By Dr. David Lipschitz
Much research has been done on the prevention of wrinkling. I am always impressed by my wife’s beautiful, wrinkle-free skin. She is compulsive about sunscreen, always wears a hat and has never smoked. I thought her skin was the most beautiful I had ever seen (I am biased) until I met a female dermatologist whose skin, even more perfect than my wife’s, is blemish- and wrinkle-free. I asked her how she does it and what advice she would give all those women and, these days, men who wish to have perfect skin. Her recommendations were:
Avoid the sun and do not smoke. Sun exposure leads to wrinkles, blemishes and a high risk of skin cancer. Of particular concern is the explosion in the incidence of melanoma, a skin cancer that can be fatal. Similarly, the more you smoke, the worse your skin becomes.
Every morning you should wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Dermatologists’ favorites include Neutrogena for oily skin or M.D. Forte cleansing lotion. For dry skin, Dove, Cetaphil, Oil of Olay or Neutrogena gentle cleanser is preferred.
Always apply a moisturizer containing a sunscreen. Avoid waterproof products, those with more than 10 ingredients or those that are out-of-date. Favorite moisturizers are Olay Complete, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion or Clinique Super City Block. Whatever you use should contain either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
Every evening, you should wash with a gentle cleanser and apply a skin rejuvenation product such as M.D. Forte with glycolic acid, Oil of Olay Total Effects 7x with VitaNiacin or Neutrogena Healthy Skin.
Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book “Breaking the Rules of Aging.”