Aging Prevention

There are 4 key elements of this whether you are 23 or 50.  The rest is gravy. If you set these habits as early as possible in your life, your 50+ year old self will thank you so many times.  Much of what we see around us as skin aging is preventable.

This collection has the 4 key things + 1: good daily sunscreen, high quality antioxidant (under sunscreen), a good moisturizer, a "vitamin A" cream at night (retinoid), and weekly gentle exfoliation.

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  • Prevention + Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
    Prevention + Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
    Image
    $39.00

    Size:  3.2 oz.

     

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This sunscreen has been very popular. Very moisturizing and great for normal to dry skin. It absorbs in well!  Make-up goes over it easily. Since untinted you can use on the face, neck, chest.....really anywhere.  Tube is 3.2 oz and lasts well. 

    This is one of the highest zinc sunscreens on the market that is still priced well and has the zinc 18%. Zinc is the best UVA plus UVB blocker in a sunscreen.

    One of the best sunscreens for melasma due to it's zinc 18%.  If you want a zinc 18% sunscreen with a tint, look at the Dermaquest 30 tinted.

    Note: We stopped carrying the Image SPF 50 because it had less zinc (9.0%) which was confusing patients. The SPF 50 has more chemicals.

    Can be chalky on darker skin tones.  Try the tinted version instead.

    Ingredients

    Active Ingredients: zinc oxide 18%. 

    Key Ingredients: aloe (vera) barbadensis leaf juice,  tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate,  camelia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, arabidopsis thaliana, micrococcus lysate, l-ergothioneine, lecithin.

  • sunscreen, oily and acne prone skin
    UV Clear SPF 46
    Elta MD
    $32.00

    Size: 1.7 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    Best for oily and acne prone skin.  Men tend to like this product because it's light and nongreasy. 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    9% zinc oxide for true broad-spectrum protection. Another great sunscreen from Elta.  Niacinamide to calm and protect sensitive, acne-prone skin. Oil-free, good for sensitive skin. Paraben-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic.

    How to Use

    Apply to face, neck, and hands 30 minutes before sun exposure. Use daily.

    Ingredients

    Zinc Oxide 9%, Octinoxate 7.5%. Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

  • sun screen, sensitive skin
    UV Physical SPF 41 Chemical Free Tube
    Elta MD
    $29.50

    Size: 3 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    Especially good for those with sensitive skin.  Not great for those with acne and a lot of oil.  Water resistant.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Lightly tinted. This is a sunblock that is free of chemical sunscreen actives, with natural mineral UV Protection SPF 41 with 9% Zinc Oxide and 7% Titanium Dioxide for true broad spectrum protection. Oil-free, paraben-free and fragrance free. Ideal for very sensitive skin and children. Absorbs quickly. Can be a little chalky when first applied. 

    How to Use

    Apply before sun exposure and reapply every 2-3 hours in high sun or after swimming or sweating.

    Ingredients

    Active Ingredients: 9.0% Zinc Oxide, 7.0% Titanium Dioxide Inactive Ingredients (alphabetical order): Aluminum Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Octyl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Perfluoronyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Purified Water, Quercitin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Selenite, Soft Tex Yellow Iron Oxide-C337773, Soft Tex Red Iron Oxide-C337775, Soft Tex Russett Iron Oxide-C337721, Soft Tex Black Iron Oxide-C337751, Thioctic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

  • sunscreen, normal to combination skin
    Non-Tinted UV Daily SPF 40 Pump
    Elta MD
    $28.00

    Size: 1.7 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    Best for normal to combination skin to moisturize and protect from sun damage.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Light, sheer, daily SPF 40 (but not as light as the Clear) with 9% Zinc Oxide for good UVA and UVB protection. For the face, either alone or under makeup. Glides on easily and absorbs quickly into the skin. Hyaluronic acid to increase skin smoothness and softness and to decrease appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Paraben-free. Men like this product usually.

    How to Use

    Use daily on face, neck, chest and hands, 30 minutes before sun exposure.

    Ingredients

    Active Ingredients: 9.0% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate. Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyether-1, Citric Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

  • antioxidants, helps prevent skin damage
    C E Ferulic
    SkinCeuticals
    $165.00

    Size:  1 oz.

    Who It's For

    Most skin types except the most sensitive.  This product will usually be helpful for pigmentation problems also.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    In line with SkinCeuticals' superb antioxiants - a triple compound with L-Ascorbic 15%, Vitamin E 1%, and 0.5% Ferulic (a plant based antioxidant).  Acts to prevent damage to skin cell DNA from UV via reduced free radical formation and prevention of DNA mutations.  May stimulate collagen production slightly.

    How to Use

    Apply to freshly cleansed skin as the first layer.

    Ingredients

    Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate 

  • C-Infusion Serum
    C-Infusion Serum
    DermaQuest
    $92.00

    Size1 fl. oz 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

     An antioxidant, this is a non irritating Vitamin C lotion that's still light.  With the Vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) as the second ingredient, it has enough concentration of the active to make it effective.  Great for sensitive or easily irritated skin, but also great for those with dry skin.  Use it under your sunscreen in the morning.

    Ingredients

    Water (Aqua),Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Hexyl Laurate, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Squalane, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Linoleic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Phospholipids, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Alcohol, Ectoin , Lecithin, Cyclotetrapeptide-24 Aminocyclohexane Carboxylate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Micrococcus Lysate, Plankton Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.

