It seems that every girl is on the hunt for that one magical formula that will transform her face into a perfect, youthful masterpiece. We scour through magazines, do hours of online research and, of course, consult with our besties in hopes of getting our hands on that skin-perfecting potion. MDC girls are on a similar search and we decided to skip digging through countless articles, and instead, get our information straight from horse’s, er dermatologist’s, mouth. We asked New York-based dermatologist Adam Friedman, M.D. what product he recommends every woman keep in her skincare arsenal. Check out what he had to say!
Give Me an A!
According to Dr. Friedman, every woman should use a vitamin A-infused serum or cream to keep wrinkles and other signs of aging at bay. “Of all the age-defying agents out there, the vitamin A derivative (retinoic acid, retinol, retinoids) have the most science and support to back up their claims,” he says.
The beauty of vitamin A is that it addresses a wide variety of skin issues. “These products instigate a broad range of effects on the skin, including increasing the production of collagen and elastin, as well as decreasing inflammation and regulating skin-cell turnover. They can also reduce fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and rough skin associated with sun exposure,” he says. As if that wasn’t enough to have you running to your nearest beauty supply store, vitamin A- and retinol-infused formulas can also help minimize the appearance of pores and address acne and blemishes. Yes, please!
There are many ways you can incorporate vitamin A into your beauty routine, but it is most commonly used in the evening. Try a retinol- or retinoid-based serum or cream right before you hit the hay and allow it to work its magic on your skin as you sleep. These vitamin A-derivatives are pretty potent and it’s recommended that you start by using the product once or twice a week and gradually increasing the frequency to a nightly basis.
While retinol products can be used during the day, sunscreen is a non-negotiable as this anti-aging ingredient can increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Dr. Friedman also notes, “initially, these products can be irritating, causing redness and flaking due to that fact that they are literally changing the biology of the skin.” So don’t fret if you see a little red, as you’ll be seeing perfection not too soon after!