Friday, January 23, 2009

DERMAdoctor: Fight Back Against Premature Aging

One of the benefits of perusing the DERMAdoctor website is the fantastic articles on skincare one can find. Renowned dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin, the DERMAdoctor, knows that information powers every good health care decision. Today's innovations make it possible to rejuvenate the face and pamper the body into graceful aging and good health without surgery. The secret is to find a resource you can trust. For sheer information, it's tough to beat DERMAdoctor's feature articles and newsletters, where Dr. Kunin shares the most current developments in skin care technology and research. This is what separates from other retailers on the web.

You've heard people talk about "aging gracefully." However, "aging gracefully" doesn't mean you have to look your age. You can fight back against premature aging with the right products and skin care routine. Read on for DERMAdoctor's strategies on how to correct and prevent some signs of aging.

Wrangle Those Wrinkles

One of the keys to younger looking skin is reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So, it's important to enlist some quality anti-wrinkle fighters to defend your healthy skin.

The most effective wrinkle-fighting products are those that contain active ingredients. Some products, are enhanced with active ingredients that include glycolic acid and a unique blend of antioxidants that promotes the formation of new skin cells for a younger appearance.

Take Active Action

Active ingredients are the keys to successfully correcting and preventing skin aging.
Fortunately, several of the latest skin care products feature active ingredients to help keep your skin looking young and beautiful. The purpose of some of these ingredients is to help keep your skin moist. With age, the skin loses its natural moisture. If you can maintain that moisture, you'll find you have younger-looking skin.
When you shop for anti-aging skin care products, look for some of these ingredients:

  • Linoleic acid: A fatty acid that can help keep skin moist.
  • Ceramide-2: An ingredient that protects the epidermis from the drying effects of the environment.
  • Urea: Yes, it is what you think. But don't be grossed out. The urea used in skin products is a synthetic urea, also called carbamide. It is an important non-toxic humectant that really does promote younger-looking skin. Products containing synthetic urea have been recommended for the treatment of scar tissue and the prevention of infections, too. And there's no stink factor: Synthetic urea doesn't smell like the real thing. And even if it did, quality skin products also include antioxidants and botanicals that (among other functions) provide a pleasing fragrance.

Peptide Power

Why are peptides so helpful for anti-aging skin care? Peptides are active molecules and they can fight wrinkles on two fronts, including:

  • New collagen production.
  • Deep-layer skin penetration.

Although the power of peptides has not been studied extensively, early research suggests that peptides may help correct signs of aging and also prevent future skin aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and large pores.

Amazing AHAs

Many effective anti-aging products include alpha-hydroxy acids (also called AHAs). Glycolic acid in particular has also shown effectiveness against irregular pigmentation and age spots.
In a study published in June 2008 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, a cream containing glycolic acid, retinol and lactose applied twice daily for 12 weeks significantly reduced signs of skin photoaging compared with a placebo cream in a group of 40 women who volunteered to use the test cream or placebo.

Antioxidants Attack Aging

Antioxidants are another category of important ingredients in anti-aging skin products. Check your product labels to be sure that you're getting skin-boosting benefits from antioxidants such as:

  • Vitamins C and E
  • Botanicals including white tea and pomegranate

Step By Step

A great first step in an anti-aging skin care routine is a cleanser with active ingredients, such as peptides or AHAs.

See No Wrinkles, See No Evil

In addition to regular cleansing with an anti-aging cleanser, you can promote younger-looking skin by paying special attention to problem areas that tend to develop wrinkles, namely the eye area.

Here Comes the Sun (Protection)

No discourse on fighting skin aging would be complete without a nod to the importance of sun protection. Be advised that not all sunscreens are created equally. To maximize the anti-aging qualities of your sunscreen, look for a product that contains active ingredients.

Get in the Rhythm

The best way to promote younger skin is to follow a complete anti-aging skin care routine that includes a skin cleanser, face cream, eye balm, and sun protection. Look for products with active ingredients that will promote the removal of dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Make your skin care routine a daily ritual that is as habitual as brushing your teeth and your skin will thank you with a youthful glow and healthy appearance. No matter what the age of the skin you're in, we can help you make it better.

~ Heidi Splete
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

For the complete article as well as the DERMAdoctor's product recommendations to achieve the youthful, healthy skin discussed in this article, please visit DERMAdoctor online. Click the link to be brought directly to this article.

1 comment:

  1. Dermadoctor is best name for skincare products... I like to use their products...


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