Last week, 20somethings were given tips to prevent, protect, and enhance their eyes. How about the rest of the face? I would like to share some more quick tips and product recommendations to make the journey through the decades much more graceful.

I can’t stress enough how easily managed fine lines can be if treated correctly and early. There’s been a lot of circulation in the media about “preventative botox” for the 20something millennials. As an injector, I support the new movement, but I’ll tell you that it isn’t the only way. Products with vitamin A, or Retrinal, can significantly reduce the look of fine lines and prevent them from deepening or from new ones appearing. Retrinal/vitamin A is the only FDA approved anti-aging product on the market with over 25 years of clinical data to back it up. Once you’ve hit your second decade, things are already beginning to slow. (I know, it’s too soon) Vitamin A accelerates cell turnover, reduces the cohesion of cells, and promotes collagen growth. This combination stops the fine lines from showing through and keeps your skin glowing and healthy.

Retrinal and vitamin A products can sometimes get a bad wrap, and typically from people using them improperly. If used improperly, the skin may not react well and cause redness or flakiness. The biggest mistake with this product is not applying it to bone dry skin. Even the tiniest bit of moisture can cause the Retrinal to react poorly. It must be the base level on dry, clean skin and other products can be applied afterwards. Avoid mucus membrane such as under the eyes, nasal labial folds, nostrils, and lip line. If your skin is a virgin to vitamin A, start using the product once every two or three days. It will stay in your skin for up to 72 hours and your skin won’t be bombarded. Products range from over the counter to prescription strength, but for beginners I like to recommend Avève RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream. It is the perfect stepping-stone into the vitamin A world.