6 Best Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets
Fortunately, we have many options now—from minimal to more involved treatments. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of hype and false claims around skin care products and anti-aging treatments. There’s literally nothing more frustrating than when a product promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, yet a month later there’s little to no signs of improvement.
What to do at home
This one’s a no-brainer. Daily use prevents wrinkles and age spots in the first place. News flash: most of us aren’t using it correctly. You need to use a nickel-sized amount for your face and reapply every one to two hours to get nonstop protection. Make sure to use SPF 30 and above, broad spectrum. Don’t want to mess up your makeup? Use a mineral powder with SPF for touchups.
A vitamin A derivative that comes in cream or gel form. Retinoids work their magic by preventing collagen breakdown and stimulating skin cell turnover, giving you what Dr. Kim calls the "Retinoid Glow." They also prevent and treat acne (No one warned me that you could get both acne and wrinkles in adulthood. Whose idea was that?). Opt for the prescription form (often called tretinoin or Retin-A), as they are much more effective than over-the-counter forms.
To really reduce lines and improve the tone and texture of your skin, derms recommend getting a "medium depth peel" two to three times a year. The downside: You’ll look (and feel) like you have a really bad sunburn for three to five days, so be sure not to schedule this before any important events. It’s smart to get a chemical peel in the winter, since you have to avoid all sun exposure for a few days after treatment.
These treatments are newer and can be pretty expensive, but they do smooth the surface of the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. There are a variety of laser treatments, some which have a similar effect to peels, and others with greater intensity for older skin. Your dermatologist will be able to recommend which is better for your skin.
Botox injections are helpful for not simply treating wrinkles, but preventing them in the first place. Botox is best for between the eyebrows, around the eyes and forehead and will need repeat injections every three to six months to maintain its effect. Botox placement can truly change your appearance (ever seen the permanently "shocked" people?
6.Sleeping mask (nighttime only)
During the night our skin loses the most moisture, which is why Timm Goueleke recommends “Incorporating a hydrating mask once or twice a week.” More specifically, we’d suggest using a sleeping mask as they create a layer of protection, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate while you get your beauty sleep.
We hope you enjoyed reading and if there are any other skin concerns or issues you’d like us to ask the experts about in the comments below!