Anti-Aging Skin Care
1 AnswerRealAge answered
You can conceal bruising and redness from anti-aging treatments by doing the following:
- Stock up beforehand on a good concealer to make bruising disappear. I find Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage is great for covering up small stuff.
- Some laser treatments create eggplant-colored bruises and the only thing that will cover those is DermaBlend. It’s been around forever because it does an amazing job. Just get it ahead of time and practice a couple of times to get the hang of blending it.
- If your treatment is more likely to leave redness than anything else (ask your doctor), go to any drugstore and buy a green-tinted concealer; it takes the red out.
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1 AnswerScour your drugstore for products containing antioxidants that have been around for longer and are therefore cheaper, including:
- Isoflavones from soy extract;
- Catechins from green-tea extract;
- Vitamins A, C, and E;
- Vitamin B3 products.
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.
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1 AnswerDr. Andrea Pennington, MD , Integrative Medicine, answeredMost of the physical signs of aging such as wrinkles, stooped posture, stiff and achy joints, obesity and poor vision are brought on prematurely by environmental factors and the practice of particular bad habits. This means that unless genetically programmed to do so, many of the cells of your body are not intended to degenerate until very late in life—if at all. Excessive alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, pessimism, anger, impatience, pollution, excessive exposure to sunlight, inactivity, prolonged exposure to stressful situations, and poor nutrition all lead to cellular damage that starts and accelerates the aging process.
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 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.
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.