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A few weeks ago I hosted a Facebook chat with Dr. Jeanine Downie, a leading board certified dermatologist and Director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, NJ. She answered many of your beauty questions which we have summarized for those who missed the chat. Here’s what you asked and the advice Dr. Downie gave.
Q1. Why do we start to see fine lines and wrinkles?
Dr. Downie: “Genetics as well as a multitude of natural changes contribute to the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly estrogen, can reduce collagen production in your skin. Cell regeneration and circulation also become sluggish as you age. Elastin decreases and hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer in the skin, also declines. These changes compromise skin’s elasticity, firmness,structure and moisture thus contributing to areas of collapse and irregularity that ultimately manifest as fine lines and wrinkles.
I recommend using the Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Wrinkle Protocol. It’s a skin care set containing a 3-part daily professional regimen clinically proven to be as effective as the leading prescription brand – for half the price when you include the cost of one dermatology visit. External factors play a role too. The most obvious is UV exposure. I recommend applying sunscreen rain or shine, regardless of your ethnicity. Make sure you apply at least an SPF 30 with broad-spectrum coverage. Whether you start using it at 15, 60 or even 70, you’re still doing better than not using it at all. I suggest keeping your sunscreen by your toothpaste and deodorant so you don’t forget to apply in the morning.”
Q2 What causes skin tone irregularities?
“A major cause of uneven skin tone is excessive sun exposure and if younger-looking
skin is on your mind, skin tone should be too. To address existing skin tone damage, I recommend a chemical peel and using an anti-aging foundation that serves multiple purposes like COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation, which leaves behind flawless coverage and improves skin tone over time.”
Q3. I’m over 45 and still have acne. Is this common and how can I combat?
“According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over half of women in the U.S. between the ages of 25 and 58 have some form of acne. The following changes can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts: Slower skin turnover, hormonal fluctuations caused by menopause or stress and a decrease in the skin’s elasticity. I recommend using the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. It’s clinically proven to cleanse 6X better than basic cleansing alone and gently exfoliates to help maximize the immediate hydrating effectiveness of anti-aging moisturizer usage.”