Our expert says:
Hi Bronwyn, thank you for the question and congratulations on your upcoming wedding.
The dermatologist you consulted is not 100% correct but she is also not 100% wrong.
Firstly a number of studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of certain ingredients that can over time make changes to the skin however where the dermatologist is correct is that we do not need to spend large amounts of money to get ‘good’ or effective topical products and these ingredients.
Furthermore I agree with her that toners, cleansers, and exfoliators are not a necessity for ones topical skin care regime but I would consider a cheap skin face wash that one can find at Pick n Pay or similar supplier.
Your most important topical product is a good SPF (50 or higher) that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide and should be applied several times daily. Without a doubt it has been shown that UV damage is the single most important factor that ages the skin.
Secondly I would consider using ingredients that help to reduce the fine lines you have noticed and the texture irregularities and pores/blackheads.
Consider NeoStrata’s Ultra Smoothing Cream, Biohydrating Cream, and Oil Control Gel but my advice would be to try some samples first to ensure that no reaction takes place.
Furthermore one may consider NeoStrata Glycolic acid peels every 6 to 8 weeks (especially running up to your wedding) to further enhance the effectiveness of the products and the positive changes on the skin.
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