Hello Dr Irwin, I worked as a cosmetic consultant for fifteen years. I saw products come and go. All with promises to make your skin young again. I found that with time the retional, hyluronic acids and good old vitamin c products did the most good. But still very little. Women seem to spend more than they realize at the counters over time with little to no change and as time goes by the appearance of age catches up . selling the upscale product to customers became very sad when i could see the wonder potions didnt help and most women would be back month after month adding one more product to he daily fight of the wrinkles and brown spots. I do believe a good diet and exercise actually proved more successful. I realize a good facial regime isn't a bad idea cleanse moisturizer and protect I am not saying not to do that but really in the long run save your money for a for a dermatologist to,do a treatment you will get more bang from your buck. All those little purses filled with freebies are a waste of time and of little or no benefit.
I have to say that I agree with you for the most part. In my opinion, products are VERY important part of prevention, but they really can’t do much to repair. The still proven and best are just what you said ………good basics like retinoids, high quality Vit C based serums, high zinc sunscreens, etc. Link to excellent products.
Diet, exercise, not smoking, not sunning and limiting alcohol (the drinkable type) all help immensely.
Over years though, these products – especially the sunscreen – will help preserve the quality of your skin. No product though can solve the problems of aging related to the volume loss that we all have. Only fillers can do that.
And, you’re correct that you’ll get more for your money with an good dermatologist if you have some repair work to do, than from a jar. More on products.