|The 0.05 strength retinoid I’m using now. The tube lasts for at least six months.|
If someone were to ask me: “What is the single best advice you can give me — from your hands-on experience, supported by the experts — about keeping my skin young, supple, glow-y and mostly line free (though not deep crease free)?”
Without hesitation I would reply: “Prescription strength Retin-A.” I know many of you are thinking, “what a fool she is, she should have said a sun protection product.” OK, other than that then.
When writing my book and interviewing dermatologists and plastic surgeons, without exception, each one told me that retinoids are the gold standard, the one thing we can do ourselves. They stimulate collagen production and aid in cell renewal. “It’s in all of our toolboxes,” one rock star surgeon told me.
The next time you see your dermatologist for a head-to-toe check-up just ask her (or him) to give you a prescription. If you have a meaningful relationship with your pharmacist, as I do with Christine, you just pop in and ask for it along with your Nuxe facial gommage, or whatever. . .
|Basically the same product from a different laboratory Christine told me. I finished this tube in December and delivered one to Andrea tucked into her Christmas stocking. Long term, it’s far more glamourous than one might think.|
Some women find retinoids to be too irritating and give up on them. You mustn’t. Gradually your skin will acclimate. To avoid the redness and flakiness, apply in thin layers and less often than every day. I use it five nights a week because after more than 20 years with my beloved tubes my skin accepts it beautifully.
|Remember, even the gentlest exfoliant should only be used once, maybe twice a week, followed of course by a serious moisturizer. As one aesthetician told me, “The skin only understands when you speak gently.”|
Here’s what you do if your experiences have been unpleasant: Use only two or three times a week, always at night because retinoids don’t like the sun, and stick to it, be patient. If you are really affected, first apply a simple moisturizer, wait for it to penetrate your skin and then apply your Retin-A or Renova.
Gradually you can add another night.
I promise you, from my two-decade plus usage and what the pros tell me they see with their patients, it’s worth it. Your skin will be smoother, brighter and maybe even a little tighter. Retinoids are not a facelift nor do they replace needle injected “helpers” but who cares? It’s DIY beauty with a major return on your investment of time and patience.