Your road to youth starts with the best base—your skin. Ahead, three skin experts weigh in on the signs of aging and the things that can come to your rescue.
"For the face, early signs are sun spots or melasma (small patches of dark color)." —Dr. Vicki Belo
Prevent: "The best prevention is sunscreen—to help protect your skin from UVB (burning rays) and UVA (aging rays), as well as high-energy visible light, those that we get from being exposed to laptops, cellphones, and other gadgets."
SHISEIDO Multi Defense UV Protector SPF 50 PA+++, P2800, Zalora
Rescue: Dr. Belo says, "Drinking suppments like Belo Glutathione [helps] since it is an antioxidant."
Boost: Improve pigment distribution in your skin with a brightening serum.
CLARINS White Plus Tri-Intensive Brightening Serum P5550, Rustan's
2. Dry Skin
"Aging usually manifests in dryness and loss of elasticity." —Dr. Cecila Ramos-Bernad
Prevent: "Lifestyle is highly important," Dr. Ramos-Bernad shares. "Smoking, drinking, stress, and irregular sleep patterns definitely affect the rate your age. Taking care of your skin by keeping it moisturized is essential. Moisturizer should be part of everyone's regimen by now." Note that even those with oily skin are not exempt. Gel- or water-based variants hydrate without leaving skin feeling sticky in the heat and humidity.
CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, P1900, Rustan's
Rescue: Dr. Ramos-Bernad recommends radio frequency treatments: "Thermage and Intragen are among the most intensive. Ultrasound technology, like Ultrhera, contours and addresses sagging muscles."
Boost: For an intense dose of hydration before moisturizer, apply a hydrating serum.
AREUM Hydropower Serum, P4250, Rustan's
3. Fine Lines & Volume Loss
"One of the first signs of aging would be fine lines and loss of volume in some areas, causing sagging." —Dr. Anna Palabyab-Rufino
Prevent: According to Dr. Palabyab-Rufino, "Retinoic or glycolic acid can help delay the apperance of fine lines."
Try: "Antioxidants, such as vitamin C; moisturizers if your skin si dry; and retinoids, such as tretinoin creams and glycolic acid, are good ingredients that I use myself," she shares. Try Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Syncrhonized Recovery Complex II Serum, which contains a multitude of plant- and vitamin-based antioxidants.
ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Syncrhonized Recovery Complex II Serum, P4100, SM Megamall
Rescue: "The injection of botulinum toxin in minimal amounts can prevent and improve wrinkles in areas you would expect them to appear, such as the forehead and eye area."
Boost: Young or old, eye cream is essential to your existing regimen. Dab La Mer's The Lifting Eye Serum around the eye area. The micro massage applicator assists in lifting the skin to combat sagging brows and crow's feet.
LA MER The Lifting Eye Serum P13,600, Rustan's
*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's July 2016 issue.