Nationally renowned dermatologist Dr. Doris Day deals with all kinds of complexion concerns, but says that the desire to look natural (not just line-free) tops her list of current client requests."We have come a very long way in facial rejuvenation, and patients more and more ask for a 'natural' appearance, not just having every line or wrinkle treated," she says.
She says people are also becoming more aware of the appearance of the neck, chest and hands -- all of which can age you. New products are very effective at treating these areas. For instance, she recommends VIVITÉ Vibrance Décolleté Therapy to even out the skin tone and smooth skin on the chest -- an area prone to sun damage.
The key to looking younger is to nip fine lines and other signs of aging in the bud, before they become full-blown complexion concerns. "The message is getting out that prevention is the best remedy whenever possible," Day says.
At the top of her prevention list is regular use of sunscreen, every day, all year 'round. She also stresses the importance of exfoliating on a regular basis, but advises never to over-scrub, which strips away the outer skin cell layer. She also touts the anti-aging power of retinols: "[These] can keep your skin healthy and youthful at any age." Day also lists getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, exercising and feeling fulfilled in your life as essential to looking your best.
If fine lines keep popping up despite all your best efforts, consider injectables. Day says people start to consider injectable treatments (Botox, Juvéderm) when they see some loss of volume around the eyes and mouth, usually in the late 30s to early 40s. This loss of volume -- fat, collagen and bone – can make the face look sunken and drawn over time. Day says properly placed fillers can offset this issue, leaving the face balanced, rejuvenated and looking very natural.
Injectable treatments -- aka fillers -- work by adding volume and stimulating new collagen formation, she explains. Strategically placed injections are made under the skin to restore and improve individual facial features. Most soft tissue fillers, such as Juvéderm XC, now come with the anesthetic built in, for minimal discomfort during the skin-smoothing treatment. Juvéderm is also the only hyaluronic acid dermal filler FDA approved to last up to one year from the initial treatment. She adds that treatment strategies have evolved dramatically over the years; when done by properly trained aesthetic physicians such as dermatologists or plastic surgeons, the results are both natural and long lasting.
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