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How To Control Your Fear Of Wrinkles

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 at 2:00PM

Yesterday we discussed rhytiphobia -- fear of wrinkles. If you are experiencing any signs of rhytiphobia, you might want to add Prevage MD to your skin care routine to control your fear. Four months ago, I added prescription-strength Prevage to my routine and I am suffering much less from fear of wrinkles.

Prevage is made by Allergan, the same folks that make BOTOX. Allure magazine named Prevage as a Best of Beauty Award Winner.

According to the Prevage MD Company Line:


"PREVAGEĀ® MD protects your skin from environmental stressors known to cause skin aging including UV light, air pollution, ozone, and cigarette smoke.
The antioxidative power of PREVAGE MD anti-aging treatment has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin roughness and
dryness, and to even skin tone to restore youthful-looking skin."

According to Dr. Andrew Scheman, MD, an associate professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Medical Center, as quoted in Prevention Magazine:

"Smaller-than-ever molecules make idebenone an agile, streamlined version of its chemical cousin, CoQ10. They can slip readily into dermal cells in the deepest layer of the skin, where they neutralize destructive free radicals."

Both the MD version and the department store version of Prevage contains idebenone (eh-DE-be-known). Idebenone is an antioxidant that has been found to effectively combat the signs of aging brought on by those nasty little factors such as age, sun damage, and smoking (I have two out of the three working against me).

It also has been used in some neurological diseases because of its powerful antioxidant effects. The prescribed formula contains 1.0 percent idebenone, which seems to cause skin irritation and itchiness in some women who have sensitive skin, and the non-prescribed formula contains 0.5 percent.

For four months, I have put on Prevage MD after I washed my face in the morning. I use Retin-A at night, and have for years, so my skin must not be extremely sensitive because I have never experienced skin irritation nor itchiness.

As to whether I have seen a significant difference, to be honest, I am not sure. I have always used some type of antioxidant, as well as Retin-A for two decades. Rhytiphobia is not something I suffer from because I realize there is only so much preventive maintenance a girl can do. So until beauty scientists come up with a stronger antioxidant for the skin -- maybe CoffeeBerry -- I will continue using Prevage MD.

Brains on Beauty: The non-prescribed formula, 1.7 ounces, is $150 from Sephora, while the prescribed formula runs around $120 for 1 ounce from your dermatologist. If you have sensitive skin, I would opt for the non-prescribed formula. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, choose the prescription-strength formula.

As always, it is recommended that you consult with a qualified professional about the most appropriate course of action for your rhytiphobia or preventive skin care measures.

Sources: Total Beauty, Allure Best of Beauty Products , Prevention
Image: Sephora


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