Tag: Dry aging skin
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You’re not getting older, you’re getting better. Well, maybe. But your skin’s also getting more wrinkly, thinner and dried out, and dermatologists say that even a truckload of over-the-counter anti-aging creams and lotions won’t do much to halt the Mother Theresa look.
“There’s some cursory evidence that (the ingredients of anti-aging creams) used in a test tube and animal model may have an effect,” says Dr. Jason Rivers, a Vancouver dermatologist and professor in the University of British Columbia’s department of medicine. “You can show molecular changes or production of collagen (a key component of skin, collagen changes with age, causing the skin to wrinkle). But whether that translates into an actual clinical result is another issue altogether.”
Products with retinol or vitamin C may stimulate collagen or improve skin appearance, says Rivers. But the effect is “mild and takes a long time.”
In fact, a 2007 Consumer Reports study found that even the top-rated anti-aging potions applied for 12 weeks reduced the average depth of wrinkles by less than 10 per cent. That amount is barely visible to the naked eye, according to the magazine.
And just to deepen those furrows of consternation between your eyebrows, the study also concluded that there was … Read More »
For some, it’s the number one rule to looking good. For others, it’s just about getting rid of that irritating texture. But all students and experts can agree that getting rid of dry skin is important not only to your skin’s appearance, but to your overall health as well.
“When skin gets very, very dry, it’s more prone to infection or irritation,” said Dr. Paul Cohen, a board-certified Canadian dermatologist and a member of the Canadian Dermatological Association.
According to Dr. Cohen, skin is your body’s barrier and your number one defence against bacteria in the world. If your skin becomes dried out and cracks, all kinds of bacteria can get in. It’s not only infection that drives people to get rid of their dry skin, however. Third-year York double major Santino Monachino says the reason a lot of people want to avoid dry skin is to impress romantic partners.
“If your hands are red and scaly and you’re meeting a girl, it’s not going to go very well” said Monachino, noting you also want to avoid dry skin because it makes for awful handshakes in job interviews.
First-year English major Zivana Bijelic agrees anyone who is dating would be horrified to find that … Read More »
Interview with Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D Director of the DLK on Avenue Dermatology Clinic, Toronto.
With spring right around the corner and summer, quick on its heels, it’s not too soon to think of your summer skin care regiment. We all now by now that overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays leads to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and age spots, not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer. We’ve asked Dr. Lisa Kellett, dermatologist and director of the DLK on Avenue Dermatology Clinic in Toronto to tell us how best to care for our summer skin.
Dr. Kellett, what is the best way to protect our skin from sun damage?
Some people believe that the best way to protect one’s skin is to get a base tan. However, any tan is actually a sign that your skin is fighting sun damage. The best protection is to avoid the peak hours of the sun between 10am and 4pm and seek out the shade whenever possible. Always wear proper sun-protective clothing and a hat with at least a five inch brim. And, of course, be sure to apply sunscreen. Also, if you are currently taking any medication, you may … Read More »
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