With the beauty industry’s obsession with looking youthful and fighting wrinkles at every cost, you’d almost think that skin slightly looser than a 12-year-old’s was a veritable death sentence. Are crow’s feet or laugh lines like the cavities of skincare — a sign that you’re not taking care of your complexion? Thankfully, Dr. Frédéric Bonté, Director of LVMH research for Guerlain Paris, puts our fears to rest while giving us practical tips for aging gracefully.
Is wrinkled skin unhealthy skin?
“Of course not,” says Dr. Bonté. “Aging is not a disease!” He explains that wrinkles are a natural phenomenon appearing with age and UV exposure. Starting at about 30 years old, Dr. Bonté says that fine lines begin to appear because the production of collagen decreases and skin damage (from the sun and other environmental sources) accumulates. “This is the reason why the sooner you prevent and correct damages, the better it is,” he says.
What skincare product should everyone use?
“Women and men should use regularly a moisturizing product, because water is very important for the skin,” says Dr. Bonté. Skin, he says, is 80 per cent water beneath the epidermis. He adds that the water has to be purified to work properly “as cells don’t like dirty water” and points to Guerlain’s Super Aqua Serum as a way to purify your skin while hydrating. An anti-aging cream or serum is the next key product Dr. Bonté recommends.
How do we find the best skincare regimen?
Dr. Bonté suggests seeking the advice of a skincare expert. The experts at Guerlain, he says, “have the experience and knowledge of all skin types and they can evaluate best your exact needs.”
Should we follow trends in skincare?
What we should be looking for, instead of jumping on the newest skincare breakthrough, is the most effective skincare ingredient. Guerlain, says Dr. Bonté, aims to offer the most effective ingredients for the skin. They do this by collaborating with scientists all over the world and Dr. Bonté points to the company’s research into orchids as an anti-aging ingredient. “We invested in a unique research platform on orchids that combines the understanding and research of the orchid species in their natural habitat, the knowledge of their life (how they grow) and the discovery of more and specific molecules they produce (thanks to the Phytochemistry lab of Strasbourg University, France).” This resulted in Orchidée Impériale, a line of products recognized for “its innovative texture, efficacy and sensoriality.”
Are there any skincare trends that we should avoid?
One trend that Dr. Bonté questions is the layering of multiple products as in the Asian layered skincare method of upwards of 10 products at a time. “Skin is a very important tissue,” says Dr. Bonté, “offering us protection from the outside world, but also a very fragile one in some areas (eye contour or other).” He says that in order for skin to function normally, it can’t be overwhelmed with products. “It could lose its properties,” he says. Instead of using a lot of products, one on top of the other, Dr. Bonté emphasizes the importance of using the right product for your skin.
While no product is going to give you back the skin you had in your 20s, what’s important in skincare is respect. Treat your skin carefully and thoughtfully. Use products that promise results and focus only on those products. Overloading your skin may actually cause more wrinkles!