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Anti-aging Breakthroughs
We continue to present the
second of a three part series on the top anti-aging scientific breakthroughs to help in your quest for your best skin ever. In the first part, we mentioned
Nano-encapsulation Technology and Fractional Lasers. Here are the next two
Dermal Fillers

nothing is more gratifying for patients than having an immediate correction of wrinkles
after a filler injection.
Dermal filler injection is one of the most popular procedures at
SkinStation. We can use dermal fillers to volumize any part of the face, to
sculpt a more natural youthful look without surgery. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, volumizing of cheeks, and filling up lines in nasolabial folds are among the most popular procedures. These fillers have
effects lasting for one year, with new variants claiming to last up to 2 years. But the
benefits go beyond these timelines. These fillers can lead to robust increase
in collagen production for longer lasting anti-aging results. 

Since 1981, bovine collagen was used as dermal filler, with effects lasting for only 3 months. The breakthrough came in 2003 with the approval by the FDA of hyaluronic acid, marketed under the Restylane brand. Perlane and Juvederm followed shortly, using similar variants of synthetic hyaluronic acid. The wrinkle injection market soared to new heights with these approvals by the FDA. Recently, the FDA approved Artefill and Radiesse, each using a different substance to fill wrinkles. 

Anti-aging Sunscreens 

A new 4-year study in Australia showed that daily use of sunscreen resulted in 24% reduction in signs of aging. We can now look at
sunscreen not just as a protection against aging. It can also reverse signs of

Anti-Aging Sunscreen

However, not just any sunscreen will do.  Your sunscreen must work against the damaging
and aging effects of UVA rays. New breakthrough ingredients are now available
to protect against UVA rays. Look for the broad-spectrum label. Check the PA
rating, the measure of protection against UVA rays. The maximum rating is PA+++.

DERMAX UV MILK anti-aging sunscreen has the maximum PA+++
rating, plus a milky, non-greasy feel that’s best for daily use. 
What about SPF? This refers only to protection against
burning UVB rays. Most sunscreens will effectively protect against UVB rays,
even at a “low” SPF30. Save for a few field related work, there is no real risk
of getting sunburn in our day-to-day activities. The marketing hypes on high SPF
sunscreens are simply just that…hypes.
This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on November 26, 2013. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to 

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