by Lindsey Grossman
With the New Year
comes new methods
off those laugh
lines and crow’s feet. Lured by celebrity
endorsements and pretty packaging,
it’s often difficult to discern which
products and treatments are worth
the money and which ones are leading
you on a wrinkle-free wild goose
chase. This isn’t a map to the fountain
of youth, but the following guidelines
clear up some common skincare concerns
and give you one less worry to
wrinkle your brow.
Before beginning any treatment,
it’s a good idea to consult with your
dermatologist or aesthetic physician.
A trusted doctor who specializes in
skincare can determine which course
of action is best for you, your skin
type, and your ultimate goals. Dr.
Donald J. Sudy, M.D., an aesthetic
physician with Evolve Medical
Associates in Charlotte, NC (formerly
ReGenesis Medical Spa & Wellness
Center), tries to get his patients on
a prescription strength Tretinoin.
Also known as brands Retin-A and
Renova, Tretinoin is a topical form of
vitamin A that helps your skin renew
itself. “The nice thing is, Retin-A or
Tretinoin is generic now, so it’s fairly
inexpensive,” Sudy explains, “With
$70-$80 you’ve got a product that’s
going to last about three months and
make a difference versus spending
$300 on something that feels
cosmetically elegant on your skin and
may not make such a big difference.”
Sudy also recommends PREVAGE
Anti-Aging Treatments to improve
the quality of the skin and help with
fine lines. Though not as corrective as
Retin-A, Sudy says the two work well
together. PREVAGE MD, the original,
stronger formula is available only
through your doctor’s office while
you can buy Elizabeth Arden’s
PREVAGE in department stores
and online. The active ingredient
Idebenone, found exclusively in
PREVAGE products, is one of the
most powerful antioxidants for
correcting and protecting your skin.
Pollution, stress, smoking and poor
diet all contribute to aging. Dr.
Sudy stresses the importance of
eating low-fat foods as well as fruits
and veggies rich in antioxidants.
Basically, treat your body and mind
well and it will literally show on
Then, there’s the sun factor.
“Retirees spend a lot of time in the
sun,” Sudy notes – more time on
the golf course, boating, and at the
beach. “As we age our skin health
starts to diminish,” he explains,
“especially with the sun exposure.
It’s not just what we’re currently
doing, but what we’ve accumulated
over our lifetime.” While you can’t
take a time machine back to last
July’s family beach vacation and
slather on the SPF 45, you can
make changes now. Altering your
daily routine to include sunscreen
and hats will help prevent further
damage to your skin.
If you’re looking for a drastic
difference but are afraid or simply
do not want to go under the knife,
places like Evolve offer several nonsurgical
options like Botox and filler
injections, and laser treatments.
Non-surgical procedures such
as these can carry you further
into your years with less risk for
nerve injuries and infections, plus
a significantly reduced recovery