The Basic Anti aging Skin care Regimen
Your anti aging skin care regimen can be the same one the “stars” use. Celebrities take scrupulous care of their skin because they have agents telling them what they need to do and then often, skin care becomes their hobby and then their business!
A great appearance isn’t just for the rich and famous. If you learn what to do for your insides, you are halfway there with an anti aging skin care regimen. You can learn all there is to know in my 8 anti-aging products blog. Read that one too!
All my celebrity clients follow this anti aging skin care regimen I’m about to share with you, and they look amazing.
The first thing these stars know is that great skin starts from the inside out.
They use these inside-to-outside products to look younger before they even start with the “outside care” meaning the actual anti-aging skin care regimen that I’ll discuss here. Note that nitric oxide benefits via supplements include increased blood flow to the skin mimicking exercise and cause more collagen production. I just thought I’d throw that in while it popped into my head.
Please DO find the “inside fixes” that I reveal in the 8 products article shown above. This article leads into the start of the “how old do I look” by decade outline of care my celebs and non-celebs patients all follow. I’m also getting AWS annual consultation members on this bandwagon now too. That is, once they see the results! You too will make this your anti-aging skin care regimen for life once you see the results. Before I get into the daily routine let me leave you a link to an article you’ll want to read. “How to look young forever without plastic surgery.”
The Anti-aging skin care regimen daily routine:
The first thing to have down “pat” for your anti-aging skin care regimen is your daily skin care routine. Always wear sunblock when outdoors, never go to sleep wearing makeup and of course don’t smoke, don’t alcohol drink excessively, and stay hydrated. Those are the real basics. When you choose products, make sure you are choosing organic products. Make sure you choose products free of paraben and silicones, mineral oil, synthetic preservatives and fragrances because what you put on your skin affects your skin and your health.
If it smells artificial, it is and don’t use it. Needless to say, everything on this website fits the total bill for healthy bodies and healthy skin. And guess what? There are some celebs with their OWN skin care lines who use MY products! Noooo, I can’t tell you. Having great skin takes proper daily care with the right products and discipline to follow an anti-aging skin care regimen on a daily basis. I now also consider procedures to enhance the youthfulness of skin as part of an overall anti-aging skin care regimen. Yes, of course, I’ll get into that too.
Your basic skin care routine: 2x per day
Cleansing is the first step to any good anti-aging skin care regimen. It gets rid of any dirt, oils, germs, debris, and some bacteria from the skin. Unfortunately, there might be harmful effects of cleansers on the skin if you choose one that strips away too much oil.
Many people have dry skin because of their cleansing routines, not because their skin is naturally dry. However, some people do have dry skin from their environment. The bottom line about cleansers is most people do not know that their cleanser is causing skin dryness.
How do you know what type of cleanser to use and where? The first step is to understand your cleanser options:
Bar soaps – The most irritating cleansers but the best to get rid of dirt and grime. Search for one that is naturally derived. Fortunately, we have a great one, and it’s only $6.00 and lasts FOREVER. It smells just heavenly, too. If not for your face, you will love the smell of your showers if you use it for your body.
Liquid cleansers – A wide variety of tolerability. It is good for cleaning all but the oiliest skin. For super oily skin, you’ll want a gentle scrub cleanser.
Facial cleansers – The mildest cleanser but may not remove oil and dirt as well. Use the mildest cleanser possible that still removes dirt, oil, and debris. Our gentle but effective cleansing milk does the job quite nicely as part of an over 40 anti-aging skin care regimen.
Clarisonic happens to be my personal and most favorite product to implement in a skin care cleansing routine for patients and clients. I love it, too.
I have tried many rotary devices, and through trial and error found this one. Just to mention, I have no financial interest in the company. Note that any sort of stimulation of the skin, including the use of a gentle cleaning device such as this, will stimulate collagen and elastin production. That is always a good thing.
Try washing your face and then using a clean head of a machine like this if you have had on any makeup. You will get “more” off with this! I don’t wear makeup often, but when I do, this provides the best cleansing process and offers many benefits. Yes, there are el-cheapo knock-offs, and you get what you pay for. If you are “into” serious skin care, you need to invest in one of these.
Step 1b – Use an all natural toner
It’s not necessary, but if you like toners our toners are made with all natural ingredients. They do not contain the usual array of oil-stripping “garbage” that almost all other toners have. Again, if you like using a toner, just use one of ours. They all smell great and feel good on your skin.
Apply a thin layer or layers 1-2x per day of light “serums” with potent anti-aging ingredients best for YOUR skin. Our #1 seller for this layer is the renewal serum which contains the most penetrating and hydrating form of hyaluronic acid plus vitamin C for some real skin appeal. Let the serum(s) dry for a minute. One light layer of one “specific use” serum is generally enough unless you are using another for another purpose such as super-hydration or “spots.”
