(This list is from Lisa Espinoza at New Hope’s La Chele med-spa in December 2017’s issue of Philadelphia Magazine. It’s so good I wish we had written it! Great job Lisa, this is wonderful information that is ALL so true!)
- Different parts [of your face] need different stuff.
We engage the muscles around the eyes more than the rest of the face. If the skin on your face is like wrapping paper, then the skin around your eyes is like tissue paper.
- You don’t have to look like a Real Housewife.
With all of the noninvasive technology that exists now, you shouldn’t go under the knife until you have exhausted all other options.
- Some treatments give you more bang for your buck.
If it’s upper face wrinkles, then I suggest Botox; for lower face wrinkles, opt for dermal fillers. And if you have brown spots and visible blood vessels, you want a high-quality IPL laser.
- Your diet affects your skin.
The healthier you eat, the fewer inflammatory free radicals there are in your skin. Foods high in vitamins C and E and omega-3 are the most studied ones.
- All that frowning and brow-furrowing really does cause wrinkles.
The more those muscles contract, the more they permanently etch wrinkles into the skin.
- It matters how you apply your moisturizer.
You want to pat the products on, moving from the midline up and out towards your ears.
- Find a provider who’s legit.
A reputable injector doesn’t have to use Groupon. Always ask to see before and after photos of previous patients. Verify that your treatment provider is board certified, and actively involved in the medical world.
- Not all products are created equal.
When it comes to sunblock, I don’t think drugstore products have incorporated a lot of the advances I see in medical-grade products, like infrared protection and tinted mineral powders.
- There’s a middle ground between moisturizers and injectables.
Consider light exfoliating treatments [such as Clear + Brilliant and/or chemical peels] that will help reduce pores, fine lines, and superficial hyperpigmentation.
- You don’t need to do Botox forever.
If you try it once and don’t like it, the effects go away. Botox is like a “yield or stop” sign: It slows the progression of aging during the time period in which you use it.