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. Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, owner of DLK on Avenue in Toronto, 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.
The doc’s Rx: 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. The downside? At $450 and up per session, it’s a tad pricey. And because your skin will be extra-sensitive to UVA and UVB rays, you’ll need to stay out of the sun for 48 hours.
DIY essentials: 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. Find a gel-based formulation that doesn’t foam (foamers dry out your skin) such as Clear Start Cleanser, (Now Clear Exfoliating Gel Cleanser). Want serious exfoliation? Try Physicians Formula Mineral MicroDermabrasion System, $40 – once a week will do.
News flash: Target dull skin from the inside with O3mega + Glow supplements, $27/60 softgels. Joey Shulman, author of The Natural Makeover Diet: A 4-Step Program to Looking and Feeling Your Best from the Inside Out, says that ingredients such as essential fatty acids, lycopene and vitamin C reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall look and feel of your skin.