A healthy skin regimen is important. Many of our patients benefit from a combination of a Retinoid cream (Replenish) + Elevase Moisture Booster. Elevase contains ceramides that work well to protect the skin and reinforce its function.
First, as is appropriate, I shall disclose that I am a consultant for Proctor and Gamble's Olay Division. That having been said, the accepted "gold standard" of anti aging creams, and the only one approved by the FDA, is tretinoin, a prescription derivative of Vitamin A.
In double blind studies, Olay Pro X was shown equivalent to tretinion over a 28 week course of treatment. Their deep wrinkle cream is very effective when combined with the
daily moisturizing sunscreen containing Niacin. The Olay ProX line of products is available over the counter in most pharmacies.
Published British Journal of Dermatology Vol 162 #3 March, 2010
been using moisturizers because their mothers and grandmothers and the
companies that make them told them to. This was started when we did not know
any better. In fact, moisturizers do two very bad things to the skin. First,
they tell the skin to stop making its natural moisture. This just makes the
problem worse. Secondly, you are adding weight to the thick dead layer of the
skin that, together with the thinned support layer, increases the incidence of
wrinkles. The proper treatment is to get rid of the thick dead cell (dead =
dry) layer of the skin and then let the normal skin make its own moisture. This
can be done with an alpha or beta hydroxyl in a cleanser or applied separately
daily, frequent microdermabrasion or frequent micro peels or a combination. The
skin should then have a pH balancer (such as Vitamin C Serum) applied and then
a sunblock that blocks both UVB (what they have traditionally blocked and what
SPF indicates is blocked) and UVA (blocked essentially by only avobenzone and
Zinc Oxide, the latter being the most practical). You may feel dry for a month
or so until the skin begins making its own moisture again, but your skin will