You can’t put your finger on it, but somehow you’ve lost that lovely glow you’ve been taking for granted. When you look in the mirror, you look, well grayish. Our medical advisor Toronto-based Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, explains: “Young skin reflects light uniformly. As we age, skin turns over more slowly. The dead skin that sits on top doesn’t bounce light anymore.” Add sun damage, scarring and enlarged pore size due to a breakdown of collagen in the skin, and the result is a mottled complexion. Solution? Renew your skin with the help of a dermatologist, smart skin care products, and a healthy diet. It’s the trifecta of anti-aging!
Here’s a sample skincare plan on how to look ten years younger.
AT THE CLINIC: Intense Pulsed Light, used in conjunction with Levulan, a liquid that sensitizes your skin, making the light treatment more effective. Multiple wavelengths of light increase collagen production while reducing the appearance of brown spots, redness and spider veins, improving pore size and overall texture. Three to five sessions are required, lasting 20-30 minutes each. Cost $495 per session.
AT HOME: Don’t be afraid to use an exfoliating cleanser twice a day at home to slough away the dead skin that dulls your skin’s surface. Try Dr. Kellett’s Polishing Gel Cleanser, which contains soothing anti-inflammatory agents and micro scrubbers. At night, use a night cream that contains peptides and light reflecting agents in conjunction with a retinol-based product to encourage more cellular turnover. Wear a sunscreen/moisturizer during the day to protect your skin from further breakdown of skin-plumping collagen.
AT THE DINNER TABLE: Target dull skin from the inside by fueling your body with foods rich in sun-protective lycopene (found in cooked tomatoes) and brightening vitamin C (abundant berries, citrus fruits, and leafy greens). And be sure to up your intake of nuts and fish that are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids. “Omega-3 fatty acids do a lot of good things, including lower your triglycerides and battle inflammation. But they also help preserve collagen in your skin and keep it firmer,” says Laura Jeffers, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. Well hydrated skin can make fine lines less noticeable, so be sure to stay hydrated during the day with water and antioxidant-loaded fluids like green tea. “What you put into your body is reflected in your skin,” says Dr. Kellett.