Dr Oz: Drop a Decade with Secrets to Cheat your Age
Have you ever wished you could fake a facelift or get rid of your wrinkles or age spots and look 10 years younger? On today’s show, Dr. Oz is talking about How to Drop a Decade with Secrets to Cheat your Age, such as Miracle Phytoceramides and even Cellulite Massage! He says there is one little pill that holds the secret to more youthful skin and today he is ready, with his guests, to tell you how take a decade off your face without going under the knife or spending a ton of money.
Plastic Surgeons Dr. Leif Rogers and Dr. Shirley Madhere have the secret to fighting gravity and looking younger, but what is most exciting is that they say you can find the secret right at your local drugstore: Vitamin C.
Dr Oz: Vitamin C Skin Benefits
Dr. Leif Rogers and Dr. Shirley Madhere both say that the powerful ingredient that is the key to younger looking skin is Vitamin C. Dr. Rogers explains that when we are younger our skin has Vitamin C naturally, but as we age we lose the Vitamin C, which leads to wrinkles and sagging. He says things like sun damage and toxins like those from smoking speed up that process, but with Vitamin C we can actually bring back the firmness to our skin just by applying it topically.
Dr. Madhere goes on to explain that while some patients can see results from using Vitamin C in as little as 2-4 weeks, she says it can take up to 6-8 weeks for others. Regardless of your initial results, she says you will see maximum benefits after 6 months, so the key is to stay consistent and be patient.
Dr Oz: Vitamin C Rebuilds Collagen
Doctor Oz explains that when we are young we have a great deal of bounciness to our skin due to Vitamin C. Our skin is tight and taut without any wrinkles or sagging, but as we age we start to lose collagen, which is what leads to that lack of bounce or tightness and is the reason we need Vitamin C. He goes on to say that the Vitamin C literally rejuvenates your skin and brings back that collagen that has broken down, leading to tight, young looking skin.
Dr Oz: Vitamin C Sunblock Replacement?
Dr. Shirley Madhere, Plastic Surgeon, says that age spots are essentially damage from the sun. She explains that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with the ability to lighten and brighten your skin. It has also been shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse the effect of age-related damage to the skin. She is clear, though, that Vitamin C is not a form of sun protection, but it does help to repair skin that has been damaged from harmful exposure to UV rays.
Dr Oz: Vitamin C Topical Vs Oral Application
Dr. Leif Rogers says that while it is good for you to take Vitamin C supplements orally, you simply don’t see the best results for your skin unless you apply it topically. When applied directly to the skin, you get 20 times the levels of Vitamin C that you would get if you took it orally.
Dr Oz: Vitamin C Antioxidant
Dr. Oz wants everyone to know what to look for when purchasing Vitamin C. Let’s face it, with so many skincare products on the market, walking down that aisle of the drugstore could feel overwhelming. Dr. Leif Rogers, Plastic Surgeon, says there are some key factors and ingredients when choosing your product.
- Look for ascorbic acid because that is the most active ingredient
- Look for a product that contains 3-10% Vitamin C
- Dr. Rogers explains that because Vitamin C is an antioxidant it will, in fact, oxidize when exposed to light or air, so be sure to buy a product that is in a sealed container that is also airtight and opaque.
Dr Oz: Vitamin C + Vitamin E Benefits
Dr. Madhere says there is no problem with mixing Vitamin C and other products. In fact, she says, there can be added benefits when it is combined with certain ingredients in particular.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids chemically exfoliate and actually aid in the penetration of the Vitamin C compounds, according to Dr. Shirely Madhere.
- Dr. Madhere explains that Vitamin C also works synergistically and very well with compounds derived from Vitamin A, such as Retinol.
- Dr. Madhere’s secret anti-aging tip is to mix Vitamin C and Vitamin E together for maximum skin benefits.
Dr Oz: When To Apply Vitamin C
It is best to use Vitamin C once a day in the morning right after exfoliating, so it can deep into your skin, but before you apply any other moisturizer or makeup.