Now Magazine - May 30 - June 5, 2013
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Now Magazine - May 30 - June 5, 2013

When lines aren’t fine

By Elizabeth Bromstein

Wrinkles should denote wisdom; too bad everyone pines for smooth skin

All children, except that Peter Pan dude, grow up. Then they get old. And wrinkly.

Crow’s feet, laugh lines, frown lines. We all get them, provided we live long enough. The pathology is that those creases, which start in our 20s and signal a deepening of our life experience, are a source of dread fed by an ageist media system.

The imperative to resist aging is not only a massive time- and resource-waster, but it devalues the kind of wisdom that actually takes time to accrue. And really, all that lifting and freezing doesn’t make Nicole Kidman or Julia Roberts look younger – just weirder.

We should probably learn how to love the way we look at any age – or better yet, find more important things to care about. But not everyone can be a pioneer. I can’t – yet. In the meantime, here are some tips.

What the experts say

“Limit sun exposure. Wear a hat and SPF 30 sunblock every day. I recommend skin-tightening procedures for wrinkles on the lower face. Thermage uses radio frequency to tighten collagen. Then you can get into injectable fillers. A 20-minute session can reduce wrinkles by up to 95 per cent. For expressive wrinkles like frown lines, use BotoxRetin A and retinol used topically – a solution or serum of 1 per cent or higher – cause collagen-remodelling underneath the skin and are useful in treating photo-aging. Collagen and elastin molecules are big, so it’s hard for them to be absorbed into the skin, which is why creams containing them do very little. Diet provides the building blocks of collagen – fruits, carrots, dark leafy vegetables, vitamin C and protein.”

DR. LISA KELLETT
Dermatologist, DLK on Avenue
Toronto

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