Anti-Aging Skin Care

Anti-Aging Skin Care

Anti-Aging Skin Care
The science of anti-aging has come a long way. Learn how to slow aging, feel and look younger and keep your skin in great condition.

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    A Dr. Doris Day, MD, Dermatology, answered
    How can I treat my forehead wrinkles?
    Forehead wrinkles start to develop early, especially for those who are expressive or animated with their faces. In this video, dermatologist Doris Day, MD, explains a few reasons why forehead wrinkles develop, and what you can do to treat it.
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    A Dr. Doris Day, MD, Dermatology, answered
    What ingredients should I look for in an effective, anti-aging eye cream?
    Using the right eye cream is critical to youthful-looking eyes; niacinamide, caffeine and retinol are key ingredients. Watch dermatologist Doris Day, MD, explain how these potent ingredients work to improve the appearance of skin around the eyes. 
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    AYouBeauty answered
    Women who shield their skin from the sun with a daily sunscreen look younger, have fewer wrinkles and smoother, evenly toned complexions. That’s because the sun’s ultra-violet rays are the number one culprit for damaging collagen -- the support structure of the skin.

    Use a daily moisturizer with SPF 30, which contains potent sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, recommends David Bank, MD, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. Use it every day -- whether the forecast calls for sun or clouds. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 80 percent of UV rays can pass through clouds.
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    A Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Every night -- and only at night -- wash your face using an alpha hydroxy (AHA)-based cleanser. Most non-AHA cleansers don’t do a good enough job getting rid of all the dirt that’s built up on your skin throughout the day; soap and water just cleans the top layer of dirt. AHAs are gentle acids derived from fruits that actually help dissolve dirt and clumps of dead cells, clearing them away and allowing young skin cells beneath them to grow faster.
     
    You can find AHA-based cleansers in drugstores for about $10 to $15. Look for “-ic” ingredients on the product label, such as glycolic, lactic, citric, malic, or tartaric acid. Use a dime-size amount every night to clean your skin and remove makeup. Your exfoliated skin will better absorb the creams that you apply afterward, leaving you with luminous, radiant, and younger-looking skin.

    For a more youthful complexion, complement your nightly AHA wash with a weekly AHA at-home skin peel. Doing so will remove dead skin cells, making your skin brighter and tighter. Look for at-home peels containing glycolic acid for best results.
    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    AHealthyWomen answered
    The pharmacological effects of materials such as seaweed and oatmeal, often used in face masks or peels, are unknown. Papain, an enzyme found in papaya, is helpful in sloughing off dead skin cells, but can be expensive.
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    AHealthyWomen answered
    Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) contain lactic acid (found in milk), fruit acids and glycolic acids (found in sugar cane). AHAs, like tretinoin derivatives, work by peeling away dead and thickened areas of the skin.

    Cosmetic treatments containing highly concentrated AHAs, known as chemical peels, have long been available from dermatologists. AHAs used by trained cosmetologists contain 20% to 30% concentrations of AHAs and provide a superficial smoothing of the skin's texture similar to microdermabrasion. These treatments must be repeated every three to six months to maintain results.

    Doctors can use AHA products with concentrations of up to 70% in chemical peels to erase fine wrinkles and remove surface scars; the results of these treatments can last up to five years.

    Over-the-counter (OTC) preparations are required by the FDA to contain less than 10% concentration of AHAs. They may provide a little improvement of scaly skin.

    Higher concentrations of the active ingredients in OTC products are buffered, and therefore neutralized, to prevent peeling. These OTC AHA products are not known to improve skin wrinkling. Improvements with these or prescription products last only as long as the product is used. Long-term effects of AHAs are unknown. They can irritate the skin and make it more sensitive to sunlight. Signs of sensitivity are redness and burning.
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    AHealthyWomen answered
    Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) (AHAs, glycolic acid, lactic acid), antioxidants (vitamins A, E, C) and vitamin A derivatives (Retin-A, Renova and retinol) in moisturizers are frequently promoted as products that can make skin younger looking.
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    A Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Dr. Oz - retinol

    Retinol is the most important anti-aging skin care ingredient on the market today, says dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. In this video, Dr. Graf tells Dr. Oz how retinol skin creams can make your skin look younger.

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    A Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Dr. Oz - antioxidant skin cream

    Antioxidant skin creams contain ingredients that can help counteract sun damage. To learn more about using antioxidant skin creams to take years off your face, watch this vide featuring Dr. Oz and dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf.

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    A Kimberly Snyder, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    What foods should I eat to help prevent wrinkles?

    One of the best foods to prevent wrinkles is cabbage; it's very rich in vitamin C, which helps to strengthen collagen and protect against the breakdown of skin cells. Watch as nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, CN, explains why purple cabbage is best.