FOUN­TAIN OF YOUTH

Prod­ucts to smooth skin and re­duce wrin­kles

201 Health - - News - WRIT­TEN BY LUCY PROBERT

Prod­ucts to re­duce wrin­kles and smooth skin

“A fact of life is that we’re go­ing to age. But you can age grace­fully. Take care of your skin by us­ing sim­ple steps: a cleanser, a mois­tur­izer with sun pro­tec­tion and a good anti-ag­ing cream. In the long run, sim­ple is bet­ter.”

DR. SHARON SCHERL CHIEF OF THE DEPART­MENT OF DER­MA­TOL­OGY AT EN­GLE­WOOD HOS­PI­TAL AND MED­I­CAL CEN­TER

There is no foun­tain of youth,” says Te­nafly der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr. Sharon Scherl, chief of the Depart­ment of Der­ma­tol­ogy at En­gle­wood Hos­pi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter. “Noth­ing will turn back the clock and make a 40-year-old look like a 20-year-old.”

Cer­tain over-the-counter skin creams have some ef­fi­cacy she says, but be­com­ing an ed­u­cated con­sumer and choos­ing wisely will save both time and money.

Short of get­ting a pre­scrip­tion from your der­ma­tol­o­gist for Tretinoin (Ren­ova), the only top­i­cal med­i­ca­tion proven to im­prove wrin­kles, look for over-the-counter prod­ucts with an­tiox­i­dants, which are said to re­duce free rad­i­cals that can in­jure skin.

Al­though you can cer­tainly spend more on pricey creams, reach­ing deeper into your wallet won’t nec­es­sar­ily trans­late into bet­ter re­sults.

Ac­cord­ing to En­gle­wood der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr. Michele Grod­berg, skin care starts and ends with sun pro­tec­tion.

“Sun­screen is preven­tive,” she says. “And what bet­ter way to avoid spend­ing money on ex­pen­sive creams than to pre­vent the prob­lem in the first place?”

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