Lines – Wrinkles – Pigment Spots
What signs of time are showing up in your mirror? Don’t panic. Help is here.
80% of aging on the skin is due to Sun Exposure – outdoor sports or work; deliberate tanning – sunbathing or tanning booths; casual exposure in car, dining, parties, office window, etc.
Smoking Stress Environment – heaters/air conditioners Squinting Genetic
Over Use of aggressive Products – acne products, exfoliators, medicines
Skin Conditions – acne, eczema, psoriasis
The Eyes go first Hands Neck Chest
The Fight – Prevention/ Maintenance/ Correction
We have talked about Prime 4+ which are the basics to caring for skin as you see changes. This article covers more of the products and ingredients that are possibilities in the PLUS side of Prime 4+.
Products – Over-the-counter 1st
Start infusing your skin with anti-aging ingredients in your daily products and/or your supplemental products (serums, masks, exfoliants). These work to prevent and repair damage.
Note: Some ingredients can get aggressive on the skin so watch for irritation especially in the beginning of use. Alter usage to allow skin to adjust. Consult your doctor if you have rosacea, eczema or psoriasis.
Natural Anti-aging Ingredients: antioxidants – green tea, vitamin C/ E, yeast extract, minerals – magnesium, marine/seaweed extracts (hydration), licorice root extract (lightening), berry/ fruit extracts (resveratrol) – cell turnover
Naturally-derived Ingredients – hyaluronic acid (moisturizing), AHAs – milder forms of acids including retinol(cell turnover), peptides – copper (antioxidant), ceramides/ nanospheres/time release delivery systems, growth factors- kinetin/TNS (cell turnover), DMAE (firmness), enzymes (antiinfammation, exfoliation) including Coenzyme Q10, azelaic acid/ kojic acid (pigmentation)
Medical Ingredients for at-home use: Dark spots – Hydraquinone 2%/ mandelic acid, Acne – benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, Lines/ wrinkles – stronger retinols and exfoliants (glycolic acid with lower pH levels)
Treatments – At-Home
Masks/ Serums – hydration, exfoliation (both chemical and/or manual), antioxidant
Devices – microdermabrasion, light therapy (spots), high frequency/ ultrasonic (firming) / Micro needling
Procedures – massage techniques
If you have done your best with store-bought options, here’s what the doctor might offer after a thorough consult:
Tretinoin or retinoic acid (Retin A/ Renova/ Refissa) – lines, wrinkles, small spots
Tazarotene/ Adapalene/ oral antibiotics/ Accutane – severe acne
Hydraquinone 4% – hyperpigmentation
Medical Procedures –
Exfoliation – Microdermabrasion/ aggressive peels – Esthetician/Nurse/ Physician
Freeze – Botox, Dysport, Xeomin – PhysicianPeels Medium depth – 1 week down time – Physician/ Nurse
Fillers – Restylane/ Juvederm/ Sculptra/ Radiesse – Physician
Light based non ablative Lasers for Pigmentation, firming, capillaries (redness), resurfacing – Laser Nurse
Lifts – partial face, full face, neck