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Top 4 Anti-Aging Tips from Dermatologists

Grow old gracefully with these top 4 anti-aging tips, including: focusing on what you put in your body, avoiding sun exposure, using a retinoid, and considering products that rehydrate and replenish your skin.

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Focus on What you Put in Your Body
You might expect a dermatologist to emphasize only skin-care products and techniques, but Madfes says that younger skin starts with the nutrients that reach it from inside the body. The skin is the body’s largest organ, after all. So diet directly affects how you visibly age.

How to do this:

Take a vitamin D supplement. Madfes recommends 1,000 IUs per day.
Eat plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Ideally they should come from natural sources, including olive oil, ground flaxseed, and fish such as salmon. Fish-oil supplements are another source of these important fats, which help protect the moisture barrier. This is the protective top layer of skin that keeps moisture in but tends to thin as you age, causing dry skin.
Drink water — in all its forms — all day long. A liter a day is a good minimum start, Madfes says. Different body types, such as athletes, need more. Count green tea and coffee in your daily total, but go easy on the alcohol. Red wine does contain beneficial antioxidants, but it can also dilate blood vessels, contributing to the ruddy-faced skin inflammation called rosacea that tends to strike women in midlife.
Cut way back on processed foods and sugars (another reason to watch the wine intake). They promote inflammation, a biochemical process that damages the normal production of dermal cells. Source: Caring

Avoid Sun Exposure
Getting rid of sun damage and discoloration is important to Katie Rodan, co-founder of Proactiv and Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. “I do all of the lasers, but topicals do a much better job of evening out the skin tone and they’re less expensive,” she says. She recommends exfoliation and applying topicals containing hydroquinone all over your whole face, “don’t spot treat,” she says.  Source: TotalBeauty

Use a Retinoid
From morning to night, many women continually apply beauty products to their face as a way of maintaining appearance. For anti-aging, there’s no more powerful product than a retinoid.

Derived from vitamin A, retinoids are still science’s best topical answer to wrinkles. The small but nutrient-rich molecules penetrate skin deep into the collagen and elastin layers. This intense penetration allows retinoids to combat many signs of aging, including skin tone, uneven pigmentation, moisture loss, wrinkles, and fine lines.

These anti-aging molecules come in two varieties, retinoids and retinol. Retinoids are stronger, available from a dermatologist with a prescription. The less intense retinol is available in drugstore creams and lotions. Source: HiveHealthMedia

Consider Products that Rehydrate and Replenish your Skin
To rehydrate the skin and replenish those spaces between the cells, you need a combination of lipids, says Hale. Nourishing your skin via dietary sources such as salmon and other fatty fish is important, but you really need products with moisturizing ingredients like ceramides, shea butter, and fatty-acid-rich botanical oils, plus potent humectants like hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.

“[In your 50s] Follow your instinct to upgrade to richer products,” says New York dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, “and consider layering multiple hydrators,” from lightest to heaviest.

“The newest products contain ingredients that treat existing spots while also halting tyrosinase, an enzyme that controls melanin production,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’kita Wilson. She suggests products with vitamin C for brightening, arbutin and peptides to inhibit tyrosinase, and proxy acid to break up existing melanin.  Source: HarpersBazaar


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