13 Anti-Aging Breakthroughs Dermatologists Need You to Know

While you can’t turn back the clock, these innovative products and procedures come pretty darn close


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Billed as “the original fractional skin-resurfacing treatment,” Fraxel laser treatments have proved their worth. “Not only does it lessen brown spots and reduce wrinkles, but it also targets actinic keratoses lesions, which are precancerous,” says Janet Prystowsky, MD. “Combining youth-boosting and therapeutic benefits is a win for sun-damaged baby boomers.” You might be interested to learn the 10 ways dermatologists turn back the clock overnight.

LovelySkin Luxe Brightening Gel

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Struggling with age spots? Joel Schlessinger, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, recommends LovelySkin Luxe Brightening Gel. It contains asafetida—a natural gum from the roots of Ferula species of herbs—which helps with hyperpigmentation; it also has patented proteinlike filaments called filaggrin that help speed up cellular turnover (with no irritation). “In my opinion, this is a truly novel product that has a unique way of exfoliating effortlessly, while evening tone and radiance.”

DefenAge Clinical Power Trio

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“This past year, some compelling evidence came out showing that defensins can stimulate stem cells to produce newer, younger skin,” notes Jennifer L. MacGregor, MD. What the heck are defensins? They’re proteins loaded with cysteine, and they also seem to protect against bacteria, fungi, and some viruses. DefenAge Clinical Power Trio leverages synthetically produced defensin peptides—plus niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and sea whip extract—to keep skin youthful. Find out 8 things people with perfect complexions always do before bed.

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