Antiaging Skin-Care Tips from the Skin Care Resource Center
Daily Glow sat down with Sue Dolan, from the Skin Care Resource Center, to pick her brain about the best antiaging tips and tricks.
Daily Glow: What are some options to reduce facial lines for women who prefer to avoid office treatments or surgery?
Skin Care Resource Center: There are a wide range of very effective antiaging treatments readily available that work to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Using creams, lotions and/or serums that include the recommended percentage of clinically proven active antiaging ingredients is an excellent start.
Do-it-yourself facials and home spa treatments on a weekly basis will also produce results in diminishing lines, wrinkles, and age spots over time. A few effective options for DIY facial treatments include facial steaming, home microdermabrasion, facial masks, skin peels, and home laser treatments.
DG: What office treatments can offer subtle positive changes as opposed to dramatic results — for those of us who don’t want to look like Joan Rivers one day?
SCRC: Who would ever want to look like Joan Rivers? She certainly exhibits the classic symptoms of addiction to cosmetic surgery.
The office cosmetic procedures that offer excellent rejuvenating results for more subtle changes are the less- invasive laser treatments, such as IPL (intense pulse light therapy), skin peels that utilize a stronger concentration of fruit enzymes than over-the-counter products, microdermabrasion, collagen injections, and Botox.
However, a word of caution: Injectable rejuvenation treatments can easily be overdone, leaving you looking like Daffy Duck instead of Angelina Jolie, or with a forehead so full of Botox that your eyebrows are raised in a perpetual state of wide-eyed amazement, severely compromising any expressive ability.
DG: What should women in their 20s and 30s be doing now to protect their skin for the future?
SCRC: Sunscreen! Lots of frequent applications of a good quality sun-screening product that includes both UVA and UVB protection throughout each and every day. It goes without saying that although eliminating over-exposure to the sun is preferable, any sort of protection—whether it be a hat, sunscreen, or umbrella—is essential to protecting the skin against sun damage in order to preserve younger, healthier skin in the future.
DG: What steps can women in their 40s and 50s start taking now to prevent major aging problems down the line?
SCRC: Beginning a daily comprehensive antiaging skin-care regimen that includes a range of active rejuvenation treatments that target fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin (along with sunscreen, of course) is key to treating and preventing the signs of aging. A few of the most beneficial ingredients to look for on product labels are vitamin A (retinol), glycolic acid, DMAE, Matrixyl, vitamin C, peptides, and vitamin K.
DG: What is one simple thing women can add to their beauty regimen that will give great benefits?
SCRC: Consistency! Most women expect immediate results when in actuality it takes weeks and even months to see visible results.
That being said, avoiding overexposure to the sun and using a sunscreen every day along with quality skin- care treatments that have a significant percentage of an active antioxidant will result in younger, healthier-looking skin in the long term.
DG: What can be done to treat eye problems that cause women to appear older, such as puffiness or dark circles?
SCRC: Dark circles and puffy under-eye bags take patience to treat effectively. One of the more effective treatments is a super vitamin K cream that works to reduce the appearance of bruising under the eye. Other active ingredients that work to reduce that under-eye-bag-lady look are Eyeliss, Haloxyl, stem cells from plants, and the flowering plant Arnica montana.
A few simple but effective treatment to reduce under-eye puffiness is ice. Apply frozen green-tea bags or just an ice cube to the under-eye area for 5 to 10 minutes every morning. Then, right after your shower, when the skin is warm and moist, apply a super vitamin K cream or serum. Lightly tap the under-eye area repeatedly to help disburse the fluid that has collected during the night.
DG: Do you see a benefit to using to all-natural or organic products?
SCRC: Without a doubt, natural products play a vital role in providing the skin with the nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance. Making your own antiaging skin care treatments is an incredibly quick, easy, and inexpensive way to harness the essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential skin-rejuvenating properties of organic ingredients at the peak of their potency.
What could be easier than brewing up a simple mixture of green-tea leaves with a squeeze of fresh orange juice and a teaspoon of coconut oil? You’ll create an antiaging feast that infuses aging skin with the essential nutrition it needs to promote skin-cell turnover, neutralizes free radicals that work to destroy the cellular activity that keeps the skin healthy, and promotes rejuvenation all at the same time.
There are literally hundreds of common natural ingredients right in anyone’s kitchen pantry with powerful antiaging attributes that promote skin health, diminish wrinkles and, age spots, reduce pore size, and firm sagging skin, along with other symptoms of aging skin.