The first large, multi-center study to look at the safety and side effects of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures — things like lasers, skin fillers and injections of neurotoxins like Botox — found that they are very safe with essentially no risk of severe or dangerous side effects.
Faced with lines, saggy skin and brown spots (that weren't there in May!), we're already online searching for the new Holy Grail of wrinkle treatments. Unfortunately, any de-aging product covers its tush with a claim of "visible results in four weeks." Who can wait that long? Driven by the urge for immediate gratification, we either give up on the new stuff in a week and go back to our old ways or hurl ourselves into the arms of a good cosmetic dermatologist and his arsenal of lasers, Botox and fillers. Don't! Decades of beauty editor experience have taught me to pay it forward with these instant skin makeover tips to keep you going till long-term changes kick in:
By now, we thought, everyone knows that smoking does serious damage to your heart and lungs and multiplies your risk of developing lung cancer (23 times if you're a man, and 13 times if you're a woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
When your wrinkles and brown spots get side-swiped by zits, skip the temptation to squeeze or tan. You can't pop, dry out or camouflage breakouts that way anymore. Breakouts after 50 are nightmare-ish whether you have an occasional bump or a teenage acne flashback. I consulted Dr. Susan Taylor, a top dermatologist in private practice at Society Hill Dermatology in Philadelphia about the best treatments and added some cover-up makeup advice. Here's how to get your oldie-but-goodie skin on track:
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