Aging isn’t fun. The wrinkles are arriving daily and I want to make good choices with my daily skin care. Here are some skin treatment recommendations to share with you.
A few weeks ago I went to a super-fancy skin clinic in Newton and saw Dr. Dover. A friend who is on TV all the time recommended him. I thought what the heck, over the years I have had facials, and tried all sorts of face lotions. These all cost me lots of money and I can’t even tell if there was an effect. I figured I’d spend the $325 for a consult and end up with great recommendations for skin care for the next 30 years (I am currently 42). Also, I have a sensitivity to SLES, aka sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, a common foaming agent in most soaps and shampoos. Unless I’m careful I end up breaking out with most products. I was looking forward to them analyzing the ingredients lists and helping me find excellent products.
The team at Skin Care Physicians was smart, fun, and reasonable. Here are the product and habit recommendations that I walked away with:
1. Use Sunscreen Every Day, no matter what. Re-apply after four hours if you are in the sun. They highly recommend La Roche Fluid, which I got at my local Rite Aid. It was expensive, but you only need a little bit. It has been sort of flaky on my skin, which is odd, so I may try one of their other sun fluids. But the Doc says this is the best out there and silky light for most people. Wash and moisturize your face, then apply the sunscreen fluid.
2. If you can afford Retin-A, get a Rx and use it. Apparently, it “makes your skin look beautiful.” You have to start slowly with a small amount. You are also more susceptible to sunburns with this, so be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations and in general use it at night and wash it off in the morning. Also, refer to above 1. Use Sunscreen Every Day, no matter what.
3. Beyond that, they recommend a general face soap and a general face lotion, nothing fancy.
Because of my sensitive skin and the SLES issue, we came up with some good products for me. The facial soap we found at my friend DJ’s organic skin care company, Juice Beauty. I am using the Cleansing Milk.
For facial moisturizer they recommend the inexpensive and wonderful CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. Not the fancy stuff, not the anti-aging stuff, just the regular old moisturizing cream. I love it so much that I am ditching all other lotions for my whole family and switching to this. My 8yo son gets dry hands and wrists in the winter and most lotions sting his skin. This is great for him as well.
4. There are some other technologically advanced options if you have the money to spend.
- IPL (they recommend NOT getting it done by an aesthetician — not enough training, therefore a waste of money)
- Thermage. I think Thermage is what Ellen DeGeneres has had to look so youthful at her age.
- Botox, which honestly scares me very much.