To our knowledge, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow — two celebs
in their 40s whose faces look as if they haven't aged a day since
21 — haven't gone under the knife for the sake of flawless skin.
Their faces aren't pulled back like masks and their eyes appear to
be in the same location they were 20 years ago. But that doesn't mean
their youthful glows are simply the result of genetics and a macrobiotic
diet, though we're sure luck and healthy habits play a major role.
Beauty experts say it's
quite possible Lopez, Paltrow and countless others have benefited from skin enhancements,
which is a polite way of saying, they haven't had major work done,
but few women get to 45 (Lopez's age) with so few wrinkles, fine lines
and signs of hyperpigmentation if they haven't regularly taken their
cars into the shop for maintenance.
"There are several reasons why women are looking better for longer,"
said. Dr. Chynna Steele, a dermatologist and founder of Steele Dermatology.
"Lasers and procedures can be part of it, but so is skincare products,
and fillers are also a major component. In general, it's all about
addressing very small, minor signs of aging before they get worse and
worse, and become major signs of aging. It's a lot easier to do things
to keep the skin looking young, firm, and healthy than to try to fix it
once it looks old, saggy, wrinkled, etc."
Here's the lowdown on nine in-office procedures that experts say work wonders.
In your 20s
Before you step foot into a dermatologist's office, Dr. Jill Waibel
of Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute says there is one crucial step
you should be taking at home — and we all know what that is, right?
"When you're in your twenties, wrinkles may not be your top concern
but this is the best decade to maximize preventative measures to slow
down the aging clock," Waibel said. "When someone is in their
twenties, it's a great time to start a good skin care regimen including
tretinoin and using sunblock 365 days of the year."
Cosmetic treatments recommended for this age group include:
Vascular lasers may be used in combination with IPL (photofacial) or BBL
devices in the same treatment. These remove brown spots and sun damage
for optimal skin health in your twenties. "These procedures are lunchtime
procedures with virtually no downtime — perhaps a bit red for a
couple of days but fine to cover with makeup," Waibel said. "Starting
these procedures early — especially the BBL — has the ability
to repair the appearance of aged skin, delay and help prevent signs of
Chemical peels. In order to maintain good skin texture and tone over time,
Steele recommends regular chemical peels, which work by deeply exfoliating
the skin's outer layer (a lunchtime peel), outer and middle layers
(medium peel, which requires seven to 14 days to heal) or middle layer
(deep peel, which will take between 14 to 21 days to heal). The regenerated
skin that appears from beneath the old layer is smoother and less flawed.
In your 30s
Botox and fillers. Botox and fillers can address very early signs of aging
that you see in the late 20s and 30s, Steele said — including that
pesky line between the brows we develop from frowning. "When you're
young you only get the lines when you frown, but as you get older the
lines become sort of 'etched' in your skin where they are there
even when you're not frowning," Steele said. "With more
time, they become more deeply etched. The best use of toxin is to treat
these lines before they become etched — soften the movement so that
you don't pull so hard on the frown muscles. For major celebs who
never seem to be aging, they started early with toxin to soften muscle
movements with frowning and squinting to prevent forehead lines and crow's
feet from ever really developing in a significant way."
Fraxel laser treatments. "The thirties bring noticeable signs of aging,
which include skin discolorations as well as wrinkles (crow's feet,
frown lines, smile lines)," Waibel said. "Uneven skin color,
dull texture, mildly loose elastic skin and fine lines may be significantly
improved with non-ablative fractional (Fraxel) laser treatments. One or
two Fraxel treatments per year can return your skin's glow."
In your 40s
"By the forties it is all out war against aging," Waibel said.
"Aging gracefully requires two to three visits to your dermatologist
per year. Sometimes our genetics and healthy lifestyles keep our skin
looking beautiful, but for most women some reparative work occurs during
this time. In addition to good skin care, sunblock daily, neurotoxins
and fillers, more aggressive laser therapy can give us that dewy, youthful
skin of our twenties."
Laser Resurfacing. This treatment is made of laser light that is broken
up into separate beams that treat a portion of the skin's surface,
Waibel said. "These beams send microscopic columns of energy into
the skin that destroy the 'old looking' skin and the subsequent
healing produces fresh skin that looks and feels softer and smoother."
Fractional lasers. These lasers give way to dewy skin by inciting new collagen
production. They may cause minimal tightening because there is some aspect
of collagen production. "Though these treatments do require some
downtime, they have the ability to treat and tone skin and get skin back
to a youthful state," Waibel said.
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