  • Retinol Complex .5
    Retinol Complex .5
    SkinMedica
    $78.00

    Size: 1 oz

    Dr. Irwin's Review

    Same great, high quality retinol from SkinMedica, but twice the concentration as the 0.25%.  This one is a 0.5%.  If you are new to retinols, start with the lower strength (0.25) twice a week, gradually build up to nightly, and then try going up to this one (0.5%).

    If you are dry or sensitive, use retinoids OVER your moisturizer.

    If you have very oily, acne prone, tough skin, you can start with this.

    Key Ingredients:

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycine Soja Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Polyacrylate-13, Squalane, Retinol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Ceramide 3, Bisabolol, Phytosterols, Squalene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oryza Sativa Bran Cera,

  • Retinol for Wrinkles and Skin Care
    Retinol Complex .25
    SkinMedica
    $62.00

    Size: 1 oz

    Who It's For

    For sun-damaged skin and for those wanting to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and aging.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

     This is SkinMedica's updated version of the old Tri-Retinol Complex, and it is still an excellent over-the-counter retinol.  At this percentage, the effects are similar to Renova/tretinoin, etc. Use at night. If you can use the prescription version of tretinoin (like Renova), do so - but many people don’t want to be bothered with a prescription and the two retinols listed on this site are almost as good. This retinol also has vitamin E in a base that will not clog pores and is still compatible with moisturizers and sunscreens. Also see the Neocutis Nouvelle+Retinol Correction Cream.  Start with this one though if you have never used a retinoid before.

    Retinoids are repair creams that have 20 years of science and experience behind them. They build collagen and normalize sun damaged keratinocytes (skin cells) and help to prevent precancerous growths and skin cancers if used regularly. 

    How to Use

    Apply one pump to the face at night. Always use at night - light inactivates it. Begin using twice per week, then increase gradually.  If this product irritates your skin a little, try applying your moisturizer first, then wait 10-20 minutes, then apply this. You must use a sunscreen every morning if you use a retinoid because your skin will be just slightly more sun sensitive.  Stop this product a week before sunny vacations and consider not using it if you can't be consistent with sunscreen or truly are outdoors constantly. 

    Ingredients

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Niacinamide, Polyacrylate-13, Squalane, Retinol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Ceramide 3, Bisabolol, Phytosterols, Squalene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax (Oryza Sativa Cera), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Palmitate, Laureth-23, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Lauryl Alcohol, Polyisobutene, Dextran, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

  • Rich and affordable moisturizing skin cream
    Replenish Hydrating Cream
    SkinMedica
    $66.00

    Size: 2 oz

    Who It's For

    Those with dry or very dry skin.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Similar to La Mer but at half the price, this product is very moisturizing.  Stays on the skin longer than most.  In my own skin care product regimen especially in dryer climates or skiing.  Has a very subtle fragrance that most patients like.

    The Replenish Hydrating Cream comes now in SkinMedica packaging (Allegan, the owner of Vivite, bought SkinMedica).  But it is the same product.

    How to Use

    One to three times a day.

    Ingredients

    Purified Water, Glycerin, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Sucrose Cocoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sericin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium PCA, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Glycosaminoglycans, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Cholesterol, Polysilicone-11, Millet (Panicum Millaceum) Extract, Methylparaben, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Cellulose Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Butylene Glycol Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Ceramide III, Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Superoxide Dismutase, And Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

  • hydrating gel, no oil, light
    Hydrating B5 Gel
    SkinCeuticals
    $83.00

    Size: 1 fl oz

    Dr. Irwin's  Review

    Works well as an extra layer of hydration under moisturizer for those who are very dry. Great for acne and oily skin because it's completely oil-free.  Those who feel that most moisturizers are too "greasy" for them will love this. Expensive but worth it.  Sensitive skin loves this product.  Very pure with almost no chemicals.

    Ingredients

    Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), Pheonoxyethanol

  • Emollience
    Emollience
    SkinCeuticals
    $62.00

    Size: 2 fl oz

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    One of our patients' favorites.  A great mid weight, go-to, every day moisturizer for normal to slightly oily skin types. Very light fragrance and the herbal extracts soothing.

    Avoid if propylene glycol sensitive.


    Ingredients

    aqua / water / eau, sorbitol, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, propylene glycol, stearic acid, rosa canina leaf extract, glyceryl stearate, vitis vinifera seed oil / grape seed oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, triethanolamine, algae / gellidiela acerosa extract, algae / sargassum filipendula extract, phenoxyethanol, algae / hypnea musciformis extract, allantoin, panthenol, rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract / rosemary leaf extract, prunus serotina bark extract / wild cherry bark extract, macrocystis pyrifera extract, hydrastis canadensis extract / golden seal extract, lawsonia inermis extract / henna extract, methylparaben, arctium majus / arctium majus root extract, parfum / fragrance, trisodium edta, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, butylparaben, retinyl palmitate

  • Refresh Detoxifying Scrub Mask
    Refresh Detoxifying Scrub Mask
    Skinbetter
    $55.00

    Size: 2.0 FL. OZ. (60 ML)

    Dr. Irwin's Review

     

    Key Ingredients:

     Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Bentonite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Octyldodecyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mucor Miehei Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glucosamine HCl, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Allantoin, Urea, Cetearyl Olivate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Sorbitan Olivate, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, 

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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