My Best Advice on Anti-aging Skincare Products
For those who wish to preserve their skin, prevent sun damage, or invest in procedures (botulinum injections, fillers, lasers, peels), it’s wise to consider and use the right products. Although they don’t offer instant improvement (most see a change in about 90 days), a smart line-up is essential for anyone interested in maintaining or improving the health and appearance of their skin. In fact, almost anyone over the age of 20 can benefit from education and direction towards clinically-proven and effective skin products.
Skin care formulations have kept my interest since residency. I continue to be consulted by colleagues and patients patients alike on this subject, as I have made it my business to scrutinize the product science. I have a reputation among product representatives in the field, as they either love me or hate me. 🙂 After twenty years of experience, my conclusion is that the right skin care products can make a significant difference in your appearance. It’s my job to help you navigate which products will help you to look your very best.
In the world of skin lotions, potions, supplements, there are three main classes:
- 1. Prescriptions – a health care provider’s written authorization for a patient to purchase a prescription drug from a pharmacist or other authorized dispensing agent.
- 2. Cosmetics – products used to cleanse and beautify the skin (what you can buy over-the-counter at Walgreen’s or Nordstrom).
- 3. Cosmeceuticals – cosmetics with “drug-like” effects. This third category is not formally recognized by the FDA, however. Many of these products require supervision under the guidance of a medically licensed practitioner, as they are much more potent (effective) than what you can buy over-the-counter. These are typically found in physician’s offices and some Medispas.
The Perfect Skin Essential Youth Maintenance Program
1. Sunscreen: If you do only one thing for your skin, it should be to protect it by using sunscreen daily.
Nia 24 UVA/UVB sunscreen or Nia 24 100% Mineral Sunscreen: not only protects your skin, but it contains pro-niacinamide, which strengthens the skin barrier, builds collagen, decreases inflammation, and lightens pigmentation. Why not use something that not only protects your skin but also reverses photo-damage? A perfect pick to combat retinoid(ol) irritation, as it directly counteracts these inflammatory side effects.
Colorescience Sunforgettable: a mineral powder sunscreen that works well for those who are active and perspiring (doesn’t run into eyes, as it’s not a lotion), or acne-prone (doesn’t clog pores). Comes with a slight tint, so it doesn’t look paste-y on your skin (also comes in a darker tint and a bronze pigment). This product has a retractable brush as part of the mechanism and is great to keep in your purse or golf bag for touch-ups.
Skin Medical Total Defense and Repair: a broad-spectrum sunscreen that also includes infra-red (heat) protection. Recent studies show that melasma and other abnormal pigment production can be triggered by, not only UVA and UVB rays, but also by visible sunlight and infra-red waves. This is your safest bet if you are pigment-prone.
Colorescience Even-up: This is the one I personally and exclusively use. Even-up is Colorescience’s latest, greatest answer to broad-spectrum sunscreen (including infra-red protection), mineral fusion (improves skin texture), color coverage (subtle), and gentle lighteners to give you the most flawless finish. This is the answer for those individuals who want a fresh, not overdone appearance, and for those over 50, where too much makeup starts to make us look a whole lot older than we are. At $120, it is not cheap, but once you try it, you’ll never go back.
2. Antioxidants: offer an added degree of sun-protection, repair DNA breakage that can lead to skin cancer, increase collagen production, and lighten skin discoloration caused by sun. Your skin color looks more even, and fine wrinkles are diminished. This product is also a “must” as preventative care for at-risk individuals.
IS Clinical Pro Heal Serum: a potent vitamin C formulation with olive leaf extract, best suited for dry skin types.
IS Clinical Super Serum: contains vitamin C and anti-aging pentapeptides, better for oily skin or for use during the summer months.
Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum: a potent blend of antioxidants packaged together with human-derived growth factor.
3. Growth Factors: cellular components that are in abundance in early youth and slowly diminish over time. These direct the cell to act “younger”, causing collagen production, resiliency, and better healing. Results are fewer wrinkles and more luminous skin. I prefer the human-derived variety, as these result in the ultimate balance of many distinct growth factors, emulating the balance we all had as infants. I liken this difference to that between human breast milk and formula (Enfamil or Similac): as much as companies try to reproduce the nutrients in mother’s milk, they can never quite replicate it. It’s the same with the human-derived vs. synthetic growth factors.
Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum: a two-in-one product, containing both pure human growth factors and a potent blend of antioxidants.
Skin Medica TNS Recovery Complex: a mix of pure human growth factors alone. Best for acne-prone skin or for those who prefer antioxidant separately instead of in a combined product.
4. Retinoids/ols: Increase collagen production, normalize skin keratinization (maturation) reduce abnormal pigment. Important component of an anti-aging and anti-skin cancer regimen.
Clinically proven to normalize skin and to reverse the signs of aging by building collagen. Retinoids are only available by prescription. Retinols cause less-irritation than and, over time, produce similar effects to more-potent retinoids.
Retinoids: Refissa Cream 0.05%. This formulation is more emollient, and thereby less-drying, than the typical Tretinoin(Retin-A ) used for acne-prone skin.
Retinols: Skin Medica Retinol Complex 0.5%, 1.0%. I’ve found these to be the most effective retinols on the market. Typically less-expensive (and less-irritating) than prescription Retinoids.
I could write for hours about efficacious skin products, and our office is knowledgeable and available to answer your questions and help you navigate. Call us, email us, tell us what you need! We always offer free shipping of our products