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ANTI-AGING FOR MEN

If there were a fountain of youth out there, women would have already discovered it. But where does that leave the men who worry about what Mother Nature has in store for them?

In addition to Botox, the miracle du jour, there are also preventive measures to avoid the need for a plastic surgery. It can be a solution, but why resort to it when the key to young-looking skin starts with you?

Take action today; a slight change in lifestyle, in addition to using the right products, can make all the difference between aging and aging gracefully. Call our clinic and schedule a free consultation with our doctors to discuss your concerns and provide the best treatment to suit your needs.

If you haven't yet discovered the benefits of moisturizer in the anti-aging process, now's your chance. Moisturizer provides your skin with the hydration it requires to stay rejuvenated and protects against environmental agents that can be harmful to the skin. Dry skin can look leathery, dry and flaky, and will lose the elasticity it needs to stay firm and young-looking. It's a good idea to use a moisturizer that also offers SPF sunscreen protection (even during winter).

You must use sunblock or sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the sun. Since exposure to ultraviolet light (UVA or UVB) from the sun accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature aging (not to mention the danger of skin cancer), there is no better reason to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and make sure you're always adequately protected. The sun's UV rays damage the skin's elastin fibers (these tissues are part of the skin's second layer, the dermis, and give the skin its elasticity), causing your skin to sag and stretch.

You might not see the harm now, but the fine lines and wrinkles will catch up with you. By the same token, tanning salons are also a bad idea.

Stress has a negative effect on your skin's overall condition (such as acne), and facial expressions such as frowning or squinting your eyes (a stress-related reaction) can also cause wrinkles -- especially between your eyebrows and in the corners of your eyes -- as permanent muscle contractions cause skin to lose elasticity. So here's yet another reason to reduce your stress level at work, at home, and in all aspects of your life. Learn to breathe or count to ten when you feel your stress level getting out of hand, take a walk when you need to clear your head, and most importantly, make sure to set aside "me" time every night, whether it's watching your favorite TV show, or reading.

One effective way to reduce the stress in your life is by exercising; it keeps you and your skin looking young and energetic. Whether it's hitting the gym, jogging, skiing, or swimming, anything that gets your blood flowing, muscles working and heart pumping can help make you feel and look like a whole new man. We could schedule a session of Therapeutic Pilates with our therapist to help you reduce your stress.

Try to limit the amount of junk food you consume (greasy fries and pizza don't do much for your complexion, or your state of well-being), and make sure you get your daily amount of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals by eating fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Our nutritionist would be more than happy to assist you with that. An international study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, which aimed at examining the possible correlation between nutrition and wrinkles, discovered that vegetables, legumes and olive oil (foods abundant in the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E) protect against sun damage, while a high intake of meat, dairy and butter products seemed to be associated with skin damage.

In addition to eating right, make sure to drink approximately eight glasses of water per day. If you want your skin to remain young looking, your body must always be properly hydrated; using moisturizer gets part of the job done, but you need to take care of the rest from the inside.

A lack of sleep over a period of time can begin to take its toll on your body, and it'll show on the surface too. Getting an average of eight hours per night will help eliminate the bags under your eyes and the general look of fatigue. Lethargy is never in style. A good way to start getting more sleep would be by cutting the excessive amount of all-night partying. And while you're at it, cut down on the boozing and smoking (one of the common causes of wrinkles) from your life. Moderation is key.

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an important part of looking (and feeling) young, there are products out there that will help delay the effects of time. Consult our specialists, and they will guide you through the regimen you need to do on a regular basis.

Of course, there's no stopping or turning back the clock, but there are ways to protect yourself from the natural effects of aging. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle -- encompassing everything from your diet and sleeping habits to your overall well-being -- and taking proper care of your skin to make sure that it's hydrated and free of harmful environmental agents will prevent and help eliminate the signs of premature aging. Sure, there are ways to reverse the wrinkles, but why not go straight to the source and stop them before they even occur? Hey, if women hate telling others how old they are, why should your face reveal your age? Keep them guessing for years.

NOTE: the same list of ANTI-AGING SUPPLEMENTS FROM LIFE EXTENSION WE CARRY (see anti-aging for women) could be used here.

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