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Anti-Aging Remedies

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009

It's a fact of life that our skin ages along with the rest of our body, and at a certain point you begin to see it in your face. While we all must learn to accept this fact gracefully, there are ways you can slow down the aging process by making changes to your lifestyle and adopting a good daily skin-care routine.

There are two major causes of aging in your skin: lifestyle and genetics. Both of these can have a significant impact on the way you look. While unfortunately we can't change the genes our parents gave us, we do have a choice about our lifestyle. The lifestyle factors that affect the way your skin ages include sun exposure, smoking, nutrition, and of course, skin care.

There are several biological changes that happen in your skin as you age. First, the skin cells on the surface of the skin turn over more slowly. This leads to dullness, fine lines, rough texture, and loss of brightness. Second, the skin's natural moisture barrier breaks down. When this happens, the skin cannot hold onto moisture as well and becomes more dry and sensitive. Lastly, the skin's scaffolding -- the collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acids -- break down. This leads to sagging, loss of firmness, and loss of elasticity. Some also experience hollowness in the face.

There are several things you can do to fight the signs of aging. First, you should alter your lifestyle: Limit sun, quit smoking, eat correctly, and nourish your skin with everything it needs to protect itself and to correct the damage already done. Good skin care at home is the minimum that you should do, along with other lifestyle modifications. If you don't get enough results from this, you can move onto more aggressive treatments, such as lasers, fillers, and Botox. But good skin care at home is always No. 1. It prevents further damage, corrects current damage, and helps to maintain any treatments that are done professionally.

The skin's appearance is at its best when essential nutrients aid in stimulating and protecting skin cell activity. You should look for products with ingredients that address the factors of aging you are most concerned about: Omega fatty acids and vitamin B infuse skin with moisture, antioxidants such as vitamin E or lycopene and vitamin C fight free radicals to protect skin from environmental aggressors, and vitamin A boosts your surface-cell renewal for smoother, more even skin.

Daily use of sunscreen is crucial, and needs to become part of everyone's routine. Look for a moisturizer that contains a good sunscreen ingredient that covers UVA as well as UVB rays, such as products from Garnier's Ultra Lift Pro line. It's a complete range of products that address deep wrinkles and lack of firmness, while helping to protect the skin from further damage.

To lift and firm your skin, you can use a new treatment product such as Ultra-Lift Deep Wrinkle Roller. It is the first anti-aging massaging roller that works with a tightening lotion for best results on deep wrinkles. The roller ball gives you a relaxing massage as well as helps to increase penetration of the key ingredients and stimulate blood flow to the skin.

It's important to always moisturize your skin -- even if you have oily skin you must use a moisturizer! You should use something like the Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Cream with Pro-Xylane, Omega 3 and 6 and Vitamin A and SPF 20 -- the Vitamin A helps to smooth fine lines and dullness. It deeply hydrates and intensely firms the skin while protecting your skin from sun damage.

Finish your routine with an eye treatment. Eye treatments are important because your skin is thinnest around the eyes, and the area often shows signs of aging first. The Ultra-Lift Pro Dual Eye Cream is the first cream to address both the upper and lower lids with their own unique concerns. And remember, you'll see maximum results when you take care of your skin every morning and night.

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Special thanks to dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman for sharing this information. Special thanks to Garnier for giving their Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Cream and Ultra-Lift Deep Wrinkle Roller to our studio audience.