Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to tell if your skin is aging well

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to tell if your skin is aging well
Signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin are often not welcome. You do everything you can to keep your skin looking youthful for as long as possible. But how do you know if the signs you’re seeing are normal for your age? In this blog post, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses how to tell if your skin is aging well and how you can maintain a more youthful appearance.

Fine lines and wrinkles are a normal sign of aging, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

The first signs of aging often appear in the form of crow’s feet around eyes. These fine lines develop as a result of frequent facial expressions like squinting and smiling. Repetitive motions create creases in the skin that break down collagen and elastin fibers over time. The body also starts to produce collagen and elastin at a slower rate, preventing skin from bouncing back as quickly as it did when you were younger.

Next, you’ll see wrinkles start to form on the forehead, around the lips and between the eyebrows. Much like crow’s feet, these wrinkles are caused by repeated facial expressions. You can pair skin care treatments with in-office procedures like Botox and wrinkle fillers to minimize these signs of aging. However, wrinkles are not out of the ordinary.

There’s a good chance you’ll also start to see dark circles under your eyes, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dark circles under eyes could be caused by a number of things including natural aging, heredity, allergies, sleep deprivation and stress. The skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more fragile with age, exposing tiny blood vessels beneath the skin. Loss of elasticity can also contribute to dark circles. As skin loses its ability to bounce back, dark circles become more prominent.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a few things that could contribute to signs of aging.

If you smoke, you will start to see premature signs of aging much earlier than normal, including deep wrinkles, bags under eyes and dull, sallow skin. This is because cigarettes starve your skin of oxygen and constrict blood flow, which affects circulation and breaks down collagen and elastin. Smoking also depletes your body of vitamin C, a necessary nutrient for collagen production. Because smoke is a form of pollution, you’re also exposing your skin to harmful free radicals.

Skipping sunscreen is another way to encourage dark spots and wrinkles. Most signs of aging can be delayed with proper sun protection. Going without any sunscreen, however, can lead to dark spots, wrinkles and other signs of photoaging. UV exposure causes collagen and elastin to break down, which leads to signs of aging.

Maintain a youthful appearance with some of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite products.

The best way to prevent premature signs of aging is to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every single day. One of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite sunscreens is EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen – Untinted. This oil-free formula protects skin with 9% zinc oxide. Plus, its sheer formula won’t clog pores or irritate sensitive skin.

Building an anti-aging regimen will also help you maintain a youthful appearance. Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests pairing clinically proven ingredients like peptides and growth factors for best results. After cleansing, apply NuGene NuCell Universal Serum. Formulated with growth factors, polypeptides, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, this serum helps encourage collagen and elastin production. Then, moisturize skin with LovelySkin LUXE Ultra-Rich Peptide Moisturizer. This hydrating cream contains peptides to help repair skin and argan oil to nourish and revitalize the complexion.

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Joel Schlessinger MD explains what causes collagen to break down

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD explains what causes collagen to break down
Collagen is a structural protein that gives skin its strength and durability. Think of collagen as the structural wall that supports skin. Healthy collagen levels give skin a plump and smooth appearance. But as we age, collagen production slows and healthy collagen begins to break down. When collagen breaks down, skin loses its firmness and fine lines and wrinkles begin to form.

Environmental factors like sun exposure and pollution have an effect on collagen, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Collagen breakdown is an unavoidable part of aging. Around 35, we start producing less collagen and skin begins to lose elasticity. But there are also environmental factors that contribute to collagen breakdown, including the sun and pollution.

We’ve all heard that sun exposure contributes to signs of aging. While UVB rays burn skin, UVA rays penetrate deeper, breaking down collagen and elastin. Sun exposure also stimulates the production of melanocytes, the cells that are responsible for pigment formation. So even when the sun doesn’t burn your skin, it’s still contributing to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

Pollution and oxidative stress penetrate into the deep layers of the dermis, causing inflammation, dehydration and loss of firmness. When these tiny particles of smoke, soot and other pollutants come in contact with your skin, they begin creating free radicals, which are highly unstable molecules that break down collagen and impair the skin’s barrier functions.

Bad habits like smoking and poor diet also contribute to collagen loss, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

A poor diet, specifically one that is high in sugar, can damage your skin from the inside out. Sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin proteins in the skin through a process called glycation. This process produces advanced glycosylation end products, or AGEs for short. AGEs are free radicals that lead to inflammation, breaking down collagen and elastin in the skin.

