Six Steps To Looking (Not Just Feeling) Younger

I have noticed that female patients who come in for any aesthetic treatment here at Maine Laser Skin Care are most especially aware of their bodies and care about their health.  They realize that being healthy on the inside improves their outer appearance.  As much as laser treatments help, they are not the finite solutions to improved cosmetic health.

That’s why a recent report on women’s health published on WebMD highlighted six simple, but important, steps for women of all ages to look and feel younger.   No matter how many candles were on your last birthday cake (or your next one for that matter), you can feel stronger, more youthful, and energized by implementing these measures:

#1: Bone Up

To keep a good posture and maintain your spine and hips in strong condition, women of all ages need at least 1200 milligrams of calcium per day, especially after menopause.  If you lack adequate dairy intake in your diet as is the case in many women, you need to take a calcium supplement to hit that milligram target.  Taking vitamin D at a dose of at least 1000 units per day is also essential.   Fortunately, many calcium supplements include vitamin D, as do multivitamins.

#2: Ban the Tan

This advice should be familiar to anyone who has listened to my advice or read my newsletters or blog.  As you get older, the drawbacks to youthful golden tans are frequently extra lines, spots and wrinkles.  In addition, the increased risk of skin cancer is real.   It’s never too early, or too late, to stop the sun damage with sunblocks, or simply by staying out of the sun whenever possible.  Of course, to erase some of the previous damage, Maine Laser Skin Care offers a wide range of treatments.

#3: Take Care of Your Heart

It does no good to look young if your heart is damaged.  Heart disease is the biggest killer of women, and a big cause of disability in heart attack survivors.  Heart risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and abdominal fat.  However, twenty to thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day can cut your heart disease risk in half, even if that exercise is taking a long walk in the morning.  The heart is a muscle.  Therefore, use it or lose it!

#4: Hit the Sack

While you sleep, your body, specifically your skin, regenerates faster than when you are awake.  That may be why they call it “beauty sleep”.  Also, people who sleep seven to eight hours per night are less likely to be overweight and/or depressed, and are generally healthier.

#5: Mind Your Memory

The brain is a very important part of your overall health.  Just like your muscles, your brain can benefit from a workout.  A cognitive fitness program includes doing a crossword or sudoku puzzle, learning a new language, or going to a museum.

#6: You Are What You Eat

Drinking lots of fluids and eating smaller and more frequent meals with lower carbohydrate and total calorie content can help you lose weight.  A healthy diet makes for a healthy body and healthy-looking skin.

Take good care of your body internally and you will feel good.  As a side benefit, you will look better externally.  Keep up the good work on the steps above, and you will age at your best.  Give Becky a call at (207) 873-2158 to set up a free consultation anytime to discuss any of your skin care needs.  Also, don’t forget to check the monthly specials on the website, and check out our webpage for updates on monthly specials or info on other skin topics within the Maine Laser blog.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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