Just because a new year is right around the corner doesn’t mean these tried-and-true anti-aging tactics need to be replaced. Stick with what works.
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Try an essence
Falling somewhere between a toner and a lightweight serum, essences are compatible with nearly every skin type. They act as a prep of sorts for your skin so that it can better receive the ingredients that come next in your skin-care regimen.
Age even better
Building upon your results allows for your face to age slowly so you look young and refreshed. Have the right procedures for your age, skin type and concerns at the right time will influence how you age going forward. Treatments done in tandem (a facelift and a laser or filler followed by an ultrasound-based lifting treatment) can amplify your outcome and even extend the life of your results.
Don’t overdose on anti-aging products
Overdoing it with your anti-aging products can cause irritation, inflammation and collagen and elastin breakdown. The same goes for in-office treatments. You’re better off using products as directed instead of doubling up.
Erase etched-in line and wrinkles with in-office treatments
Nonablative fractionated lasers work wonders for addressing signs of aging. You can always start with something light, like Clear + Brilliant, and work your way up to something more invasive as needed. Resurfacing the skin creates new collagen and makes the skin’s surface look better by evening out the tone and texture.
Rebuild collage with at-home tools and retinol
Collagen levels start to drop off around age 40—once it takes hold, you can see the effects in your skin. “The best ingredient for stimulating collagen is retinoic acid,” says Washington, D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD. At-home devices and low energy laser treatments may also stimulate healthy collagen.
Load up on creams and serums that nourish and strengthen skin
The more mature the skin is, the more depleted it becomes of nutrients and the effects of aging start to really become evident. Make sure you use good creams and serums with ingredients like peptides, which offer the added benefit of firming the skin while nourishing it.
Don’t neglect your neck
2015 was all about the neck, especially with the FDA approval of Kybella, the fat-fighting injectable. You can improve the skin on your neck—if it looks crepey and loose it’s a dead giveaway to your true age—with the right products and treatments. Neckbands can be smoothed out with Botox, Dysport or Xeomin; textural changes can be addressed with a laser.
Make the most of your sunscreen.
SPF is crucial but if you’re not using it appropriately you won’t get the intended effectiveness of the product. Sunscreen is supposed to be applied in a thick, heavy coating and it isn’t rubbed in that much. Make sure to reapply every two hours and up your SPF to 45 to get a little more protection.
Skip the sugar
Sugar isn’t just bad for your waistline, it also does a number on your skin. When too much sugar is consumer, it can lead to inflammation in the deeper layers of skin, eventually causing wrinkles, lines and sagging. Be smart about what you eat and check the labels—even if a product is marketed as organic or natural.
Follow the formula for spot-free skin
This foolproof formula gets you one step close to perfect skin. First, apply SPF 30 every day. Then, use over-the-counter brighteners to help even out freckles and spots. Vitamin C, kojic acid, arbutin or hydroquinone help, too. For serious spots, try laser resurfacing or peels.
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