ask the experts
Q: I am 50 and have my daughter’s wedding in six months. I want to look refreshed without looking “done.” What would you suggest?
A: First off, congratulations! Generally, for a 50-year-old, we would address both volume and skin texture. You could start with facial fillers and toxins (Botox or Dysport) to address lines and wrinkles. Sculptra could be a great product for you. The results are gradual, and the six-month window would give you time to see changes. For pigmentation and skin-texture issues, I would have you consult with our medical aesthetician, Stacey, for her recommendations for peels and laser treatments.
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DIY Skin Care
While we can’t stop the aging process, there are a few important healthy skin maintenance habits that can help slow it down.
1. Use sunscreen. We recommend sun protection through the use of protective hats and clothing, as well as the regular use of quality sunscreen (greater than SPF 30, with reapplication). Two specific skin-care lines that we suggest are PCA Skin and EltaMD, both of which carry the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.
2. Stop smoking. Exposure to cigarette smoke ages the skin faster. The good news is that the damage can be slowed. Because the skin is an organ with rapid turnover, there is dramatic potential for recovery after quitting.
3. Hydrate. Sufficient hydration is important for overall health, but it is especially important to the skin. We recommend drinking at least eight glasses (64 ounces) of water daily depending on your body weight and other factors.
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Q: I’m constantly purchasing new beauty products in the marketplace. How do I know when it’s time to get rid of a product that I already own?
A: Like many people, I too am guilty of holding onto products that I don’t really care for. It’s a great feeling to declutter, organize and either gift, donate or toss what you don’t use. And, just like food, cosmetics have a shelf life and can be dangerous to your complexion. If you don’t see an expiration date, check the ingredient list for possible parabens (chemical preservatives); in that case, don’t deliberate, just toss it! Moisturizers and foundations can maintain their quality for about three months if you use a spatula to take the product out of its container. If you use your finger, it won’t last as long since there is often a transference of bacteria. Your eyeliner and lipstick may last you up to a year while face powders can be kept for up to two years. The best way to ensure that you are happy with your personal skin care is to visit your aesthetician for his or her product and treatment recommendations. This will result in a bit less work the next time spring cleaning rolls around!
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Beauty Pick of the Month
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