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I get asked the same questions over and over again regarding skin care and sometimes I have no answer off the top of my head. Even researching a certain topic yeilds no satisfying result. And when this happens, I always turn to Dr. Jeannette Graf. She offers up her opinion which is the one I trust. Here’s a little Q & A with the well known dermatologist.
My friends and I wonder about the fact that our mothers have beautiful skin in their fifties despite not getting peels or using retinols or fancy skin care products. Basically, a bar of Dove and a little Oil of Olay and my mother has perfect skin.
How much is too much when we are trying to take care of our skin?
· Yes, our mothers did less and had beautiful skin. They didn’t have the overwhelming numbers of specialty products that we do and they don’t over-do, over peel, over exfoilate skin, etc.
Are we actually damaging skin by getting frequent peels or exfoliating too much?
· We can be – exfoliation should be gentle and we often scrub too hard and use chemicals which are too harsh.
Another popular topic is Botox vs. Juvaderm vs. Dysport. What is a good age to start with gentle injections and what, if any, are the side effects? What is the best way to treat “crow’s feet”?
· A good age to start is when you notice that lines are present while at rest – than Botox can be started. Botox is the best way to treat crows feet. Juvederm is a filler and therefore used to fill lines in the lower face such as nasolabial folds and lips as they lose volume.
What is better to use, natural products i.e. olive and sweet almond oil for skin, versus synthetic ingredients?
· I like naturals for skin.
Head over to Dr. Jeannette Graf’s website for more information on skin care.
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