Complete Anti-Aging Skin Guide

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With an increase in scientific breakthroughs and more being understood about the physiology of skin every day, skincare experts are coming closer than ever to learning how to slow down—and even, reverse—the aging process. Here is a nutritional guide to healthy and beautiful skin that should be part of everyone’s daily skincare regimen.

FUNDAMENTAL INGREDIENTS – MUST HAVE

Sunscreen

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: sunscreen is the most effective weapon in protecting your skin and should be used daily. Sunscreen agents scatter, reflect, block, or absorb UV radiation before it causes skin damage. However, no sunscreen is 100% effective— minimizing risks associated with environmental offenses, such as IR radiation, ozone, air pollution and cigarette smoke is also important.

Antioxidants

A number of powerful antioxidants, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Green Tea and Resveratrol, have proven effective in combating age-inducing free radicals before they can do damage to skin cells.

Like sunscreen, antioxidants are not a 100% sure thing, as some free radicals can form toxic cross-links that prevent DNA from replicating normally. Fortunately, DNA repair enzymes—natural “repair mechanisms” in skin that maintain DNA in its healthy, unaltered state—can assist in undoing the damage. They’re a cell’s final defense and are critical to achieving healthy skin.

TRANSFORMING INGREDIENTS – NEED TO HAVE

Retinoids 

Retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A that improve cell turnover and enhance optimal cell metabolism. That’s important in helping minimize the appearance of fine lines, improving skin thickness and elasticity, lightening brown spots, and improving collagen retention. Quite simply, retinoids are one of the key ingredients that truly work as an age-reversing agent at the cellular level.

Alpha Hydroxyl Acids

Also known as AHA, these powerful acids are essential to increasing cell turnover and boosting the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture. The exfoliating effects of AHA include smoother skin and a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by exfoliating the top layer of your skin. This improves cell turnover and increases water retention, plumping the skin from inside out. The result is a radiant, more youthful glow.

OPTIMIZING INGREDIENTS – NICE TO HAVE

Skincare products containing peptides and growth factors are great addition to your skin care “diet”. Peptides help your body’s cells communicate with one another to ensure maximum production of essential proteins, which are imperative to skin regeneration. Especially important for healing skin wounds (so long, scars!)

Growth factors are usually proteins or steroid hormones that act as cell-signaling agents, inducing cellular metabolic activity. There are many different types of growth factors, each specific to different types of cells: skin, nerve, fibroblasts, vessel, etc. Adding these growth factors to skincare products can significantly improve its ability to fight the signs of aging.

DR. RABKIN’S TOP TRENDS FOR 2015

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Happy New Year! Whether or not you believe in making resolutions, it’s always the right time to think about taking better care of your skin and overall appearance. So, we’re dragging out our crystal ball to tell you the Top 10 cosmetic and skincare trends that we think are going to make for a beautiful 2015 (and beyond).

TOP TRENDS FOR 2015…

  1. Easy Does It: Gentle, minimally invasive procedures that give you a natural, more healthy appearance.
  2. Fill ‘Er Up: Minimally invasive procedures like dermal fillers like Botox, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) will continue to grow in popularity over traditional surgical procedures, thanks to their ability to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles with practically zero downtime and pain-free techniques.
  3. Oh, Man: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 1 million guys had a cosmetic procedure in 2013, and 2015 will see even more men booking appointments, in order to look good and stay competitive in the job market.
  4. Age-Appropriate: The age range of those seeking cosmetic procedures will continue to expand, as younger patients get more proactive in warding off the signs of aging and more mature patients stay in the workforce longer and seek a more youthful appearance.
  5. Fat Attack: The use of autologous fat grafting will continue to expand, as better harvesting and preservation techniques become more widely available.
  6. Frequent Fliers: Despite the risks, plastic surgery destinations and vacations (especially to South America and the Caribbean) will, unfortunately, continue to increase.
  7. Equal Opportunity: In the U.S., ethnic minorities will continue to show a strong increase in cosmetic procedures.
  8. Pump up the Volume: Facial contouring and longer lasting fillers gain preference.
  9. Make Waves: Non-invasive skin-tightening procedures such as radio frequency and ultrasound will gain popularity.
  10. Lose Inches Instantly: Non-invasive fat and circumference-reducing procedures will continue to improve, offering a safer alternative to traditional liposuction.

…AND BEYOND!

  1. Beam Me Up: Safer and more affordable laser procedures and CIT treatments will become more mainstream to rejuvenate and resurface aging skin and diminish the appearance of scars.
  1. By a String: The use of threads to lift sagging skin on the face and neck will become the new standard for non-invasive facelifts in select patients.
  1. Close to Home: More effective home-use skincare products and devices will allow people to take anti-aging treatments into their own hands.