Wrinkle treatments that work

People often ask how I manage to keep my skin in such great shape-it is healthy, unlined, supple and glowing. I am 37, and so far my face exhibits no signs of aging.

After reading numerous articles and studies on the subject, I created a simple, easy to remember algorithm of skin care that is supported by dermatologists and estheticians and so far has worked for everyone I know.

If you remember nothing else after reading this article, take away this formula:

Morning: antioxidants, SPF

Evening: cleanser, retinol

Both morning and evening: moisturizer

Ideally, you should cleanse your face in the morning, too, in order to wash off the remnants of the night cream and prep the face for what is to follow. Do not spend a lot of money on cleansers-it’s a rip-off. Ask any dermatologist, and they’ll recommend Cetaphil or Aveeno, both found in your local pharmacy. I cleanse my face with Cetaphil soap. It lasts several months and costs in the vicinity of $3.

Do spend money on antioxidant serums, however. Shortcuts don’t quite work here-it takes advanced (read: expensive) technology to suspend the right molecules in the right concentrations. One of the better ones is C E Ferulic by Skinceuticals. It costs over $120, but does work wonders. Idebenone is a great antioxidant, but the products are also pricey (check out Prevage by Elizabeth Arden). If you are strapped for cash, try little orange vitamin C drops by Lumene found at your local CVS.

Before buying a product, research it online. There are more antioxidant serums than stars in the sky. Idebenone, caffeine, vitamin C, acai berry, etc., etc. It’s enough to make your head spin. You need to find something that works for you. A good place to start is a Sephora store-their staff is knowledgeable, and they do a good job at recommending the right products. Just make sure you mention the words “antioxidant” and “serum.” Read the ingredient labels and ask questions.

For the next step, any moisturizer with an SPF works as long as it suits your budget and does not irritate your skin. Please do not settle for SPF15 if you are fair and live in the Southern parts of the country. I have very light, freckled skin, and live in the DC area. I don’t leave home without an SPF of at least 30 on my face. If you are planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, reapply the sunscreen every 2-3 hours. There are thousands of daily moisturizers with an SPF of 15 and up. Making a particular recommendation in this