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For years, scientists, cosmetologists and surgeons have explored and developed the art of anti-aging practices. Students pursuing a USC masters in gerontology have made several strides towards furthering that development, as well as several other gerontology explorers. The past decade has discovered several new foundations that are continuing the anti-aging movement and furthering the idea of youth within aging.

Wrinkle Injections

New injections, such as Xeomin or Juvederm, are now being used by cosmetic surgeons all over the world. These injections use gel-like substances that are transferred directly into the skin using small needles that relax the muscles and straighten out wrinkles. The process has been proven to work and involves little pain. Although it does involve risks, such as swelling, redness or itching, most individuals respond well to the treatment and enjoy the results.

Tailored Genes

Studies have shown that certain family genes are more prone to cancerous cells and illness. If someone has a history of a certain illness in their family, than that gene could be transferred to them as well. Tailored genes have proven to work when creating an embryo that holds a specific blood type. Scientists are now developing the idea that, through tailored genes, they can avoid passing certain cells into the embryonic sack, thus preventing illnesses that attack during old age, such as cancer or even Alzheimer’s.

Sunscreen Development

UVB and UVA are one of the main causes of skin issues during old age. Age spots, wrinkles and cancer are all problems that can arise from too much sun. Sunscreen can be used, but it only assists with UVB rays, while UVA rays are the ones that penetrate deep and can still cause problems. Anti-aging sunscreen is currently being developed that not only protects against UVB rays, but guards against UVA rays as well, thus keeping aging skin safe against all harmful radiation

Laser Skin Resurfacing

During the natural aging process, collagen, the component in the skin that keeps it plump and wrinkle free, is often damaged. The process of Laser Skin Resurfacing uses small beams of energy that bore tiny holes into the skin and forces the body’s natural collagen production to move faster, thus resulting new, youthful skin. The newer Fractional CO2 Lasers have been developed to not cause any damage to the top layer of skin during the procedure, which means that can repair aging skin without having to cause any damage.


Many anti-aging creams used today contain medical antioxidants that fight against the free radicals that cause aging. These antioxidants also work to destroy molecules developed in the skin from sun exposure or pollution that attack the body’s collagen supply. Several substances that contain antioxidants work to guard and protect the skin from further damage while also repairing damage done in the past. Today, the newest antioxidant used is the coffee berry, which works to provide an anti-aging jolt to the face.

While aging is a natural process, it does not have to be a natural sacrifice. Getting older is quickly becoming a completely different experience as more and more individuals continue to discover the secrets to the fight against age.



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