In addition to being harmful to your overall health, smoking has a negative impact on your appearance. This bad habit leads to premature signs of aging, deep wrinkles, bags under the eyes and dull skin. Cigarettes starve your skin of oxygen and constrict blood flow, which affects circulation and breaks down collagen and elastin. Additionally, smoking depletes your body of vitamin C, a necessary nutrient for collagen production. Because smoke is a form of pollution, you’re also coming in contact with those harmful free radicals.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares how you can help prevent collagen loss.

In addition to kicking bad habits, there are changes you can make to your skin care routine that will help you maintain healthy, youthful skin. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factor products to your daily routine. These powerful ingredients work to boost collagen production and rejuvenate aging skin.

Alphaeon Beauty Epidermal Growth Serum pairs growth factors with hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants to help diminish the signs of aging and revitalize skin. In clinical studies, more than 80 percent of patients experienced an overall reduction in the appearance of wrinkles with this serum.

Formulated with growth factors, polypeptides, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, NuGene NuCell Universal Serum encourages collagen and elastin production, helping skin repair and prevent environmental damage. With continued use, you’ll see a visible improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and rough skin texture.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum contains growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to hydrate, firm and rejuvenate mature skin. This best-selling serum minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. With continued use, you’ll see results after just one month with best results appearing in three months.

To target loss of collagen around the delicate eye area, apply Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream (with PSP). This eye cream contains a proprietary blend of growth factors, cytokines and interleukins that help smooth wrinkles and revitalize skin. This hydrating eye cream also minimizes puffiness and dark under-eye circles for a more youthful appearance.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the importance of growth factors in skin care

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the importance of growth factors in skin careEvery so often a new buzzworthy skin care ingredient appears on the market. For the past several years, many people with anti-aging concerns have been turning to products with growth factors, which are known for their ability to rejuvenate skin. In this blog, Joel Schlessinger MD explains the power behind growth factors and why they’re a great addition to any anti-aging skin care routine.

Growth factors help diminish wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Growth factors are natural proteins that send messages between living cells. Their primary job is to tell fibroblast cells when to produce collagen. As we age, our bodies produce lower levels of natural growth factors, leading to a breakdown in collagen and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical growth factors help regenerate and repair aging skin tissue. These proteins essentially trick aging skin cells into behaving like younger, healthier skin cells. With continued use, topical growth factors can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and a rough texture. The result is a more radiant and youthful appearance.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factors to your daily skin care routine.

Growth factors work to maintain elasticity, enhance the skin’s repair process and rejuvenate the complexion. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factors to any anti-aging routine.

Dr. Schlessinger suggests Alphaeon Beauty Epidermal Growth Serum, a new serum that pairs growth factors with hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants to help promote the appearance of youthful, rejuvenated skin. In clinical studies, more than 80 percent of patients experienced an overall reduction in the appearance of wrinkles with this serum.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum has a best-selling formula of growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to hydrate, firm and revitalize aging skin. With continued use, you’ll see results after just one month with best results appearing in three months.

For the delicate eye area, try Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream (with PSP), which contains a proprietary blend of growth factors, cytokines and interleukins that help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This hydrating eye cream also minimizes puffiness and dark under-eye circles for a more youthful appearance.

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Joel Schlessinger MD advises on how to keep hands from showing signs of aging

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD advises on how to keep hands from aging

Just like the neck and chest, the hands are an area that is often ignored when it comes to anti-aging. Your hands, however, are one of the first areas to show signs of aging because they are frequently exposed to the sun and harsh conditions. According to Joel Schlessinger MD, a combination of sun protection and anti-aging products is the way to keep your hands looking youthful.

Sun protection on your hands is an absolute must, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

We know that sun exposure is one of the main causes of aging which is why it is so important to wear sun protection every day. When you’re applying sunscreen to your face, take a few extra seconds to apply it to the backs of your hands. This will help prevent fine lines, dark spots and sagging skin.

If you love applying a hand cream in the morning, try jane iredale HandDrink Hand Cream with SPF 15. The formula softens hands and locks in moisture, plus it contains ingredients that defend against UV damage.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends products that fade signs of aging on the hands.

The same ingredients that are effective at fading signs of aging on the face are beneficial for the hands. Revision Skincare Lumiquin is an anti-aging hand cream that contains peptides to encourage collagen production and reduce the appearance of sagging skin. The formula also contains licorice extract that brightens skin and fades dark spots.

