Which beauty products really prevent aging?

February 2, 2010 4:04:48 PM PST
There are thousands of beauty products, but which ones really prevent aging skin?


  • NouriCel-MD helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and the overall tone and texture of skin

  • Rapidly smoothes and fills in fine lines

  • Strengthens the skin's natural ability to regenerate itself

  • Fights against environmental damage

  • Brightens and lightens age spots
Recommended product: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum
TNS Essential Serum is an unprecedented combination of the renowned growth factor formula, TNS Recovery Complex, in one chamber and APS Corrective Complex in the other. NOURICEL-MD, at 92.6% concentration, is the main ingredient in TNS Recovery Complex's potent skin treatment formula. It is formulated from naturally occurring growth factors, antioxidants, soluble collagen, cytokines and matrix proteins. TNS Recovery Complex has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish the appearance of age spots and dyspigmentation, improve skin texture, tone and elasticity, and reduce roughness and photodamage.

The other component of the Essential Serum is APS Corrective Complex, a potent mixture of antioxidants, peptides, and other innovative anti-aging ingredients. APS Corrective Complex promotes the skin's natural regenerative process. It strengthens the skin's natural ability to regenerate itself, fights against environmental damage, smoothes and tightens skin and lightens age spots.

Together, these products work synergistically to transform and regenerate your skin for a more youthful appearance. Ninety two percent of patients reported healthier and more youthful skin and a desire to continue using the serum. Ninety five percent of patients showed improved skin smoothness and softness. Ninety seven percent reported overall satisfaction with this product.

  • Repairs the effects of photo-damage: dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, leather-like skin and discoloration.

  • Unclogs out pores, eliminating acne before it starts.

  • Leaves the skin looking smooth, clear, bright and youthful.
Recommended Product: Obagi Tretinoin 0.1%
Tretinoin has been clinically proven to effectively repair photodamaged skin and eliminate acne. Obagi Tretinoin creams are used to treat fine wrinkles, dark spots and rough skin on the face caused by the sun's damaging rays. Tretinoin is the only prescribed treatment for acne and photo damaged skin that works at a cellular level. Obagi Tretinoin penetrates the skin and actually helps to correct the DNA found in the skin cells to correct photo damage. Obagi Tretinoin Cream has all the benefits of the stronger creams without the side effects.

  • Calms the skin

  • Reduces irritation and removes impurities

  • Mild, but effective
Recommended Product: SkinSpirit PhytoNutrient Foaming Cleanser
PhytoNutrient Foaming Cleanser, also called Sensicalm Gentle Foaming Wash, is a soap free gel wash that's popular with all skin types, particularly sensitive skin. It is infused with a powerful blend of phytonutrients including azulene, boswellia serrata chamomile, calendula and green tea extract. These ingredients calm the skin and reduce irritation as they remove impurities. This is a good cleanser for all skin types and is our best selling cleanser at SkinSpirit. It is mild but very effective. PhytoNutrient Cleanser is gentle enough to use after a resurfacing procedure, yet powerful enough to remove eye makeup.

  • Improves skin tone and texture.

  • Locks in moisture for hydration and plumping effects

  • Reduces water loss and enhances the skin barrier.
Recommended Product: NIA24 Intensive Recovery Compx
This rich cream delivers intensive moisture to help the skin repair itself. Skin is firmed, tightened and toned by ceramides, liposome's, and peptides. Brighteners reduce discoloration and antioxidants protect against free-radical damage. Intensive Recovery Complex helps to activate the skin's own regenerative powers. Skin looks fuller and firmer by locking in multi-level moisture, while minimizing transepidermal water loss. Continuous, deep delivery of Pro-Niacin strengthens the skin barrier. Pro-Nacin is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture and hyper pigmentation. Sodium Hyaluronate penetrates and locks in moisture for enduring hydration and plumping effects. Licorice Root Extract refines and brightens skin tone while barley and tomato complex improve hydration and reduce transepidermal water loss. A Liposome complex of vitamin A, C & E derivatives protects against free radicals and Ceramide 3 helps reduce transelpidermal water loss and enhance the skin barrier. Finally, Dermaxyl Peptide and Ceramide 2 stimulates repair, smoothes lines and helps to restore the skin barrier.

