As a board-certified plastic surgeon and Chairman of the Scientific Board at Image Skincare, I’ve been fortunate enough to use my skills to correct aesthetic concerns caused by injuries or those that people have had since birth. But recently, I got to thinking more and more about issues where, I’m convinced, every person’s own actions can make a difference—issues where they do have control.
Many of my clients seek surgical remedies for aesthetic concerns that are related to the passage of time. On the one hand, we all know aging is an inevitable part of life—and that there is no magical fountain of youth. But why, then, do some people do age better than others? This is the question that began my quest to better understand the aging process. I wanted to learn how skin, muscles and other tissues change over time. Why do some people who are young in years appear much older? And why do some people who’ve already lived rich lives still maintain a youthful appearance?
Naturally, there is a genetic component to aging. Your inner biological clock ticks on, no matter what you do. This is largely determined by the biological coding in your DNA. Your cells cannot replicate forever, and eventually cell damage leads to apoptosis, or cell death. Your DNA also determines your susceptibility to certain illnesses, and those illnesses can further accelerate cell aging. Skin is a great indicator of age. Your skin is a mirror that reveals the state of health of your entire body. The same genetic mechanisms, and the same exposures to an aggressive environment, drive the deterioration of cells inside and on the surface of the body. Healthy skin reflects a healthy body. And a healthy body has healthy skin. Visible signs of aging are caused by years of damage to our body and skin cells simply by living in the world. But so many other factors play into aging.
Our food consumption and nutrition choices can create and sustain healthy cells or accelerate their deterioration. Lack of exercise can create significant health issues, while adequate exercise of the right type makes us healthier and extends our lives. Neglecting our skin and exposing it to sun damage can cause it to age; worse still, unhealthy skin becomes a weaker barrier against disease, toxins and allergens. If your skin is sick, you’re going to get sick. Psychological stresses can impact the brain and nervous system, and there are positive actions we can all take to reduce stress and acquire a calmer mental condition.
It’s these four topics—food, exercise, skin care and inner peace—that lead me to write Age Later. They are also the fundamental pillars of the book. I wrote Age Later to share those insights with readers—and to help anyone who wants to look and feel younger achieve that goal. As you improve skin health and appearance, as you find an inner calm and get yourself into the best physical and mental shape possible, your overall health and energy levels will receive a boost as well.
You will Age Later, by staying younger longer.
-Dr. Marc Ronert