Harsh weather, rough working conditions and frequent hand washing can also lead to thin, damaged skin that shows signs of aging. StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Treatment targets thin, sagging skin with reparative and hydrating ingredients. Fine lines appear less noticeable and the skin’s elasticity is improved after using this product.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses AQUAGOLD Fine Touch

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses AQUAGOLD Fine Touch

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is a new microneedling device that boosts collagen production while treating common signs of aging.  It takes the classic microneedling process a step further by simultaneously addressing concerns like dryness and fine lines with a targeted treatment.

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch complements any in-office treatment, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

This unique device is the perfect finishing touch for your in-office treatments. AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is a glass vial topped with 20 hair-thin needles. As these needles make contact with the dermis, they deliver whatever liquid is in the vial to the complexion, such as hyaluronic acid or a topical serum.

This microneedling treatment is gentler on skin than roller techniques, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Because the needles pass over skin, AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is relatively painless. Unlike classic roller techniques that can cause microtears in the skin, this device won’t cause bleeding because it applies the microneedles perpendicular to the skin. The treatment requires no downtime so you can immediately continue with your daily routine.

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is also innovative in that the device is an individual unit that isn’t reused from person to person. This makes the treatment sterile for each patient, unlike rollers and other techniques that require reusable units and materials. This cleanliness is ultimately why Dr. Joel Schlessinger chose to add AQUAGOLD Fine Touch to his practice.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a video on how sun exposure affects skin

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

In a recent viral video, videographer Thomas Leveritt shows people on the street what they look like under ultraviolet light, exposing sun damage beneath the skin. The ultraviolet camera reveals changes to their skin that aren’t yet visible to the naked eye such as freckles, wrinkles and other signs of UV damage. With this video in mind, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares what you can do to protect yourself from sun damage and keep your skin looking youthful.

Applying sunscreen every day protects your skin from premature aging, sun damage and skin cancer, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a safe tan. Any change in your skin is a sign of sun damage. This damage doesn’t make itself known right away, either. Over time, sun exposure can lead to signs of aging like dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. UV exposure also creates an uneven skin tone and breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin, giving the complexion a saggy appearance.

Most skin cancer is caused by too much UV exposure. In the early stages, it usually resembles a freckle or a mole that can change in size, shape or color. The best way to avoid skin cancer is through regular self checks and visits to your dermatologist. This will also improve your chances of catching it early when it’s easily treatable.

The best way to protect your skin from sun damage is to wear sunscreen every day and stay out of the sun. Apply a daily sunscreen and avoid outside activities during peak hours when the sun is directly overhead. Following these basic rules will help keep your skin looking youthful and healthy, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends applying a broad spectrum sunscreen every day for healthy skin.

When shopping for sunscreen, many people only look at the SPF, which is not the best way to determine if your sunscreen is adequate. SPF only explains how well a produce protects against UVB rays, not UVA. Both UV rays cause skin cancer so it’s important to choose a broad spectrum formula. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays without irritating sensitive skin.

As a general rule, Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other dermatologists recommend applying a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and reapplying every two hours. For optimal sun protection, avoid excessive sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is most intense. It’s also important to protect your skin with proper clothing such as loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and pants, as well as wide-brimmed hats.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses LovelySkin’s newest products from NuFACE

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

LovelySkin.com is proud to now carry skin care products and devices from the top-rated brand, NuFACE®. The mission of NuFACE® is to help men and women alike put their best face forward. They were among the first to release skin care devices that utilize microcurrent technology to improve the appearance of facial contours, fine lines and wrinkles. Today, they continue to hone and build upon their innovative knowledge.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends the NuFACE® Trinity Facial Trainer Kit to combat signs of aging.

The NuFACE® Trinity Facial Trainer Kit is the only FDA-approved, handheld facial toning device that is clinically proven to reduce signs of aging. Microcurrent technology gently but effectively stimulates the skin to tone the facial muscles and prep the complexion for serums and other treatments. The original kit comes with the Trinity device, Gel Primer, charging accessories and a user manual. Available for separate purchase are the ELE attachment, which targets lines in hard-to-reach places, and the Wrinkle Reducer attachment, which uses a combination of red, amber and infrared light to diminish signs of aging.

To use the Trinity, you’ll simply apply gel primer and then move the device over your face as directed.

