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Eat Well. Sleep Well. Exercise. Retinol.

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In this day and age, it’s not uncommon for folks to live to be 90 to 100 years old.  Given this fact, many people are starting to think more proactively about what they can do to maintain health and vitality should they live to be a centenarian. Similarly, they are thinking more about what they can do to take care of the skin they’re in – keep it healthy and youthful appearing over the long run (enter RETINOL!).

Visible aging (the appearance of getting older) is caused by two types of aging:

Chronological aging (the advancement of time) which results in skin that is thinner, less elastic and appears saggy.

Photoaging (accumulated exposure to UV radiation from the sun) leads to leathery reddened, pigmented skin initially then formation of wrinkles that deepen over time.  Thinning and skin laxity follow.

If you spent your entire life in a cave, your skin would be smooth and unblemished but would become somewhat saggy over time.  Therefore, almost all age-related change we see in our skin is due to UV damage.

Preventing and treating UV damage is the key to a long-term anti-aging skin care routine. This is relatively easy to do with a basic skin care plan.  At minimum this plan should include:

  1. Antioxidant – pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C serum (L-Absorbic acid) in the morning
  2. Sunblock – mineral sun protection with full UVA/UVB protection and a minimum of SPF 30 in the daytime
  3. Retinol at night

Retinol is perhaps the least understood component of this plan.

What exactly is retinol?

What does it do?

Are there different types and strengths of retinols?

What should I use for myself?

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