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Hero prod­ucts for firmer skin

AS IF SAG­GING SKIN IS GO­ING TO GET YOU DOWN!

For a so­lu­tion more po­tent than a cream, but less in­va­sive than a tra­di­tional face-lift, Dr. Pa­tri­cia Wexler has the an­swer. “I’m a great fan of Ulther­apy be­cause it works,” says the famed New York-based derm to the stars. The treat­ment uses ul­tra­sound wave tech­nol­ogy to en­cour­age col­la­gen pro­duc­tion (the build­ing blocks of plump­ness), and Dr. Wexler’s also sworn by it per­son­ally for a decade. “It’s a pre­cise non-sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure, the only one I know of where you can vi­su­al­ize the ex­act place­ment of the en­ergy and the level of skin where you’re plac­ing it,” she says.

Ap­plied to the neck, jaw­line, eye and brow area, the sub­tle re­sults de­velop slowly as the der­mis tight­ens and lifts for a struc­tural up­grade in­side and out. Any­one who has no­ticed a loss of elas­tic­ity — or wants to pre­vent it — is a can­di­date.

With costs rang­ing from $1,195 to $2,900 for a full face, it pays to pro­tect your in­vest­ment. “You have to use the right prod­ucts ev­ery day,” Dr. Wexler says. Broad­spec­trum sun­screen is im­per­a­tive and round­ing out a col­la­gen-boost­ing squad with in­gre­di­ents such as retinol, vi­ta­mins C and E, green tea, an­tiox­i­dants and pep­tides will keep things on the up.

ULTHER­APY IRL

THE PA­TIENT: Beth Thomp­son, Editor-in-Chief THE PRO: Dr. Shee­tal Sapra of ICLS Der­ma­tol­ogy & Plas­tic Surgery, in Oakville, Ont. “Think of this pro­ce­dure as a tool in your main­te­nance kit, rather than a full-on neck lift,” he says.

TREAT­MENT TAKE­AWAY: You feel a se­ries of zaps, like the snap of a rub­ber band (mild) to a nee­dle jab (worstcase sce­nario). It takes about two hours for the lower face/neck area, but there is no down­time. You can carry on with reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties but might ex­pe­ri­ence swelling, mus­cle sore­ness and bruis­ing, all of which I did.

CHECK UP: It takes six months to see full changes, though I can say one-month in that my skin is softer and more re­spon­sive to creams. A pep­tide-rich shot at re­duc­ing sag­ging lids, with no petro­la­tum, min­eral oil or sil­i­cone in sight. KORRES BLACK PINE ™D SCULPTING, FIRMING & LIFT­ING SU­PER EYE SERUM, Š –

De­signed to re­de­fine, a mi­croemul­sion sinks into deep lay­ers of the epi­der­mis. BIOTHERM BLUE THER­APY RED AL­GAE UP­LIFT IN­TEN­SIVE DAILY FIRMING CURE ”DAY VIS­I­BLE AG­ING RE­PAIR, Š•–

For­mu­lated to ac­tively en­hance skin’s ten­sion and vol­ume while deeply hy­drat­ing. LIERAC LIFT IN­TE­GRAL SCULPTING LIFT CREAM, Š

Equal parts re­fresh­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing, a cold foam melts into a firming gel. KATE SOMERVILLE TIGHT ‘N CRYO­GENIC TIGHT­EN­ING GEL, Š ‹

Root ex­tracts of gin­ger, gin­seng and rus­cus cre­ate a 99 per­cent nat­u­ral blend to help plump skin. THE BODY SHOP ROOTS OF STRENGTH FIRMING SHAP­ING SERUM, Š–

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