A lovely lady in her sixties recently told me she that she had had a face lift and if she could do it all over again she would have started taking better care of her skin and doing treatments when she was in her thirties — so that she could age “gracefully” over the years instead of going through the major surgery. Twenty years ago there weren’t many reasonable options available but now we have all kind of technology and innovation to help us age gracefully.
I wanted to look into some different options from high quality skin care to lasers so spoke with a few Alexandria experts.
Rodan & Fields is the latest craze in at-home skin care. Formulated by the dermatologists behind Proactive, R&F is sold by local consultants. I spoke with Layton Griffin, the top Rodan & Fields specialist in Alexandria.
Layton’s favorite is the ANTI-AGE Regimen. It layers powerful cosmetic ingredients and proven peptide technology to visibly firm skin and reduce the appearance of line, wrinkles and enlarged pores.
“The overnight cream is amazing and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and hydrated in the morning.” She also adds the Anti-Age eye cream to her daily regimen, which has optical brighteners for immediate results while it works on dark circles and elasticity.
“The most popular trend we’re seeing is the AMP MD Roller. It’s the only thing like it on the market, and the closest thing to it requires a trip to the dermatologist,” explained Layton. It’s a little blue plastic roller with 192 acupuncture grade needles on it that you roll all over your face and neck in the evening before popping open a serum capsule and spreading the magic liquid all over. “It feels like a cat’s tongue, so it’s not scary, but what you’re essentially doing is creating millions of little micro-channels in your skin and allowing the serum to penetrate much deeper into your dermis than it would if you just applied it topically.
In clinical tests the results are 500 times better than just using the product without the roller. The doctors are even seeing better results over time and continued use from their patients using the roller than they are from their Botox patients.
Layton highly recommends the REVERSE line which is resulting in the most dramatic changes. ” It’s the regimen designed for sun damaged skin, and people are seeing sun spots and freckles that have been there for years literally erased!
For More information about Rodan & Fields contact Layton Griffin
If you’re looking for something more aggressive you may want to make an appointment with Alexandria Associates in Dermatology – Dr. Simpson and Dr. Bray. In addition to standard dermatological care, AAID provides a whole host of cosmetic dermatological options including injectables and lasers.
Their most popular treatment combo involves Botox or Dysport and topical products such as Obagi Nu-Derm and Refizza. Refissa is a prescription-strength topical tretinoin cream that is clinically proven to reduce fine facial lines and hyper-pigmentation. Its pricey at over $100 a tube but its one of the only topical treatment s proven to minimize fine lines.
They also have offer fillers like Restylane and Perlane and powerful V-Beam lasers that can take care of everything from rosacea to spider veins. There are a number of different treatments and they are all performed by doctors.
Now if you are looking for some serious treatments in an elegant, private environment you must try Izalia. A posh boutique style spa, Izalia specializes in laser hair removal and sublative skin rejuvenation. The spa is warm and beautifully decorated. They offer clients Italian sodas and a seat at the antique bar to chat before sessions.
Izalia offers all kinds of skin treatments from laser hair removal to micro dermabrasian. One of the most popular, Sublative Rejuvenation, is considered the “non-surgical face lift.” Unlike botox and fillers, Sublative works from the inside out and helps stimulate cell regrowth. Sublative is clinically proven to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks, textural irregularities caused by excessive sun exposure, and skin tightening.
- I had the opportunity to look at some of the before and after photos and it really is amazing. Many of them look like they look like they have had surgery. Izalia also offers laser hair removal for anywhere on the body you can imagine. Other than the obvious places you can also remove hair on places like your arms or the back of your neck to clean up the hairline.
- Izalia is located at 114 S. Patrick Street, Suite 1 , Alexandria 703-549-0911