This article was originally published on July 14, 2015 in “Living Better 50” magazine.
By Marie Bertrand
As a microbiologist and skin expert having performed thousands of skin analyses over the years, I can say with conﬁdence that everybody ages diﬀerently and that not all wrinkles are created equal. Using a science-based, multi-faceted approach to skin aging will maximize success in our search for healthy, vibrant skin. Here are my top 10 science based skincare tips to ensure you have optimal skin at any age.
1. Practice intelligent exfoliation – Exfoliation is essential to achieve and maintain healthy skin, as it teaches the skin to renew itself faster, much like younger skin. It also boosts skin’s radiance and ensures that anti-aging active ingredients penetrate into the skin and work optimally to improve skin health. Marie’s favorite: Dermaquest Glyco Peptide Cleanser, Dermaquest Algae Polishing Scrub
2. Seek balanced hydration – People often think that keeping their skin well hydrated topically will reduce wrinkles. It might be true for 20 year olds with ﬁne lines, but as we get into our thirties, our wrinkles have a much deeper cause. Still, hydration is essential to healthy skin as we age as it plumps the skin and facilitates the penetration of active ingredients, leading to better anti-aging results. Marie’s favorite: Dermaquest Essential Moisturizer
3. Boost ﬁber production – As we age, ﬁbers like collagen and elastin become less abundant in the deeper layer of the skin, leading to ﬁne lines, wrinkles and lack of ﬁrmness. It is important to choose a multi-faceted approach to boost ﬁber production and replenish essential skin ﬁbers for tighter, ﬁrmer skin. Marie’s favorite: Dermaquest Peptide Line Corrector, Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D HydraFirm
4. Slow down ﬁber destruction – Boosting ﬁber production is important, but so is reducing ﬁber destruction. As we age, destructing enzymes called MMPs become more active in the skin and destroy our skin ﬁbers at a fast pace. By neutralizing these enzymes, we are able to preserve our skin ﬁbers longer.
5. Neutralize free radicals – Free radicals are unstable molecules that attack skin cells. In order to neutralize their action, we need to ensure we have antioxidants in our diet and daily skin care routine. Marie’s favorite: Dermaquest C Infusion Serum
6. Prevent glycation – Glycation is a complex phenomenon that can be simply described by the binding of a sugar molecule (ex: glucose) to a protein (ex: collagen in the skin), thereby forming a bond that prevents the structural protein (in this case, collagen) from properly doing its job. Staying away from sugars in our diet and using anti-glycation ingredients in our skin care will help minimize the negative eﬀects of glycation.
7. Fight inﬂammation – We know that inﬂammation from our diet, the sun and internal biological processes can cause skin aging. By having a topical anti-inﬂammatory (soothing, calming) eﬀect on the skin, we can minimize skin aging caused by inﬂammation, a process also called “inﬂammaging”.
8. Even out skin pigmentation – As we age, the cumulative sun exposure we experienced over the years starts to show: freckles, brown spots & age spots become visible as a direct result of sun exposure. By lightening, brightening and protecting the skin, we can achieve a more even complexion. Marie’s favorite: Dermaquest SkinBrite Serum
9. Maintain healthy stem cells – Stem cells are essential to healthy skin and must be taken care of to ensure their longevity and wellbeing. After all, they are at the root of all cells in our bodies, including the skin. By feeding the skin with plant stem cells, growth factors and vitamins, we ensure that our own skin stem cells will remain healthy and vibrant. Marie’s favorite: Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Complex
10. Use smart sun protection – The daily use of a sunscreen is mandatory for healthy skin. Sun protection is much more than “not getting a tan”. It helps protect skin ﬁbers, reduce DNA mutations, prevents inﬂammation, reduces the formation of free radicals & excessive pigment while oﬀering protection to our own skin stem cells. It is literally the perfect anti-aging complement to a solid anti-aging routine. Marie’s favorite: Dermaquest SPF30 with Zinc Oxide
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Marie Bertrand, a microbiologist and skin scientist, has worked for many years in the cosmetic industry to develop and teach training sessions on skincare and dermatology. In 2007, Marie founded SkinScience Clinic to bring a new vision to skincare in Canada. Marie develops integrated skincare routines customized to meet the unique needs of her patients. SkinScience oﬀers ethical and unbiased recommendations; develops skincare regimes based on scientiﬁc facts, sound clinical studies, and measurable results; and provides on-going support and education for all customers.