Friday, May 27, 2011


By the time a woman enters her thirties she most likely has become committed to numerous responsibilities in life. Whether for family or career, 30-something women are often rushing from dawn to midnight to meet other people's needs. But just as a career and family need special attention, so does a woman's skin and body. In this article series we will discuss various ways for a woman to look her best during this busy time in her life. 

Part 1  


Years of sun exposure and facial movement become visibly apparent during the thirties. As a woman ages, the collagen network that supports her skin can weaken and cause facial lines to form. Collagen gives skin strength and suppleness as well as an inherent ability to retain moisture, so as skin matures it may also become dryer.

Using moisturizing skin care products that contain exfoliating glycolic acids can help keep the skin looking fresh and decrease the appearance of fine lines. Retin-A is also useful in working to eliminate fine wrinkles, sun damage and age spots by continually sloughing off the outermost, dead layer of skin. Retin-A can be even more effective when used in combination with other treatments, such as glycolic acid or bleaching cream.

The downside of these products is that an area of skin previously sheltered from the elements is exposed. That's why a common side effect of Retin-A use is dry, sun-sensitive skin.. Though both of these side effects typically diminish with time, sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) is a must once you start using Retin-A. Some women find that Renova, which is Retin-A mixed with an emollient cream, is less irritating.

Botox is another treatment that works well for expression lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Botox, the trade name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, has been used by physicians for years to treat lazy eye and uncontrolled blinking. Botox works by weakening the muscles that control the facial expressions. Once the resting tone of these muscles are weakened, the pull of the muscles relax and the skin flattens out diminishing wrinkles. However, the results are not permanent and over the next three to five months the Botox gradually looses its potency, eventually restoring the muscle to its original condition. When this occurs another dose of Botox is administered to maintain the desired result.

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