Oh, Happy Day! That’s what I said when the March 2008 issue of Allure arrived, complete with a feature on one of my all-time favorite dermatologists, Dr. David McDaniel. Dr. McDaniel is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Plastic Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School,. and Director of The Institute of Anti-Aging Research. He is a favorite dermatologist of mine due to the great amounts of research he conducts on cosmeceuticals and subsequently publishes in peer-reviewed scientific research journals. Here is an excerpt from the Allure article:
Dr. McDaniel’s To-Do-List for Great Skin
- Don’t smoke, and wear sunscreen.
- Watch out for fat. “There’s a growing understanding that both body fat and dietary fat are connected with inflammation…And there are some good studies suggesting a low-fat diet reduces the incidence of pre-cancerous skin lesions and also alters the skin’s response to UV damage.”
- Avoid or neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are caused by UV rays (both from the sun and tanning beds), pollution, cigarette smoke, pesticides, and other sources. McDaniel is a big believer in the power of berries, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables: “Each plant is a little chemical factory, and since we need to be defended against all the forms of free radicals, there is value in eating a variety.” Makes sense – eating and topically applying antioxidants has been found to be more effective than either method alone (full article here).
- Use products for 4-6 weeks before judging a product. “People think they can get results in three or four days. Ideally, I’d like patients to try skin products for six to eight weeks before they judge, but I know that doesn’t fly…so I tell the four to six weeks and hope they do four.” Dr. Kenneth Beer, a dermatologist in Palm Beach, agrees: “The complete benefit of skin creams won’t be visible until after a full cycle of skin-cell turnover to take place, at least a month.”
Dr. McDaniel’s Current Assessment of Skin Care Products
“The potency, the delivery systems, and the science have improved. But there are still a lot of products that are more invested in marketing and packaging than science.” (I, for one, couldn’t agree more.)
What Dr. McDaniel Sees for the Future of Skin Care
“In the next couple of years, we’ll see things like sound and radio waves that work on tissues under the skin and selectively destroy cellulite or elevate the eyebrows without a brow lift.” Exciting stuff indeed…
Five Anti-Aging Products Recommended By Dr. McDaniel
- Prevage MD. (shown above) “A superpotent antioxidant that contains idebenone.” According to Allure, McDaniel’s clinical trials have shown that idebenone use produces 38% improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Retin-A Micro. (A personal favorite of mine, too!) “Retin-A is one of the great anti-aging products; this is reformulated for improved delivery and strength.” Available by prescription only, but a proven great investment for the future of your skin.
- Priori Radical Defense SPF 30. “A great new concept, with sunscreen and the antioxidant Idebenone combined in one bottle.” Relatively hard to find, it is available from eBay for $74.99 plus shipping and handling.
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. (A personal favorite of mine, too!) “Another great antioxidant combination using stabilized vitamin C, which plays a key role in the formation of new collagen fibers. It tested really well for preventing sun damage.” (I used Skinceuticals CE Ferulic under sunscreen every morning for four years, and I swear by it. Only recently did I switch to Cellbone Technology C15ie Advanced Serum, for the addition of 5% idebenone and $35 less, but unfortunately also 5% less vitamin E. A full review of Cellbone Technology C15ie Advanced Serum will be on the site in about a month!)
- RevaléSkin. (A personal favorite of mine, too!) “It features CoffeeBerry, which has one of the highest and most potent mixtures of antioxidants.”
You have to love interviews with research dermatologists! I will try to recruit dermatologists for my own interviews in the future.
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