  • Prevents premature signs of aging and corrects existing photo damage

  • Divides and conquers the range of reactive oxygen species (ROS) throughout the skin

  • Prevents cell mutation by shielding skin's DNA

  • Accelerates cell turnover

  • Boosts skin's support structure

  • Inhibits UV-induced discolorations
Recommended Product: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF
Phloretin CF® represents a new class of preventive and corrective topical antioxidant treatment. After five years of extensive research, SkinCeuticals developed this patent-pending breakthrough technology combining the newly-discovered, broad-range power of Phloretin with vitamin C and ferulic acid in a biodiverse formulation to divide and conquer sources of damage at every level. Phloretin CF®, a broad-spectrum treatment, protects against not only free radicals, but the range of other reactive molecules known to cause damage and DNA mutations among the integral cell types. In addition, it corrects existing damage by stimulating the synthesis of essential proteins and fibers and accelerating cell turnover. The result - a strengthened support structure on the inside and a more youthful, firm, radiant appearance on the outside.

  • Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB protection

  • Soothes and heals the skin

  • Scavenges free radicals

  • Physical sun block

  • Advanced liposome technology repairs and prevents DNA damage from UV and environmental oxygen radicals

  • Absorbs quickly without leaving a white residue

  • Application is smooth and silky on the skin

  • Safe for post-professional treatment

  • Safe for children
Recommended Product: DermaQuest Zinclear
DermaQuest Zinclear is a physical sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide that absorbs quickly without leaving a white residue on the skin. Broad spectrum coverage protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays while antioxidants provide the skin with further protection. The soothing and healing benefits of Zinc Oxide makes this sunscreen an excellent choice for sensitive skin types and for use during a professional treatment series.

About Lynn Bartels, N.P., R.N. Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Lynn Bartels has been a nurse practitioner and clinical educator for over 16 years. Recognized as an expert in the field of facial rejuvenation, she has appeared on television and writes a beauty column for a nationally published bridal magazine. She has a very busy practice in non-surgical aesthetics; specializing in BOTOX Cosmetic, facial contouring with dermal fillers, Thermage, and IPL.

Lynn was a graduate of Harbor-UCLA nurse practitioner program in adult medicine and women's health and has also completed extensive certifications and training in all areas of facial rejuvenation. Lynn is a designated clinical trainer for Medicis and the Allergan corporations and has been one of the leading BOTOX®Cosmetic and dermal filler trainers for over seven years. Lynn's extensive knowledge and talent with cutting edge, safe, non-invasive, minimal downtime anti-aging treatments have given her a reputation as one of the most trusted and skilled aesthetic practitioners in the bay area.

Lynn is personally and professionally committed to the art and science of cosmetic rejuvenation. Lynn's philosophy is: "everyone deserves to be as youthful and radiant outside as they feel inside." Her clients have even said, "I left feeling better about my outer self than I have in years-and I mean it. Your skill is unparalleled, and your artistry is amazing. I love your work?you've taken ten years off my appearance."

About SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic & Spa - Palo Alto and Walnut Creek
Designed from the ground up to provide top level professional services. SkinSpirit's first location, located in the heart of Palo Alto, California, opened in 2003 and was the area's first true medical spa. SkinSpirit was proud to open their second location in the vibrant community of Walnut Creek in September of 2008.

In keeping with our mission to educate consumers about the best skincare options, SkinSpirit also offers a retail and education area with both written and multi-media content to help visitors understand our non-surgical cosmetic offerings and the benefits of our physician-designed facials and body treatments. Complete with descriptions, frequently asked questions and before and after photos, visitors will be able to get an understanding of what the non-surgical treatments entail and their results. A one-on-one consultation with our medical staff will complete the education process: We believe an informed patient, with realistic expectations, will be most satisfied with our treatments and results.

Visitors to SkinSpirit also have the opportunity to browse our SkinSpirit's retail area and check out their extensive array of luxury and medical grade products screened and selected by their expert medical staff.
Website: http://www.skinspirit.com