Bo­tox, fillers, prod­ucts Anti-agers that work

All the treat­ments and tricks to keep you look­ing younger for longer.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour 2017 March -

Eek! My 30s are fast ap­proach­ing, and peo­ple are say­ing I should have started treat­ments al­ready. Re­ally?

There are no rules, says Dr Mignon Laub of the Just Skin Aes­thetic Clinic in Cape Town. “Some women in their 20s can look like they’re 32, and then there are 32 year olds who look 25.”

But the ex­perts do agree on one thing when it comes to good skin­care prod­ucts: you can never start too young! “Go for a good chem­i­cal ex­fo­lia­tor and an al­pha hy­droxy cream, which you can use day and night. And don’t for­get sun­block – it’s the most im­por­tant anti-ager of all,” says Dr Laub.

Cu­ri­ous about Bo­tox and fillers? “Start these when you notice that lines re­main, even when you’re not mov­ing your face,” Dr Laub sug­gests. “Bo­tox works bril­liantly as a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure. But do be con­ser­va­tive – use small amounts on tar­geted zones.”

What in­gre­di­ents should I look out for in my skin­care to see a dif­fer­ence in my com­plex­ion?

Retinoids These tackle ev­ery­thing from dark spots to wrin­kles and sag­ging. Use them ev­ery other night to see how your skin re­acts be­fore mak­ing them a daily habit. An­tiox­i­dants “For­mu­las with mul­ti­ple an­tiox­i­dants are best for bright­en­ing and preventing wrin­kles,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Jean­nette Graf. “Stud­ies sug­gest that in­di­vid­ual an­tiox­i­dants be­come more po­tent when com­bined with oth­ers.” That said, they will not do you any good if you don’t wear sun­screen! Al­pha hy­droxy acids At-home peels with al­pha hy­droxy acids make skin glow and they can smooth lines and wrin­kles over time. Use them on the nights when you’re not us­ing retinoids. El­lagic acid Age spots and melasma are stub­born, but this berry ex­tract fades dis­coloura­tion on all skin tones.

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