Apply a layer of the Lifeline Proplus daytime or nighttime serum. If you haven’t read about these products, they are HOT in Hollywood and part of all celebrity anti-aging skin care routines. When you have a chance, read why. (See INFO/Anti-aging skin care/ Adult stem cells compared to Lifeline Proplus products). I’ll give you a big hint by saying they reduce skin inflammation big time!(And get rid of wrinkles, sagging skin, excess pigmentation and more!)
(Optional) Dab on elastin stimulating serum to fine lines and places where you will “sag” or are starting to “sag.” Some people prefer this as the step right after washing or toning. I used to be a big fan of the next product, but now, with the Lifeline Proplus products, I don’t think they are needed anymore.
Let me cover this “elastin issue” now.
Many substances and techniques will stimulate collagen. However, the only scientifically proven product/ingredient to stimulate elastin (original studies at Stanford- impressive!) is ethocyn. Purchase this on Amazon, in specialty shops and through the MLM Company, Nuskin, as its product “Truface Essence Ultra.” The company will hate that I’m telling you I’ve seen this product at a lower price on Ebay and Amazon. Oh well. I promised you the ultimate anti-aging skin care regimen, so you’re getting the whole enchilada here. But again, if you look at the science behind Lifeline proplus you will note that it stimulates elastin to the point where we truly see visible firming and lifting of the skin. It seems to me to work much better than the long-touted ethocyn, but there has been no head to head studies. So, you choose. I ditched mine when I saw the Lifeline Proplus results.
Step 4 – Moisturizing
Moisturizing is an essential step in good skin care. Sometimes the Nighttime moisturizing Lifeline Proplus serum is sufficient. Unless you have dry skin, it generally is, but this is all an “individual thing.” A good moisturizer can stop the dry skin cycle from spiraling into cracked, thick, flaky skin. An effective moisturizer will have a combination of ingredients which:
Replenish the skin’s natural ingredients that help maintain its structure.
Cut down on damage from free-radicals.
Help the cells function more normally.
If you need extra moisture due to your skin type, the weather, travel or change of season we have an array of pure, lovely moisturizers. The best anti aging moisturizer as chosen by our members is our platinum supreme cream. This is in the anti-aging skin care kit which I’ll discuss at the end of this article.
Step 5 – Apply Sunscreen During the Day
The final step in a good anti-aging skin care regimen is using sunscreen. You can easily tell if your skin is oily or dry, requiring a good washing or some added moisture. However, most of the damage to the skin from UV radiation is beneath the surface and happens so slowly that we don’t realize how much damage is happening.
I know we’ve talked about sunscreen but don’t take small exposures “for granted.” Even those little bits of exposure add up over the years and can cause wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer. You won’t have great skin if you skip this step.
Don’t undo all the money spent and the benefits of an anti-aging skin care regimen by exposing yourself to UV radiation. Find a good broad-spectrum sunscreen and make its application a part of your daily routines like brushing your teeth and bathing.
How to keep/renew the firmness and refine the texture of your skin:
Exactly what does it do?
Dermarolling stimulates collagen production in the skin. It is accomplished by piercing the skin using the roller’s micro-needles and breaking down fine wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne spots and some types of acne scars to induce tremendous collagen production. The treatment causes a minor pricking sensation if you are using needles of .25mm-1.0 mm in length. Advanced dermatology professionals use longer needles. The skin needling treatment recommendation for home use is 0.25 mm to 1.0 mm needles.
However, once you know what you’re doing (it’s not hard) you can use the 1.5 mm rollers at home. Using 1.5 mm and above needles will require skin numbing cream before the treatment to eliminate any pain you may have. The numbing creams are often known as topical anesthetic ointments. Derma rolling doesn’t necessarily hurt. However, some people have reported mild pricking sensations during the treatments. It will produce a fresh layer of collagen underneath the epidermis. The newly created collagen layer will thicken the skin and will fill or reduce skin imperfections with several treatments of 1.5 to 2.0 mm needles.
Dermarollers will boost the absorption of your favorite skincare products; the ones mentioned about above for instance. The .5 mm roller which can be used daily increases the absorption rate of products by 10,000 times since it creates temporary micro channels into the deeper skin layers. Derma-rollers can significantly maximize the effectiveness of your skin care products and improve your results by 150%.
At Home How-to:
You can use a .5 mm roller nightly if you want. If you do, put the renewal serum on first (hyaluronic/Vit C), then roll. Follow with the product that contains the most stem cell peptides and growth factors cytokines to heal up the little holes, LifeLine Proplus night serum. You do this same routine with the 1.0 mm, but that is once weekly usage. If you have a 1.5 mm, use it is every 2-4 weeks. If using professional treatments, they are generally spaced out at 4-6 weeks, and you should utilize these same products for best results. You can buy these rollers on many websites which sell beauty items (including Amazon) and make sure to get a rolling pad you can use alcohol on to sterilize your roller between treatments. Derma-rolling is now firmly entrenched as a part of a good anti-aging skin care regimen.
Microneedling is dermarolling on steroids. It’s not a home procedure. It is a minimally-invasive non-surgical and nonabrasive procedure for facial rejuvenation that involves the use of a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury.
