NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- If anyone knows how time and an active
lifestyle can impact a person's body and skin, it's a plastic surgeon. Nearly
11.7 million Americans turned to cosmetic procedures last year to improve
their appearances. However, New York City-based plastic surgeon Shirley
Madhere, M.D., says you can improve your appearance, without going under the
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"As you age, your skin naturally becomes thinner and loses its
elasticity," says Dr. Madhere. "Since your skin does not produce as many
natural oils as it once did, it also becomes a bit drier. All of these factors
make your skin more prone to sagging and to wrinkles."
Dr. Madhere offers these tips for looking great at any age:
1. Avoid prolonged sun exposure: "I can't tell you how many procedures I
have performed that could have been delayed if the client had taken
precautions to protect his or her skin from the sun," says Dr. Madhere, who
recommends a daily sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. "Opt for sunless tanners
and bronzers if you desire a sun-kissed look."
2. Work from the inside out: "What you put into your body is reflected on
the outside," she says. A known aging culprit is cigarette smoking, which saps
skin of Vitamin A and may give it a sallow hue. "Quitting smoking will add
years to your life and will also help prevent some lines and wrinkles from
forming." Dr. Madhere also recommends eating fresh fruits and vegetables,
which are high in antioxidants. A supervised detox plan will help eliminate
toxins and clear up skin. Dr. Madhere advises keeping your body well hydrated
and to consider taking a multivitamin to compensate for nutrients you may be
missing in your daily diet.
3. Reduce bruise discoloration and swelling: For those who do rely on
their plastic surgeon, Dr. Madhere says homeopathic Arnica montana works on
bruising and swelling after cosmetic or surgical procedures. She recommends
Boiron's Arnicare Gel and Arnica montana oral pellets
(http://www.arnicare.com). "Arnicare is a must for anyone who wants to have
less downtime after a procedure or maintain an active lifestyle but not the
effects of it on their skin. It reduces bruise discoloration, which can be
unsightly on exposed areas like legs and arms. Arnicare treats everyday muscle
aches and pain from overexertion or minor injuries, so keep it handy in your
purse, briefcase or gym bag."
4. Rest and recharge: "Nothing ages your skin more than stress," says Dr.
Madhere. She recommends activities that help beat stress and keep you calm,
such as yoga, exercising, meditation and creative writing. And don't skimp on
sleep -- aim for 7 to 8 hours a night.
"Keeping your skin healthy and young looking is simple if you are willing
to incorporate some natural changes into your routine and make an investment
in your lifestyle," says Dr. Madhere.