Last week, I went to the dermatologist for the very first time and wanted to share what I learned about anti-aging. As a teenager, I had HORRIBLE acne, but some Asian parents don't feel that bad skin is a medical situation.
Anyway, I figured that I'm getting older and that starting on a more serious skin regiment earlier rather than too late is always best. :)
My skin is in fairly good shape now. I have some slight discoloration on the sides of my face from acne and sun exposure, and also have the occasional break out. It would also be considered as oily.
So, my main concerns were acne and anti-aging.
For anti-aging, he told me there were three products that made a huge difference.
1. Sunscreen everyday- preferable 35 SPF or higher with Helioplex like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 45, 3 Ounces
2. Retin A- good for acne, glowing skin and anti- wrinkle
The sunscreen part is super easy because there a lot of options that you can pick up at the drugstore, and it's fairly inexpensive.
Retin-A is a bit harder to acquire; you have to have a prescription for it. But, if you do, I want to share a great coupon with you HERE. One of my co-workers told me she pays $120 after insurance pays part of it! That's a lot! With this manufacturer's coupon I showed her, she can get it for only $20! She had no idea. :D
The TNS Essential Serum was $250 if I bought it from the doctor's office. Needless to say, I didn't... You can get it at a deep discount -->SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, but it's still pretty expensive. I think I'll wait until I'm a little older before I start spending that kind of money... but great reviews on the product!
The dermatologist also let me know that spending lots of money on facial cleanser is a waste. Facial cleansers are not as important as a good cream, serum or moisturizer.
Lastly, if you have dry skin on your body, look for lotions with the ingredient Urea in it or even Urea creams. It is the best at locking in moisture!