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Peels, Botox, Hyperpigmentation...getting the inside scoop for Gen Plussers!

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:13pm

One of the greatest challenges of being 50 plus is facing...well...our faces. Yup. We are aging and, unfortunately, it shows. Millions of aging boomers spend billions of dollars in pursuit of a more youthful appearance and we are all looking for the newest, the better, the best result. Well, today, I was invited, by Revolution Health, to join a small group of bloggers to interview dermatologist Diane S. Berson, M.D., a highly-regarded professor and practitioner. Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, she also has a private dermatology practice in New York City and is offers a wealth of information.

Revolution Health ( ) is the new health resource website founded by Steve Case, partly because of the difficulties he and his family faced during his brother’s battle with brain cancer.

The news conference call was, I have to admit, a lot of fun. I learned a ton (which, of course, I'll be sharing with you) AND it was recorded as a podcast. Here is the link to the podcast (you have to click on the grey Audio button), but there are a couple of pointers I wanted to share right away.

I had a few specific questions that I wanted addressed, and Dr. Berson gave great information. I'll be sharing information with you on dealing with hyperpigmentation (if you have "the mask" you'll want to be in the know), on what men are looking to correct or boost as they age, particularly for job search, and best protocols for daily skin health.

A couple of important pointers that I'll pass along right away.

1) Get a full body check by a dermatologist once a year. This is particularly important as we age due to so many years of sun damage and the dangers of skin cancer.

2) Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. The sun is one of the greatest contributors to premature aging. Your everyday regimen should include cleansing or toning with a salisylic acid-based product to cleanse your pores, application of a good, high SPF sunscreen, and a nightime application of a topical retinoid (for exfoliation). So cleanse, protect, exfoliate. Every day.

3) There is NO known, proven treatment for cellulite. Accept your cellulite. Accept your cellulite.

Stayed tuned. I'm sure I'll be writing more about Revolution Health in the coming months.

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