To move forward with my anti-aging make-over I need to partner with a dermatologist. When I asked Dr Laser about different options, his answer for everything was a TCA peel. This is an expensive and extensive treatment that leaves you bright red and swollen for weeks. It usually reserved for heavily lined skin with widespread sun damage. Since I hate pain and have just seven, count ’em seven sunspots, I felt that TCA was overkill.
I found a great new partner in a young dermatologist with impressive academic credentials and who is pretty enough to model. She looks like she is in her late twenties and actually just turned age 40. This is a dermatologist who clearly walks the walk. My original game plan was to (1) use Retin A to refine the surface,(2) laser my freckles and then(3) plump up smile lines with a filler like Juvederm. My new doctor liked the steps but suggested that we deal with the freckles now. She explained that the lasers work best on darker spots and Retin A tended to lighten freckles. So, in a few weeks my freckles will be history.
Extracted from coffee beans, caffeine may offer some pretty heavy duty beauty benefits. Studies have shown that it can repair sun damaged skin, reduce inflammation and shrink swollen blood vessels. It is this feature which makes caffeine helpful for reducing puffy eyes. Tea also has significant amounts of caffeine which is why a cold wet tea bag is a time honored treatment for under-eye bags.