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6 little lifestyle changes to reduce wrinkles

A youthful appearance matters – in a competitive work environment, on the dating scene, and to you, every time you look in the mirror.

Here are a half dozen simple steps to help your skin look younger, longer:

  1. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Stay in the shade during peak hours and wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day – one that blocks UVA and UVB with an SPF of at least 30.
  2. Don’t smoke. It breaks down collagen and elastin that keep skin firm.
  3. Get more sleep. Sleep deprivation causes production of a hormone called cortisol that breaks down skin cells. Sleep on your back to avoid lines that etch into cheeks, chin, and brow.
  4. Wear reading glasses and sunglasses. Repeated squinting forms grooves beneath the surface of skin.
  5. Consume more fish, soy, fruits, vegetables, and cocoa. A healthy diet with omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and flavanols improves circulation to skin cells.
  6. Don’t overwash. Tap water strips natural oils. Wash no more than twice a day and always apply a moisturizer.

To really give your wrinkle reduction routine a boost, talk with a cosmetic dermatologist about professional skin care products, resurfacing techniques, and injectables.
Botox aids in brain function breakthrough

Botox is the neuromodulator you love for its amazing capacity to smooth facial wrinkles. It works by interrupting signals from nerves that tell muscles to contract. Recently, researchers at the National Institutes of Health applied that knowledge to better understand how brain cells communicate normally, and in disease conditions.

While a bit oversimplified, the study basically revealed this progression:
  • Each day about 100 billion nerve cells send thousands of messages to your body in the form of chemicals called neurotransmitters.
  • The messages are stored, and sent and received only when cell fusion occurs.
  • They travel through a network of 100 trillion synapses, or communication points.
  • Nerve cells need proteins call SNAREs (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors) for fusion.
  • This cell to cell communication controls your senses, movements, and thoughts.
  • Botox disrupts SNAREs, preventing cell fusion.
Observing facial Botox injections provided vital insight into a this complex process. It will help in development of treatments for disorders like epilepsy, diabetes (since SNAREs influence insulin release from cells in the pancreas), and psychiatric problems.
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