Anti-Aging Skin Care
2 AnswersDavid Pollock , Cosmetology, answeredTake a few minutes every day for a proper skin care regimen that will cleanse away impurities, exfoliate dead skin cells, and hydrate and nourish the newly revealed skin cells. Use an eye gel or cream to target crow’s-feet. Proper skin care will help restore that healthy, radiant glow!
2 AnswersMona Vand, PharmD , Pharmacy, answeredGreat question! I would highly suggest trying a topical cream that includes either Retinol or Retinoids. Retinols are considered milder, and can be found in many over the counter beauty products. Retinoids, on the contrary, have a higher concentration and thus require a prescription. Both are wonderful products to treat and prevent wrinkles. They work in similar fashion — by exfoliating and removing old skin, which in turn, helps stimulates new skin production and boosts cell turnover.
1 AnswerDr. Jeannette O. Graf, MD , Dermatology, answeredThere are a number of injectable products that have various functions. Injecting neurotoxins such as Botox into depressor muscles that pull us down relaxes these muscles. The result is the lift in muscles as they become stronger, giving us a lift.
Anti-aging fillers vary by density and viscosity and therefore an injector's preference plays a role. These include Restylane, Juvederm AC, Belotero, Perlane and Radiesse. The idea of fillers is to aim to create a natural look so that others do not necessarily notice.
Sculptra is a stimulator and therefore works over time, following massage.
Voluma is a newly approved mid-face filler that is a derivative of Juvederm which enhances the lateral zygomatic cheeks. This creates a youthful, fresh look that is quite natural.
Anti-aging product address the signs of aging that are already present, including:
- Loss of skin firmness
- Reduced skin elasticity
- Increased skin dryness
- Pigmentation disorders such as age spots and uneven pigmentation
- Loss of radiance and an increase in dullness
- Formation of fine lines and wrinkles
- Increased fragility to trauma, creating bruises and rashes
- Greater translucency, which shows more veins
- Increased redness due to blood vessel dilation
Most of these are caused by the breakdown of cellular and extracellular components, or a reduction in the rate of key metabolic processes over time. Therefore, there is a need to intervene in these processes to stimulate what is good, such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production in the dermal layer coupled with strong structural proteins and a strengthened natural lipid barrier function. It is equally important to quiet the processes that are bad, such as inflammation, over-stimulation of pigment, and protein crosslinking by sugars, and to inhibit an over-production of enzymes and other agents that break down healthy skin compounds. Remember that a good moisturizer can have very beneficial effects on the visual signs of aging if used regularly. It is also important to protect the skin from UV rays and other environmental and metabolic oxidizing conditions to preserve a youthful appearance.
1 AnswerBen Kaminsky , Dermatology, answeredMoisturize the undereye area morning and night, and as needed throughout the day if this delicate area feels dry and uncomfortable. As the thinnest skin of the body, the eye area is the first to show signs of aging. Apply undereye cream very gently by patting it on the skin, using the ring finger. Start at the outer eye area and pat to the inner area, to avoid aggravating any lines or wrinkles. It is not necessary to apply the cream directly under the lash line but rather the orbital bone.
Eye creams may contain antioxidants such as vitamins A and E to protect against free radicals. Other ingredients include hydrating compounds like wheat germ oil, specific ingredients for conditions such as dark undereye circles, esculin (horse chestnut extract) for puffiness, zinc oligopeptide for wrinkles, and soy sterol for irritation. Unless specified, eye cream should not be applied on eyelid.
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2 AnswersJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsYou may have heard the old wives tale that consuming vitamin C can help fight a cold, but what about wrinkles?
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition of over 4,000 women between the ages of 40 and 70 showed that routine higher takes of vitamin C-rich foods was significantly associated with a decrease in the prevalence of wrinkled and dry skin due to aging. The study also found that higher intakes of linoleic acid reduced the chances of developing not only the same age-related dryness but also thinning of the skin.
While citrus fruits, juices and tomatoes are the leading sources of vitamin C in the American diet, green leafy vegetables, soybean oil, flaxseeds, and walnuts are ringers for linoleic acid.
Tip: Beautify your breakfast by topping your whole grain cereal with ground flaxseeds and chase your morning meal with a glass of OJ. Add spinach to your lunchtime green salad and sprinkle a spoonful of chopped walnuts to give it crunch. For a linoleic-rich salad dressing, combine balsamic vinegar and soybean oil to top it off.
2 AnswersDr. Ellen Marmur, MD , Dermatology, answeredMost of us feel baffled and frustrated, with way too many choices. According to the American Academy of Dermatology in Schaumburg, Illinois, 94 percent of women are confused by their antiaging options. So let's demystify the cosmeceutical mystery. There are four rules to remember:
- Prevent aging skin with what you already own: sunscreen
- Sun protection is the best antiaging product you have and the best investment you can make. Ninety percent of cosmetic skin problems that occur with age (wrinkles, sagging, hyperpigmentation) are caused by sun exposure, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
- Read product labels closely.
- The label must list ingredients from the highest concentration to the lowest, so if the antiaging element you are looking for, be it niacinamide or vitamin C, is near the bottom, there's not enough in the product to do anything.
- Choose your antiaging ingredients wisely
- Are you in your twenties and looking for a preventive product? An antioxidant is a good bet. Do you want to fight wrinkles? Then something with retinoic acid will work. If brown spots and uneven skin tone are your problem, you can use retinoic acid or try a product with niacinamide. Narrow down what it is about your complexion you want to improve, and that will help narrow down your options.
- Research products, and learn the difference between miracles and marketing
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1 AnswerDr. Susan Evans , Dermatology, answeredWhen you get older your skin becomes more prone to sensitivity and damage. While you still need a healthy daily dose of vitamin D, it is important not to abuse your time in the sun. Once you have absorbed your vitamin D (it only takes about 10 minutes), be sure to wear protective coverage, sun block, a hat, and sunglasses. Use lotion daily to keep your skin smooth. You may also want to consider glycolic peels fillers to rejuvenate your face.
3 AnswersDr. Stuart A. Linder, MD , Plastic Surgery, answeredThese days minimally invasive procedures and injectables are the RULE! Botox is great for wrinkle removal (paralysis of muscles around the eyes and forehead). Juvaderm , collagen, and Restylane are useful as fillers for the nasolabial folds, and deep wrinkles. Light peels including TCA, Retin-A, and glycolic acids, are useful to smoothen the skin.