Scientists haven’t found a way to stop time, but they can slow it down. We asked doctors of all fields to offer up their personal anti-aging approach to help you wade through the sea of offerings.
A doctor who takes her own medicine
Tess Mauricio, MD, a Beverly Hills-based cosmetic dermatologist and CEO of MBeautyClinic.com, uses the treatment her clinic offers—the Time Machine Procedure, she says. The process incorporates a combination of cosmetic procedures, including micro-needling, growth factors, and laser resurfacing.
“This induces our own body’s natural healing process and creates a permanent reset of the aging process. It can address all signs of skin aging like wrinkles, saggy skin, eye bags, droopy eyelids, and pores!” she claims.
A smoothing effect
“As a plastic surgeon and someone who is in his early 50s, I do everything that I can to slow down the aging process, but do so in a way that makes me still look natural,” says Gregory Buford, MD, a plastic surgeon in Denver, Colorado. Like Dr. Mauricio, Dr. Buford relies on something he offers: “ThermiSmooth has been a lifesaver for the loose skin and wrinkles around my eyes.
I combine a series of treatments with micro needling and platelet-rich plasma to help tighten and firm this delicate tissue and keep me looking my very best.” On the flip side, check out these things dermatologists say you should never, ever do to your skin.
“One of my trade secrets is argan oil, the Moroccan fountain of youth, which I recommend to all my clients and I use every night,” says Gabrielle Francis, a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, and acupuncturist who helped the likes of Steven Tyler and Bruce Springsteen retain their youthful vigor.
“This multipurpose anti-ager is derived from the argan tree of Morocco. This oil is coveted because of its high level of essential fatty acids which protect and repair skin and hair. Argan is also loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant in neutralizing free-radical production and protecting cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.”
A night cream
“I like to incorporate a good over-the-counter retinol-based night cream into my skin care regimen,” says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, MD, MS, an internist and health expert. “Retinol can really be a big game changer for the appearance of your skin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that help maintain the integrity of the skin and keep it firm, plump, and vibrant. As we all get older, the production of collagen tends to slow down.
Retinol creams may help boost collagen production.” A 2015 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology concluded that after one-year of topical retinol use, patients’ photodamaged skin showed a significant improvement overall, decreasing the appearance of crow’s feet by 44 percent. Here are some other skin-care tips dermatologists use on themselves.