10 smart answers to problematic skin conditions that affect women at every age.
Read on to see Dr. Diane Madfes’ input on skin topics like acne, spots, dark circles and the best products to treat them!
Dr. Madfes is an expert dermatologist in New York and special consultant for Garnier Skincare products and I recently had the pleasure of speaking to her. She shared with me her knowledge and smart tips and now they are all yours so you can treat your skin better.
With proper care and a steady beauty routine you will see brighter, softer and radiant skin when you look at yourself in the mirror!
Uneven skin tone
1. What are effective products and routines to follow to prevent uneven skin tone from a very early age?
Uneven skin tone is the result of increase melanin in the skin. Uneven skin tone is a normal part of aging skin and the body's response to inflammation. Inflammation can heal with darkness. I.e. acne , reactions to over aggressive product use to name two. Forming a daily regimen is an important first step. 1) mild exfoliation try Garnier Clean+ Balancing Daily Exfoliator with pomegranate 2) photo protection meaning a moisturizer with SPF. Try Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Anti-Sun Damage.
2. Any new ingredients or creams that can do the trick at home effectively?
Products with antioxidants like Vitamin C and Grape Seed Extract to help decrease melanin production.
3. How soon should we start to use eye cream to protect this delicate area?
Most people notice in their 20's fine lines start to appear around the eyes. This is an excellent time to start. Repeated squinting and smiling break down our collagen in this delicate skin area.
4. Any advice to combat dark circles? Dark circles are caused by many factors, genetics being a large part.
Causes: 1) the skin folds (wrinkling or one's anatomy and you see shadows), 2) underlying medical conditions such as eczema and 3) prominent blood vessels under the eyes contribute a bluish hue, adding to the darkness
5. Can you treat it with anything other than creams?
You can treat with retinol creams to tighten the collagen in loose under eye skin. Use sun protection to decrease additional damage but to prevent additional darkening/tanning. Hydrated skin also looks better . Try Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector. Applying a daily moisturizer will also plump out that area under the eyes. If topicals aren't giving you enough improvement - laser and chemical peels can address the darkness. Also adding a filler of hyaluronic acid under the skin will decrease the shadows.
6. Why do mature women still have to fight with acne?
Hormonal changes still occur in mature women one of the causes of acne. Additionally mature skin has decreased cell turnover time. The sebaceous glands do not empty their contents and sebum builds up. Acne is a bacteria that lives in the sebaceous glands. The problem is not only the acne but the dark spots it can leave behind. Products with Vitamin C like the Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector which helps to fade these marks.
7. What causes acne at such a stage in life?
(See above). Also, those annoying red bumps may also not be acne but a form of rosacea that we see in older women. This is an inflammatory reaction. It's triggered by UV exposure, stress and died. I.e.: red wine, nuts, spicy foods. Inflammation also occurs around hairs which also increase on the face as we age.
8. Please advice on any treatments and at home care alternatives to keep it under control.
Wash with a daily exfoliation. Ingredients like charcoal and salicyclic acid will exfoliate plus keep the skin smooth. Use a cleanser that will leave moisture behind. Try Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil.
9. What's the best way to treat fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging?
Aging and wrinkles occur from internal factors-normal slow down of collagen production and repeated use of muscles with overlying skin changes. External factors play a role as well: foods we eat, the amount of sleep, exposure to environmental factors, UV and pollution. Start treating by Take care of your skin everyday. CLEANSE, TREAT, PROTECT!
10. What key ingredients should people look for in their products?
Ingredients like Pro Retinyl, Vitamin C and a good hydrating base (i.e.: glycerin, hyaluronic acids). To prevent future damage with UV protection everyday try Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Anti-Sun Damage.
Thank you Dr. Madfes for such an interesting conversation!
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