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lines, lines, everywhere lines!

What two things top the list of concerns for my clients? Crows feet and that little devil of a line between the eybrows.  You can prevent them and correct them no matter what age or skin type.

In your 20s–  You may notice the beginnings of sun damage and slight expression lines around the eys.  Botox them into oblivion now and your 40 year old self will thank you.  Botox for prevention of lines may sound ridiculous to some people, but trust me, soften that expression a little now and you will save thousands on correction in the future.  Now is also the time to add glycolic acid and vitamin C to your regimen.

In your 30s & 40s– You may have lines with expression and maybe slight expression lines between the brow or around the eyes while you are relaxed. Again Botox makes the world go ’round.  Now is the time to be adding tretinoin to your regimen for prevention of new lines and correction of the ones that are creeping up.  A medium depth skin peel such as the VI Peel would turn back the clock for you.

In your 50s-60s – You may have lines at rest.  For god sakes don’t fret, that only creates more lines!  By now you are likely already addicted to Botox, so now is a matter of resurfacing the skin to soften and remove existing lines.  You need collagen stimulation STAT.  Medium depth peels can provide some of this collagen stimulation, but it’s time to add thermal “damage” to call that collagen to action with fractionated laser resurfacing. 

Vitamin C makes the world go around.

It’s true.  No other serum currently on the market can turn drab skin into a bright luminous complexion.  Not only does this stuff brighten, it adds another layer of protection against the long arm of the sun.  For prevention, this little gem should be added to your AM routine in your late teens or early 20s  if you are not fighting acne.  Don’t fret if you are late getting the notice, because it is a beauty MUST for building collagen and the correction of water loss in the skin, dullness, and age spots all the while preventing future damage. 

Buyer beware!  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Vitamin C is highly unstable and will break down quickly with exposure to light or air.  It’s absorption into your skin is also dependent on the ph of the formula and % of Vitamin C.  When shopping for this precious formula, look for packaging that will protect it and go with a brand that you trust to test its products well.

Derma Darling Recommended Vitamin C:

Obagi – Professional-C Serums

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

Both of these brands contain pure Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and their products are backed with lots of science and testing.  I use Obagi’s 20% C serum and honestly couldn’t live with out it.