As time passes, skin shows natural, inevitable signs of aging which present as sun damage, brown spots, wrinkling, and a dull, uneven skin tone. The good news: there are many non-surgical procedures that can smooth fine lines and wrinkles, lighten brown spots, smooth uneven skin and produce a glowing result that makes your skin look as young as you feel.
Dr. Thompson believes prevention of photoaging is the place to start when attempting to improve skin appearance. Don’t purchase “anti-aging” products until you have committed to what Dr. Thompson terms “The Big 3” — the most effective skin preserving and enhancing techniques that will outpace fancy department store products by miles.
The Big 3 of Photoaging Prevention:
- Don’t smoke. It ruins the skin (as well as lungs and other organs) and ages the skin by decades.
- Use a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 every day. That means winter, summer, rain, shine, outside or inside. Long-wave ultraviolet A rays pass right through our Northwest cloud cover, as well as our car and house windows. While these UVA rays do not lead to a sunburn or tan, they are radiation, and damage skin cells leading to photoaging — not to mention skin cancer. Find a moisturizer with a texture and feel that you love with at least SPF 30 and make it a daily morning habit, like brushing your teeth. These moisturizers are now easy to find, and Dr. Thompson can point you toward several great, inexpensive products. See our collection here.
- Use a retinoid cream on your face at night. This derivative of vitamin A is scientifically proven to have a restoring and rejuvenating effect on the skin, evening and brightening skin tone and fading fine lines. It also has been shown to prevent pre-cancers! Dr. Thompson now carries her favorite well tolerated 5x Retinol Serum. Find it here.