Try these other NuFACE® products alongside your Trinity to achieve the best results, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

To get the most out of your Trinity skin care regimen, Joel Schlessinger MD suggests trying the variety of treatments and serums available from NuFACE®. NuFACE® Optimizing Mist is a great way to keep your gel or cream primer activated while your use your device. You can also spritz it on throughout the day when you need a quick, energizing boost of moisture. If you’re looking to plump and rejuvenate your skin, try NuFACE® Collagen Booster Copper Complex Serum. This serum contains copper to promote healing and a combination of hydrocotyl and coneflower to improve suppleness. The NuFACE® Anti-Aging Infusion Serums Trio is a great way to try out what NuFACE® has to offer on a trial basis. These mini serums each combine powerful ingredients like peptides and vitamin C to lift and hydrate the skin and reverse signs of aging.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The neck and décolletage are two hard-to-treat areas that show the most signs of aging. While serums, creams and sunscreens provide excellent protection for the face, the neck and chest areas are often exposed to the sun without the same protection. This leads to wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness and more. That’s where NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream can help. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses this new firming treatment and how it could benefit your skin.

This firming neck cream diminishes the signs of aging, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is designed to help reverse the visible signs of aging on the neck and décolletage by building volume and firming sagging skin. This neck cream uses clinically proven ingredients like NeoGlucosamine, NeoCitriate, apple stem cell extract, vitamin E and a pro-amino acid to visibly lift, firm, brighten and plump the neck and chest area. With regular use, this treatment gives the skin a more radiant and youthful glow.

Triple Firming Neck Cream easily fits into any mature skin care regimen, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

For best results, apply NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream twice daily. After cleansing, smooth the treatment over your entire neck and décolletage area. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends this neck cream for anyone who wants to address the signs of aging on this hard-to-treat area. Plus, its oil-free and paraben-free formula won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses body treatments and how to choose the right one

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

When it comes to skin care, it’s important to treat the skin on your body as well as you treat your face. Areas like the neck, chest and hands are often neglected in the way of treatments. Body treatments provide the rest of your skin with firming, anti-aging, hydrating and other skin care benefits. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses body treatments and how to choose the right one for your concerns.

Body treatments can diminish signs of aging on hard-to-treat areas, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

The neck, décolletage and hands are all areas where most people forget to apply sunscreen. This leads to sun damage down the road. Body treatments can help firm, tighten and brighten, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. For an all-in-one treatment to target the neck, chest and hands, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands. This anti-aging cream diminishes dark spots and plumps thinning skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends body treatments to treat specific skin concerns.

Body treatments can also improve the symptoms of common skin conditions. FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone soothes dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, insect bites, poison ivy, seborrheic dermatitis and more. The hydrocortisone in this balm goes beyond moisturizing to treat and heal itchy, irritated skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends Glytone Body Retexturize KP Kit to improve the rough, bumpy skin associated with keratosis pilaris. The exfoliating products in this kit are formulated with glycolic acid to promote healthy skin renewal.

Finally, DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula helps improve the appearance of bruised skin with key ingredients like retinol, ceramides, alpha hydroxy acids, and niacinamide.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about Obagi360

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Obagi is well-known for its impressive anti-aging results, but the products have always been targeted toward correcting existing damage. Obagi360, the brand’s newest line, is formulated for younger patients in their 20s and 30s to protect skin and prevent the signs of aging. In his latest presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses these new products and how they can benefit your skin.

Obagi360 helps address the early signs of aging, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

This preventative anti-aging line is perfect for patients who are starting to see fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. The Obagi360 system includes an exfoliating cleanser, a moisturizing sunscreen and a gentle retinol for a complete skin care regimen.

The exfoliating cleanser uses manual and chemical exfoliation to unclog pores and refine skin. It leaves your complexion soft, smooth and prepared for other products. The sunscreen moisturizer soothes inflammation while providing broad spectrum sun protection. This formula also contains potent antioxidants to protect your skin against environmental damage. Finally, the 0.5 retinol will help diminish the signs of aging without irritating the complexion.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends the Obagi360 system for a simple yet effective anti-aging routine.

For best results, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends trying the Obagi360 System Kit. This starter set contains the full-size cleanser, sunscreen moisturizer and 0.5 retinol. In addition to the retinol included in the kit, Obagi360 also offers a 1.0 retinol for patients who want a stronger treatment. Both formulas use an entrapped form of retinol that provides time-released treatment with minimal irritation.

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