There are dermatologists. And then there are the medical superstars who eat, sleep, breath, and very often create the best anti-aging treatments around. These are their secrets.
Patricia Wexler loves doing a good neck lipo on her patients. But even more, she loves giving them advice on how to avoid procedures altogether.
Clear the way. "Extend your daily exfoliant, whether it's with a cleansing brush or a glycolic acid, all the way down to the top of your chest. Sloughing away the dead-skin layer allows active ingredients to absorb faster."
Get the strong stuff. "The skin on the neck and chest is thin, so sun damage is more apparent and harder to repair. Both the neck and chest require stronger formulations to reverse aging. Dedicated neck creams are more concentrated and powerful than most face creams, but some facial formulas with retinol, such as RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, have been shown to work on the neck and chest, too."
Put peptides to work. "One of my favorite ingredients for treating damage below the jawline is tetrapeptides, like the ones in StriVectin-TL. There's plenty of science to show they help make new collagen and elastic tissue, which is what the neck and chest need to look firmer and younger."
Strengthen skin. "Niacin is a B vitamin that, until recently, we could not get through the skin barrier. Now a new delivery system, in the Nia 24 and StriVectin-TL lines, means it can penetrate the epidermis and strengthen the skin barrier. I've seen it dramatically improve the texture and tone of the neck and décolletage."
Watch your wardrobe. "When you treat skin below the jawline with anti-aging ingredients, consider the fabrics you wear. Anything scratchy, like wool, can cause irritation."
Patricia Wexler | Cosmetic Dermatologist
Source: Allure. April, 2013.