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– Facial aging involves more than just the skin. Your muscles get lazy, skin begins to sag, soft tissue breaks down, and fat deposits accumulate. Anti-aging topical work well on fine lines, pigment and texture, but may fall short when it comes to deep creases and a slackening jawline. You have to be realistic – if you are expecting any cream to put an end to your double chin or hanging eyelids, you are destined to be sadly disappointed.
Choosing skincare products that suit your skin and your budget can be a daunting task with several thousand new products arriving every year to already crowded shelves and websites. While everyone wants to know what the best is for them, there is no ‘best’ product or regimen since every individual’s skin is different, the results of using any product will vary. An effective skin care regimen may include a combination of products containing retinol, pentapeptides and antioxidants, and most of us need to use a carefully selected group of products that address their skin type and top concerns most effectively – such as redness, enlarged pores, lines, wrinkles, discoloration, age spots, clogged pores and blemishes.
Cosmeceuticals can be considered either preventative or reparative. For example, sunscreen is preventative, whereas peptides are reparative. Antioxidants are considered the most preventative type of skincare agents other than sunblocks. Prevention is usually easier and less painful than the cure, but it is a difficult message to deliver. While preventative products won’t necessarily provide visible results, they can offer cumulative benefits that you may not seen until years later.
“Sunscreens that prevent photoaging and skin cancer should be the cornerstone of any skin care regimen. When it comes to sun protection, more is more and most people do not use enough, says New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc (www.lorenc.com)
Retinol is another longstanding skincare ingredient with anti-aging benefits. Retinol is converted to retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin-A) in the skin. Although its clinical effects are not as dramatic as prescription strength retinoic acid such as Tazarotene® and Renova®, retinol has been effectively incorporated into many products with age reversing and acne clearing benefits. The increased skin exfoliation of vitamin A also helps unclog pores. Retinol was pioneered and stabilized by RoC® in 1995. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum
is one of the most potent formulas available without a prescription. According to Bonnie Marting, Director of Aesthetics at Anushka Cosmedical Centre (www.anushkaspa.com)
, “Our clients love iS Clinical Poly-Vitamin Serum
which contains a complex of retinol an antioxidants bilberry, green tea, and vitamin E. The results on sun damaged skin with continued use are impressive, and we often recommend it after peels, microdermabrasion and intense pulsed light treatments with Palomar Starlux®
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Peptides are fragments or pieces of proteins, which have a variety of effects on cellular function. Certain peptides stimulate skin metabolism and repair, others inhibit the breakdown of collagen, while other varieties decrease muscle movement, thus improving dynamic wrinkles. Common peptides found in topical skin care products are acetyl hexapeptide-3 or Argireline ®, and palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, also called Matrixyl®. If you are motivated to get your daily dose of age reversing peptides, Olay Regenerist®
is an innovative range that won’t break the bank. Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Serum
has the skin smoothing effects of premium priced brands as well as a silky, luxurious texture at a fraction of the cost so you can use it twice a day for maximum effect. Another good choice is Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment
contains a neuropeptide called SNAP-8, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions and can be used with or without wrinkle relaxing injections such as BOTOX® Cosmetic
. Although peptide creams do not penetrate deeply enough to actually target facial muscles, they work on the skin to reduce lines and wrinkles and can have substantial anti-aging results.
The key to any good skin care regimen is product selection and consistency. You do not need to use a lot of products; but rather carefully choose products that have clinical data to support claims and quality ingredients in sufficient amounts to make a real difference in your skin.
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