|Facing the Future
Team a healthy diet, plenty of rest and relaxation with your best anti-aging options
The 20s: defence tactics
Bad habits haven’t caught up with you yet, so count your blessings and practise preventive skin care to coax brighter, healthier skin in your future.Sun protection. It’s the most effective antiaging strategy. This means wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, plus hats and protective clothing, according to dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of Toronto’s DLK on Avenue.
FLARE’s pick: Olay Complete UV Defense SPF 30 Lotion, 75 mL, $20.
Microdermabrasion. To de-clog pores and remove dead, dulling skin, Dr. Kellett uses a very gentle technique incorporating a diamond-encrusted tool to add sparkle to the complexion. Done once a month, you’ll maintain a healthy glow.
Intense pulsed light treatment. This 20-minute dnovor’s procedure fades freckles and sunspots, as well as reduces pore size.
Fillers. Too many nights of partying can worsen dark circles under the eyes. Dr. Kellett uses fillers such as Revanesse to erase them.
The 30s: the first signs of aging
You may see not only your first grey hair but fine lines around the eyes, forehead or mouth, too. These dynamic wrinkles (ones caused by repeated movement of facial muscles) become more visible. Treatments, combined with healthy habits, can hold back the years.Antiwrinkle cream and sunscreen. It’s not too late to go on the defence, though dermatologist Dr. Paul Cohen of the Rosedale Dermatology Centre in Toronto cautions that products shouldn’t be too rich or breakouts could occur.
Botox injections. By relaxing the muscles at the site of a wrinkle, fine lines can be eradicated temporarily.
Chemical peels. The signs of sun damage (freckling, sunspots and uneven complexion) become less visible after applying an acid-based solution.
The 40s: holding back the years
From eyes to lips, this is the time to rewind your skin back a few years and recapture a youthful look. If your skin reacts to retinol and glycolic acid, try a formula with peptides to help reduce wrinkles, such as NeoStrata Wrinkle Repair, 30 mL, $60.Botox. In the old days, a brow lift was a surgical procedure. Dr. Chaim Goldberg of the Goldberg Centre for Vision Correction and Cosmetic Surgery in Toronto points out that, now, it can be done with Botox injections to reduce lines around the eyes and forehead.
Fillers. Injections of temporary and permanent fillers (such as Artecoll) can treat fine wrinkles and deeper furrows, such as frown lines. A combination of fillers and Botox yields good results. Cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Mulholland of SpaMedica in Toronto has developed a 30-minute nonsurgical face-lift using fillers. He sculpts the face by injecting the filler, between the muscle and the bone, to restore volume lost with age.
Deeper peels and laser resurfacing. These procedures help erase sun damage and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
50 plus: antiaging strategies
Efforts to reverse the signs of aging launch into full swing now, as skin texture changes and thins, elasticity suffers, gravity kicks in and fat loses volume and drops in some areas, producing jowls and loss of neck definition.Face-lift. “Techniques have changed,” says Montreal-based plastic surgeon Dr. Gaston Schwarz. “A face-lift isn’t just a skin operation. It’s now done at a deeper level where fat is repositioned. The procedure can be done in-office under local anesthetic and sedation. The result is you look better, not different, after two weeks of recovery time.”
Fillers. “They work especially well for filling out thin lips, a by-product of aging,” he says.
Dermabrasion. “It’s an old technique, but it works wonderfully for smoothing out lines and wrinkles,” Dr. Schwarz explains.
FLARE’s pick: Chanel Précision Sublimage: Essential Regenerating Cream, 50 mL, $325. It boasts extract of vanilla planifolia, a green fruit native to Madagascar, to increase density and increase skin radiance. It’s a one-stop antiaging cream—no separate serum or night cream required.
FLARE’s pick: Biotherm Age Fitness Power 2 SPF 15, 50 mL, $54, with antioxidant olive-leaf extract, won’t clog your pores.