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Antiaging Skin Care

How to Stop Time...
Antiaging Skin Care
for the Face and Body

Aging is said to be the great equalizer because people, whether born beautiful or average-looking, do succumb to time --- they wrinkle and sag. Add to that the stress and sun exposure we are constantly expose ourselves to can definitely fast forward time, making us look older than we actually are.

That's why keeping looks intact and taking preventive measures is a must to prevent pre-mature aging. Here we give you a rundown of tried and tested products to keep lines, wrinkles and age spots at bay:

For the Face

Hollywood celebs swear by Crème de la Mer (P5,500), a mixture of natural components like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and its key ingredient, sea kelp, manufactured through means of bio-fermentation which preserves and strengthens its organic ingredients.

Want to get rid of laugh lines without going under the knife? After the succces of Avon's Anew Line and Wrinkle Corrector, it now introduces Anew Deep Crease Concentrate with Bo-Hylurox, a state-of-the-art wrinkle smoother that lets women skip the needles and takes the meaning of the "at-home treatment" literally.

It is a topically applied concentrated serum, that incorporates two highly effective injectables, Restylane and Botox. The relaxing power of Botox and the filling components of Restylane are brought together for optimal wrinkle-fighting results. A week's use diminishes the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead.

La Prairie's anti-wrinkle firmer, the Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Firming Serum (P8,500), contains apple extract and Retinol Complex firms that lifts and helps tighten skin. Its Cellular Radiance Cream (P26,500) boasts of being the first skin care product to use crystals and reflecting pigments to make the skin's luminosity look as if it comes from within.

Shiseido's Future Solution Total Revitalizing Cream (P10,500), the ultimate anti-aging cream. Its patented marine capsule emulsion contains jelly sea-like algae which has hydro-infusion complex (a rich invigorating hydrator that replenishes epidermal moisture, which is maintained for hours). Another key ingredient, that chai hu extract, effortlessly succeeds in boosting collagen production and tightening the collagen network).

Sisleya Global Anti Age Cream (P12,000) has a complex of Oligo-Elements, as well as other vitamins, that rebuild the structure of the skin to form a better barrier against environmental aggressors. Its secret ingredient is the Chinese mushroom shiitake, long considered an elixir for long life; therefore, infusing its extracts in skin care reinforces skin's natural defense properties.

Phytomer Ogenage Global Cellular Renewal Anti Aging Cream (P5,350) claims to be the first Global Anti Aging Booster, which improves collagen production, elastin fibers and cellular cohesion. It contains marine spring water (a secret ingredient, known for its exceptional anti ageing properties), hydrating skin, protects skin with its oxygenating and antioxidant effects and activates skin's restructuring and firming abilities.

After the success of its Age Release Serum, Awake introduces it latest, the Awake Skin Renovation Concentrate Serum (P4,250) that tackles the problem of "stress aging," which results to induce fine lines, sagging, dullness and similar skin problems.

The formulation uses effective natural extracts including Poria, a herbal medicine made from a certain mushroom that revitalizes cells, promotes metabolism and moisturizes the skin; Majoram, which promotes production of baby collagen and normalizes processing function; and Potentilla, which has an astringent effect, cell revitalizing effect and antioxidant effect.

Use it as a last step to your skin care regimen in the morning and evening. The Skin Renovation Series includes cleansing and washing products: Skin Renovation Cleanse and Skin Renovation Wash.

Lancome Resolution Advances Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate corrects existing wrinkles and helps prevent future wrinkles. One of its main ingredients, Resistine, acts like an "absorber" of skin contractions and promotes the production of collagen fibres, reinforcing the dermis to improve its elasticity and resistance. It's Skinfibre formula visibly smoothes surface wrinkles with a visual filling effect.

For daytime, use Primordiale Optimum Day Cream with Thermo-Control SPF 15 (for normal to dry skin) to counteract the cumulative effects of UV rays, free radicals and variations in temperature. At night, use Primordiale Optimum Nuit, a smooth and light skin regenerating cream.

Clinique Repairwear Deep Wrinkle Concentrate for Face and Eye (P2,800) fights wrinkles at their base, where skin cells are compressed and weak. Prompts skin to steer hearty cells to the base of the wrinkle and jump-start natural collagen production. Apply twice a day, follow by your regular moisturizer. Works well with Repairwear Intensive Night Cream and Repairwear Day SPF 15 Intensive Cream.

Shiseido Future Solution Total Revitalizing Cream fortifies skin, strengthens the collagen network, counteracts wrinkles and improves firmness.
Shu Uemura Beta G Booster (P5,500/set) contains collagen that plumps up the skin by firming and restructuring broken down cells from the inside. The result? A natural face lift.

Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair (P2,600/1 oz) helps repair the look of past UV and environmental damage. Clinically proven to reduce the look of wrinkles by up to 40% while it neutralizes up to 90% of skin-damaging free radicals. By night, it uses the body's natural rhythm of renewal to help repair visible signs of aging and speed recovery from UV and environmental damage. By day, it neutralizes environmental irritants before they can affect skin's appearance.

Apply several drops all over face and throat after cleansing, AM and PM. To correct the look of deep wrinkles without lasers or injections and combat age spots, try their Perfectionist Correcting Serum with Poly-Collagen. Like an invisible liquid bandage, this concentrated, silky serum immediately fills in wrinkles with a flexible elastomer.

Christian Dior has also come up with its own line of antiaging skincare, Christian Dior Capture, that claims to reduce wrinkles by 60% in one hour. The line includes: Extra Vital Restoring Serum (P2,750); R-Lotion Wrinkle Pre-treatment lotion (P1,590) and the Ultimate Wrinkle Cream in Rich Texture (P2,350).

For a cheaper alternative, try Nivea Visage Q10Plus Face Care System which includes an Anti-Wrinkle Q10Plus Night Cream, Oil Free Day Lotion with SPF 15 which repairs fine lines and wrinkles and Eye Zone Crème which regenerates skin around the eyes.

For the Body

Over the years, the skin accumulates fine lines, deep wrinkles and age spots. Turn back the years with La Prairie's powerful age repair system. It's Age Management Body Lotion (P2,600) is a vitamin-enriched, lightweight lotion which restores youthful texture by hydrating skin and encouraging exfoliation.

Luxurious age-fighters which contain natural ingredients that moisturize, energize and nourish skin such as Murad Vitamin C Firming Cream (P1,700) and Infusion System (P5,000) provide a powerful antioxidant protection that restore moisture and firmness to skin.

Constant exposure to intense violet rays of the sun harms skin, causing dryness and discoloration. Squibb Vitamin E Cream (P512) lightens blemishes, nourishes dry skin and counters the damaging effects of sunlight and pollutants.

French skincare expert Guinot Institut Paris has an antiaging line for age groups from 25 to 55. For the twentysomething, there's Guinot's Ultra UV sunscreen, which as SPF 30 that offers triple protection from the sun.

For those in their 30s, there's Guinot Beaute Neuve Treatment to remove those superfluous cells and help skin breathe again. By 40, the skin loses elasticity, Guinot offers its Liftosome treatment, a thermal facial that regenerates the skin leaving it firmed and glowing.

Then there's Guinot's Youth Repair Skin Cream to repair skin imbalance and reduce the effects of premature aging through a reinforced anti-free radical action. For those in their 50s, there's the Age Logic Cellulaire to reactivate skin cellular energy. Guinot skincare products are available at Guinot centers and online beauty or skin care shops.

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