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 Skincare

  • 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

Should I spend my money on skincare products or procedures?

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.

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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: 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 @cliniccutis. Please note my normal job is a procedural dermatologist, namely I cut, lase, inject, & peel.

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