Anti Aging Skin Care

Anti Aging Skin Care At A Glance

  • Best Results4- 6 months
  • Treatment RecoveryNot Applicable
  • Procedure Time2 minutes a day
  • Skin SpecialistNurse, dermal therapist
  • Duration of ResultsA long time
  • AnaestheticNil
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$

Anti Aging Skin Care

Following a basic, scientifically proven & cost effective anti-aging skin care routine will give you the best results. Start your journey with a high factor sunscreen, add antioxidants, followed by skin vitamins A, B & C. Get these fundamentals right, and you will have a solid foundation for skin care for life.

FactsFacts on Anti Aging Skin Care

  • Sunscreen is the absolute foundation of any skincare routine
  • Spend time finding a sunscreen that agrees with your skin
  • Develop a good consistent habit of application
  • Add antioxidants to protect your skin from UV & environmental pollutants
  • Build up your routine with retinols, niacinamide & skin care vitamins
  • Supplement this with alpha hydroxy acids & hyaluronic acids
  • Augment your skin care with intermittent clinical peels or small laser treatments
  • Biostimulatory injectables provide far superior results as compared to skin care

Should I spend my money on skincare products or procedures?

Anti Aging Skin Care

Both are not mutually exclusive. If you have significant skin concerns to correct, generally skin directed procedures such as lasers, peels & energy devices will give better results compared to products.

Skin care products are best employed to prevent, however they can correct inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, & skin pigmentation. 

All patients who undertake procedures such as peels & lasers should be on a specific skin care routine. This includes antioxidants, & vitamins A, B, C, E. This can prolong the outcome from skin procedures.

Retinoids are one of the most widely prescribed drugs for treating skin conditions. Uses include acne & anti aging all the way to genetic disorders of cell turnover
🔬Skin science: Retinoids exert their power through interactions with retinoid receptors known as RAR or retinoic acid receptors. In the skin, gamma is the most prevalent, hence why I have changed my prescription habits & favor a fourth generation retinoid called trifarotene (gamma specific retinoid)
👍🏻Tips: start with an OTC formulation. Retinol 0.5-1% is a good starting point. From there understand your skin’s threshold & know how to modulate & optimise topicals 💯
📖My practice: I prescribe topical retinoids to a small minority of patients (in the context of anti-aging), usually post laser or deep chemical peels. Your dermatologist may have a different algorithm. Prescription retinoids are tricker to use cf OTC, but with a sensible approach, most people will work it out. More on how to use in next week's post
😎Davin Lim
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Retinoids are widely used in dermatology
🔬Skin science: Retinoids can treat #acne, oily skin, enlarged pores, congestion, & #blackheads. They play an important role in antiaging. Dermatologists also employ retinoids to treat cancers, as well as psoriasis & a myriad of other conditions
👍🏻Tip: start off with a good formulation of retinol before moving on a prescription retinoid. If you have not used retinol before, start off at 0.5% every second night, increase as tolerated. Once your skin can tolerate 0.5% (usually within 4-12 weeks), move on 1.0%.
The majority of people using prescription retinoids such as tretinoin, #adapalene & #tazarotene will have mild symptoms such as stinging, & flaking, as well as signs such as scaling, flaking & redness. Know your threshold. Most will build up tolerance over a period of 4 to 10 weeks
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Retinoids are one of the most prescribed molecules in dermatology
🔬Skin Science: Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A. They are useful in the management of a myriad of skin conditions ranging from #acne, oily skin, photodamage, pigmentation, #rosacea, disorders of keratinisation, #psoriasis, hair disorders, benign tumors, #skincancer & even skin lymphomas. No fluffy #retinols in medical dermatology
👌🏻Cosmetics & retinoids: OTC retinoids / retinol derivatives still from the foundation of skincare actives. My most commonly prescribed formulation is actually retinoic acid, in a cosmetic base, with a concentration of 1-5%. This retinoic acid peel is classed as a superficial chemical peel. It is an in office peel
🔫🪡Transepidermal Delivery: Can be enhanced by simple lasers such as CO2, erbium, thulium or basic microneedling. This enhances penetration of retinoic acid (5% to the base of the epidermis)The result? The mother of all peels… for 14 to 25 days. Not for the faint hearted. To understand what peel is best suited for skin type & concerns, book an appointment with my clinical team @cliniccutis💯
😎Davin Lim
Brisbane, 🇦🇺
Disclaimer: I only perform scary medium to deep peels, namely high strength #TCA, Jessner TCA, phenol - phenol croton oil peels. For superficial peels, book in with my nurses
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Why is sunscreen important?

