Aesthetic procedures and avoiding sun exposure are not the only “must-do’s” for anti-aging. Washing the face, regular facials and the right products are vital to maintaining healthy, youthful skin over time.
My patients know I’m all about results! Though I believe in a good cleanser and moisturizer, I push more products that are active. What does that mean? Active ingredients are “actively” enhancing, changing, increasing and protecting the skin at the cellular level. Whether it’s protecting your skin from sun and environmental damage or protecting cell repair and increasing cell turnover at night, I am a fan of products that are DOING SOMETHING! I have included products on this page that are tried and true; some are new, but mostly they are my favorites and they WORK!
Revision Skincare has some wonderful chemists and product makers! They make one of the strongest Vitamin C’s on the market at 30% strength and in a lotion form. Topical Vitamin C is wonderful to use during the day to protect your skin against harmful rays, free radicals from pollution and environmental damage. Revision also makes one of the best-selling neck creams, Nectifirm. Nectifirm is a potent neck firming topical. When used daily, it smooths, improves texture, and firms crepiness & laxity of the neck skin. Last but not least, one of my favorite sunscreens is from this line, Intellishade. Intellishade is a Broad Spectrum SPF 45 that is a wonderful “all in one” product that packs a power punch of antioxidants, sunscreen, and moisturizers; it even has a very slight tint which helps even the tone of most skin types. For those patients who don’t want to use 5,000 products in the morning, I recommend Intellishade! (I also use this product daily myself!)
Alastin is a newer player in the industry and packs a power punch of growth factor, protein peptides and amino acids. These are 3 key ingredients for anti-aging. They have coined this combo as their “TriHex Technology” system and I am sold! I want all of my patients to be on a growth factor as I feel it is essential in anti-aging. Alastin Skincare makes a product that I consider a “Wow Factor” known as Restorative Skin Complex. I put a lot of patients on this product and results are usually seen within a week! Use Restorative Skin Complex in combination with your Vitamin C and sunscreen and you will be ahead of the game with your skincare regimen.
As new skincare lines come out joining the shelves with countless other products, it can be difficult to know which ones are best for us and which ones to choose. SkinBetter is a newer line, but don’t be deceived, Skinbetter has innovative products that contain combinations of strong active ingredients, creating real results for healthier skin. This is seen in two of my personal favorites, AlphaRet Overnight Cream and Alto Defense Serum. AlphaRet Overnight uses the Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, two active exfoliants, along with moisturizers so minimal irritation is experienced. Alto Defense Serum is one of the most antioxidant packed products on the market right now; helping protect our skin against free radicals, improving skin tone, reducing redness and ensuring healthy skin for years to come.
Obagi is a tried and true product line that has been a gold standard in the skincare industry for pigmentation. Dr. Obagi patented a propriety formula that is still one of the best in the industry for hyperpigmentation from melasma, sun, trauma and genetics. I am a huge fan of the Obagi-C Rx line, which has L-Ascorbic Acid (aka Vitamin C) throughout their products. The Obagi NuDerm System is it’s toughest pigment fighting line, utilizing prescription strength Tretinoin and Hydroquinone for patients with stronger cases. For patients needing a brightening system, some exfoliation, or who wish to beat stubborn pigmentation, I will typically include 1 or more Obagi products in their regimen!
Broad Spectrum sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB rays. EltaMD has succesfully developed a broad spectrum sunscreen line that uses Zinc Oxide, a natural mineral compound that maintains its protective ability in the sun. UVA and UVB rays reflect and scatter away from your skin, providing a strong shield against sunburn. Not only does EltaMD provide superior sun protection, but does so in a lightweight, nonclogging formulation. I love that their products can be tailored to a variety of skin types as well including acneic and oily, to dry, sensitive and post procedural. Zinc is safe for even the most sensitive skin types and EltaMD products are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.
LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%
One of my favorite eyelash growing products. Latisse was developed by Allergan after their discovery that a glaucoma medication was causing increased lash growth! They isolated the ingredient causing the growth and received FDA approval in 2008 for Latisse. Latisse comes with disposable brushes to apply the product directly along the upper lash base. Lashes grow gradually over time with visibly longer lashes in as soon as three weeks and full growth at 16 weeks.