Off To College? Don't Forget Your Skin Care!

Plastic Surgeon serving Lutherville Timonium, Baltimore & Columbia areas of Maryland

Wow! It's that time of year already! High School is behind you and onward to College and a new chapter in your life! Many of you will be going away from home, while some stay home and attend local Universities or Community. Either way, you'll be up late studying some nights and other nights, up late partying. You won't be getting as much sleep and probably won't be as cautious to your diet either.

All of these changes, not to mention the new stress you'll find yourself handling, will play havoc on your skin. The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland encourages our young patients to start the school year off right and make every effort to keep you face cleaning regiment as regular and normal as possible. We all want to have that great looking skin, and you've struggled through High School to have it, don't let higher education derail you!

Diet, exercise, stress and sun, even your genes, all are part of how well you age. That dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles,will start to happen any time now, starting in your mid twenties into your early 30's. Now is the time, college years, to take care of your skin and slow down that aging process!

The genes you inherit is Intrinsic Aging begins in your twenties but you won't notice it for decades. You can't change your genes, as such, Intrinsic Aging is not something you can control. This is why it is so important to take good care of your skin now.

The next part of aging is Extrinsic Aging and the good news here is that you can control it's effect somewhat. Environmental factors that cause the age spots, abnormal blood vessels, dry and thin skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Extrinsic-aging usually involves the collagen and elasticity of your skin being damaged, causing your skin to sag and wrinkle.

Either way, Intrinsic Aging or Extrinsic Aging, Dr. Basner advises his patients to take heed to the importance of treating your skin with a good skin care regiment that included products high in anti-oxidants. However, what you need to remember is the Extrinsic Aging can be slowed down by many things you do have control over.

Such as gravity, repetitive facials expressions such as always frowning, sleeping positions and what is really important to know while in College is the excessive partying that usually includes consumption of alcohol and many of us pick up the habit of smoking while in college. And The number one cause of skin damage that you can control is the Sun!

So as you pack up and head off to College, make sure you packed plenty of sunscreen and make every effort to cleanse, moisturize and take care of your skin the next four years. When you walk that stage to receive your degree, make it your goal to have the same healthy and young skin that you had during Rush Week.