sunscreen on cloudy days or indoors?  

Answer: 80% of UV rays can penetrate through clouds and window glass. It is recommended to wear sunscreen daily, regardless of weather.   

What is most important to you in a long-term routine for maintaining your best skin? Please comment below.  

Visualize the skin you want 10, 20, 30 years from now and use this future goal help motivate you to stick with your daily anti-aging practices. The best time to start your anti-aging routine is now


Dr. Laurel

Laurel Ash, ND, MS is an Oregon and Washington board-certified Naturopathic Physician and medical director of a medical spa in Vancouver, WA. Dr. Ash graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2019 and proceeded to work in a primary care for 2 years with a focus on women’s health. Aesthetic medicine became a focus of her clinical practice as she realized beauty is a reflection of inner vitality and health. Dr. Ash’s clinical focuses include optimal aging, hormone replacement therapy, and aesthetic medicine for women.

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