Ask the Skincare Expert: Which Products are Best to Prevent the Signs of Aging

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Dr. Stanislaw recommends the use of topical vitamin A, C and E, and the use of a SPF with active ingredients 8% or higher.

Vitamin A: Activates and upregulates dermal and epidermal cellular activity, and further optimizes the activities of fibroblasts to increase the production of new healthier skin through: collagen (firmness), elastin (tightness), and glycosaminoglycans (hydration). It also reverses uneven texture and tones the skin. Vitamin A upregulates angioblast function, which improves circulation with associated increased oxygen and nutrient delivery.

Vitamin C/E: Antioxidants help defend against environmental triggers that can initiate new pigment formation. It works by exfoliating the skin’s surface pigmentation for a more even tone and brighter complexion while minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Natural occurring lipids hydrate and support skin barrier restoration to provide protection.

SPF: Protecting your skin from the sun is a key factor in helping yourself from aging extrinsically (from the environment). SPF translates to sun protection factor and can be very misleading and confusing. Sunscreens have been formulated to be used effectively and comfortably on the face for all skin types.

The SPF number tells you how long you can typically stay in the sun before your skin will burn; for example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Also, look for active ingredients 8% or higher to properly protect the skin from damaging rays. Use the guide below to see if your ingredients are giving you the broadest spectrum of coverage.

Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or sooner if you swim or exercise because water, sweat, and clothing can remove it from the skin. Don’t skimp! You should use at least an ounce with every application. So during a full day at the beach you’d go through half of an eight-ounce bottle.

 

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