During this procedure, fine needles rapidly puncture the skin, causing microscopic injury to the skin, which in turn stimulates the growth of new collagen. It works similarly the way lasers do, except mechanically rather than with light and heat. According to studies, microneedling can help minimize scarring, decrease wrinkles, stretch marks, reduce pore sizes and reverse photoaging.
There has been a recent proliferation of devices and systems on the market in this category varying in the diameter and length of the microneedles, generally ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 mm. The procedure is well tolerated. It takes up to an hour to complete, depending on the area and severity of the problem or desires of the client. Topical anesthetic cream is used to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure.
How often is it needed?
Patients should be advised that multiple treatments will be necessary. The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition. Three or four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. Fine line treatment and skin re-texturizing generally take 3-4 treatments.
An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Generally, the treated areas recover rapidly from skin needling. The use of the AnteAgeMD products will increase healing time dramatically. Celebs and non-celebs use these treatments not just for skin refinement, but for anti-aging collagen stimulation benefits as well. This procedure is considered nearly as effective as non-ablative lasers discussed in the advanced dermatology article mentioned above. It is truly another how to tighten skin. It too is becoming part of a routine anti-aging skin care regimen. I would suggest you do your own derma-rolling and perhaps 4x/annually, have a microneedling procedure to optimize your whole regimen.
Another Method to keep skin nice and firm involves fillers:
Cross-linked hyaluronic acid injections:
For an immediate fix, many people turn to “fillers.” A viscous hyaluronic acid is injected into facial folds and creases, plumping wrinkles from the inside out in about five minutes. Cells whose collagen production has waned are fooled into making more.
Cross-linked hyaluronic acid is one of many materials used and is particularly effective. How long such fillers last can depend on the amount used and wrinkle depth. It can cost between $500 to $700 for each cubic centimeter injected.
There is a great variation so be sure to “get it straight” so you get what you want.
Botero is a thin, fine hyaluronic acid product, for filling in around the mouth and under the eyes. The newest and longest lasting one called Volumina is used to augment cheekbones and essentially “pull up” the face. There are others “in-between” these two.
This is a “creamy calcium” and often used for naso-labial fold injections. It tends to last a little longer than hyaluronic injections, but the new Volumina might rival its staying power. It too stimulates collagen production. Between this and the hyaluronic “variants”, injections of collagen have gone by the wayside.
Sculptra®: Not a filler but achieves similar results:
Approved by the FDA in 2009 for the correction of shallow to deep smile lines and other facial wrinkles, Sculptra® is not a wrinkle filler, but rather, a volumizer. Sculptra® works through a series of injections that fill the depressed areas of the face caused by aging (collagen loss).
Sculptra® is made of a synthetic material known as poly-L-lactic acid, a substance that forms naturally in the body when you exercise. A full Sculptra® treatment consists, on average, of three sessions over a few months, and the results can last for more than two years.
If not over done these are well known and useful treatments:
Botox® is a popular anti-aging non-surgical treatment that involves injecting a diluted version of the botulinum toxin into muscles on the face. The toxin blocks the signal that tells the muscles to contract or cause the skin around the eyes or forehead to wrinkle.
Botox® is relatively painless and only topical anesthesia is used. Botox® is administered using a fine needle to minimize discomfort. Results typically appear within two weeks and last between four to six months.
But, a disclaimer here: In “real life” results last 12-14 weeks according to most patients surveyed.
There is much criticism about the practice of 20 or 30-somethings using botox. I’m not going to weigh in on that. However, there is evidence that after 10-15 years of use in forehead lines, less and less is needed. Also, it lasts much longer as the lines are possibly filled in with fatty tissue.
Reloxin® is an alternative to Botox® that achieves the same results. Like Botox®, it is derived from botulinum toxin type A. Reloxin® results are reported to last longer. Like Botox®, Reloxin® is injected directly into the area treated using a fine needle to minimize discomfort for the patient. The results reportedly last anywhere from five to six months.
Note: According to most women surveyed, Reloxin® lasts the same amount of time as Botox®!
For those who don’t like the idea of going under the knife, but want the immediate benefits of a surgical neck or facelift, there’s the minimally invasive thread lift. It is also known as a suture lift or stitch lift. As the name implies, the procedure uses “threads” made out of specialized suture material to lift the skin of the eyebrows, mid-face, cheeks, and neck.
Unlike facelifts, thread lifts are minor surgery. Thread lifts use a local anesthetic, with recovery time being just two to three days. The threads dissolve and stimulate collagen production. This is not the same as the threads used 5-10 years ago which did not dissolve and therefore caused issues.
Because this is a quick, easy office procedure and is not plastic surgery, I’m classifying this as another anti aging skin care technique. Gwyneth Paltrow just went very public with her “sugar strings” lift, so I suspect the demand for this will sky-rocket due to that. Note there are dissolveable thread lifts now that are state of the art, not the “old way” please. The sugar string lifts are not available in the U.S. but from what I’ve read are likely not as effective, anyway. Up to you if you want to fly to London.