Watch Dr. Irwin's short video on which skincare products you should use to protect your skin.
Learn more about protecting your skin from Dr. Irwin’s expert skincare advice:
I really recommend that women spend their money on three areas. Anti-oxidants, vitamin e creams, retinoids, and then sometimes, cell-growth factors. Sunscreen is really the first line of defense for prevention. I mean, that UV… the little bit of UV every day, 365 days a year, really adds up. So, using a quality sunscreen and by that I mean, the ones that have at least 8 to 10 if not more, high percentage of zinc. Totally key. Many of my patients ask me about cell-growth factors, because they’ve been a hot topic in skin for the past few years. If you’re doing all the basics, and money is no object and you wanna add something else, go for it. It won’t hurt you, it will help, and the data –you know, there’s more and more research going on in this area.
As far as vitamins on the skin, topically, in addition to vitamin C, the vitamin A creams, they’re still a gold standard. Most everyone has heard of Renova, retin-A, and those are various forms of that there are many others now and often times called retinoids. Also, topical vitamins in the form of vitamin- B, niacinmai for example, has some good data behind it now being used, particular in combination with Hyaluronic acid as a moisturizer. Whether or not you will look younger with use of good skincare products, that depends a little bit on your age. Skin care products are best for prevention. You will look better with skincare products. You may even look a little bit younger, but you cannot take a decade off with skincare products and I think we all know that.