By Dave Lackie
Cosmetics: There are so many products on the market today with the words “anti-aging” in them. What does this mean? Can you really stop your skin from aging?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: It is not possible to stop aging as it is an inevitable process. Aging is natural and happens to all of us. So when you read something that says it is “anti-aging” what it means is that it works to slow what we call the effects of again on the face.
C: When people come to see you with skin aging concerns, what are they most worried about?
DLK: Most people at first complain that they look “tired”. After that, they are more specific…frown lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and lack of lustre on the skin.
C: What is the most important information doctors have learned in the last year or two regarding aging and how it affects our skin?
DLK: The most recent scientific advances are how antioxidants play a role in the aging process in combating the effect of free radical damage. That is the most exciting data that scientists have discovered.
C: What happens in the skin to cause the effects of aging?
DLK: There is a breakdown in collagen and elastin leading to skin laxity as seen by jowels and the formation of wrinkles and folds. Also, as a result of sun damage, the skin develops brown spots, dyschromia and uneven skin tone. Telangiectesia (spider veins) also develop on the cheeks and around the nose.
C: How much does genetics play in the effects of aging?
DLK: Genetics do play a role in how your skin ages so you can blame/praise your parents as you look at how they’ve aged. It’s a good indication of how you’ll age.
C: How long should you wait after starting a new skincare regime or product to see results?
DLK: You need to wait at least three months. That’s how long it takes for prescribed medication to show to full results. Too often men and women expect immediate results and this takes time.
C: What ingredients should you look for in an anti-aging moisturizer or night cream?
DLK: Any vitamin A or vitamin derivative is a good place to start (eg. Retinol), then an antioxidant such as vitamin C.
C: Does maintaining a good regime of cleansing, moisturizing and using sunblock really help to maintain more youthful- looking skin?
DLK: Yes, absolutely.
C: And finally, is a broad spectrum sunscreen still the best anti-aging product?
DLK: Definitely! It should be applied after cleansing. Your moisturizer and foundation should go on top – 365 days of the year