UV radiation is by far the biggest contributor for extrinsic aging (smoking comes in a distant second).

Sunscreens protect your skin against UVB (burning, skin cancer) as well as UVA rays (collagen breaking, skin cancer). Dermatologists recommend a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ formulation. The most important factor in choosing sunscreen (at least in Australia, where regulations are in place), is finding one that suits your requirements.

A light daily formulation should be applied (ideally) twice a day. This is especially important for patients with skin pigmentation problems including melasma. A heavy occlusive formulation should be considered if you are active, especially if you participate in outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, & running. If it sticks to your skin, it’s good.

I understand it is a compromise between sun procession, convenience (SPF in makeup is very convenient), finding something that does not clog your pores, & within a budget. Read more to find out what I recommend.

What are some great sunscreens?

Choosing a formulation that you actually like to use is THE most important aspect of sunscreen selection. There is no point getting an SPF 150 if you are only going to use it a few times a week. You are infinitely better off using a SPF 30 on a regular basis. Here are my tips for sunscreens-

High end: Melan 130 (the 130 is the actual SPF tested. In Australia this is labelled as 50+ for our regulations).

Affordable end: La Roche Posay Anthelios range, Invisible Zinc

Cheap but good: Neutrogena & Sunsense

Concentrate on the correct application, namely 2.5 to 3 mls for head, neck & chest, twice a day, regardless of sun exposure.

What are antioxidants & what should I look for?

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is one of the most powerful antioxidants. This is why most dermatologists will advocate its use in the AM, under SPF. Formulation range 10-20%, go on the lower end if you have sensitive skin. The activity depends on the formulation pH. You should aim for a pH range of 2.5 to 3.5 for maximal penetration into the deeper epidermis.

Vitamin E or alpha tocopherol is a fat-soluble vitamin & often incorporated with ferulic acid & ascorbic acid. It has a low irritation potential.

Vitamin B can also have antioxidant effects, however not as powerful as vitamin C, E or ferulic. Good choice for sensitive skin.

Ferulic Acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in cereals like oats. It stabilizes vitamin C & E, and hence has synergistic effects with these skin vitamins. The best formulations will have CE & Ferulic mixed in.

CoEnzyme Q 10 is a benign, cost effective antioxidant. Can be found in food and or topical formulations.

Resveratrol is the reason why limited amounts of red wine & chocolate can be good for you. This is a trending antioxidant that acts in your body (ingestion) & on the skin, topically.

Green tea, isoflavones, soy, ginseng, & botanical berries: are all excellent naturally occurring antioxidants found in organic skin care products.

Davin’s Viewpoint on Anti Aging Skin Care

Given the arena of social media, where anyone can be an ‘expert’ it is extremely difficult to navigate through the minefield of what actually works.

It is never too late to start a sensible and cost effective skincare routine. Start off with sunscreen. It all comes down to habit. As kids we are taught to brush our teeth, at least twice a day, though dentists say after every meal. We do this without much thought, as it is ingrained in our daily routine. The same goes for sunscreen, apply diligently regardless of sun exposure. This way you will remain protected through the day. If you are uncertain about what brand to get, canvas the sunscreen aisle of your local pharmacy, try before you buy. If you like the feel, you are more than likely going to use it.

From there get a good antioxidant as this can be used under your sunscreen. Vitamin C, E, Ferulic Acid, Resveratrol & botanicals are the most popular.

If you have normal skin, start with a good formulation of vitamin A, then go to B then C, if you have sensitive skin, start off with B and finish off with C. Augment your skincare routine with intermittent clinical strength chemical peels or small laser procedures.

For more on what to use & how to use, consult my team at The Formulated. 

For Sydney patients, book an appointment with our dermal therapist, Louise at Dr Van Park’s clinic. 

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