Dr. Sonya Ab­dulla, der­ma­tol­o­gist

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With so many anti-ag­ing prod­ucts on the mar­ket, know­ing which to in­cor­po­rate into your rou­tine can be con­fus­ing. Skin care ex­pert and der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr. Sonya Ab­dulla breaks down the sci­ence be­hind the most sought-after anti-ag­ing in­gre­di­ents.

Q

WHAT IN­GRE­DI­ENTS DO YOU REC­OM­MEND MOST TO YOUR PA­TIENTS?

A

The so­lu­tions I rec­om­mend for pre­vent­ing and re­duc­ing the signs of ag­ing in­clude retinol, a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant like

vi­ta­min C, daily sun pro­tec­tion, ide­ally with an SPF 30 or higher ... and hyaluronic acid. Th­ese are the gold stan­dard for dermatological skin care in­gre­di­ents. I’ve found that prod­ucts con­tain­ing th­ese in­gre­di­ents tend to be most ef­fec­tive over the years to pre­vent and re­duce the signs of ag­ing.

Q

HOW DO THE PROD­UCTS CON­TAIN­ING TH­ESE KEY IN­GRE­DI­ENTS TAR­GET SIGNS OF AG­ING?

A

Prod­ucts with an­tiox­i­dants such as vi­ta­min C brighten and even out skin tone to re­veal a more youth­ful ap­pear­ance. To help re­duce the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and wrin­kles, I of­ten rec­om­mend prod­ucts with retinol. With time, the skin re­quires more in­tense hy­dra­tion–look for prod­ucts con­tain­ing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can ab­sorb up to 1,000 times its own weight in wa­ter and leaves the skin feel­ing im­me­di­ately re­stored.

Al­ways be sure to use a prod­uct with SPF in the morn­ing ifyou use retinol or vi­ta­min C. Th­ese in­gre­di­ents can make your skin more sen­si­tive to the harm­ful ef­fects of the sun’s UV rays.

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