can jolt us into pleading with Father Time, but your skin actually
starts aging in your 30s when your complexion becomes ruddy and age
spots appear. Thatís when plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Campbell with
Quintessa Medical Spa says you should start sipping from The Fountain
of Youth with Broad Band Light, a noninvasive skin therapy that gets a
thumbs up from Stanford University researchers.
One of his
patients was eager to share her enthusiasm. "Itís a
miracle," she says. "The perimeter of my face was covered
with age spots. I tried BBL and it was like someone turned back the
clock 10 years."
BBL uses a broad
range of frequencies with filters available for different procedures.
"Instead of a flash lamp firing a bolt of energy creating peaks
and valleys, we have two lamps firing a lower dose of energy in a
large, square wave. Itís safer, gentler and more consistent,"
Terri Edgar, a
medical laser specialist at Quintessa, is just as excited as her
patients about the outcomes. "I can do in one treatment with BBL
what would take me two, three or four treatments with other
study says BBL rejuvenates the skin at a molecular level, with "a
number of genes linked to the aging process being altered in
expression Ö to more closely resemble younger skin." The
research was funded by Sciton, the makers of BBL, still Campbell is
quick to point out it is a clinical, blind study using scientific
"You take a
sip from the fountain every few years when you see the first signs of
aging and prolong your youthful appearance," Campbell says.
do Botox unless you are committed to staying out of the sun. You
need to change your behavior." Thatís what skin expert
Dawn Sagrillo with Refresh told one of her 20-something clients
who had the skin of a 40-year-old.
The sun is
the biggest culprit in your war on ruddy skin and wrinkles.
tips for a strong foundation: Limit sun exposure, wear broad
spectrum sun block whenever you are outdoors, donít smoke,
drink plenty of water and use skin products that contain a 15 to
30 percent concentration antioxidants such as zinc, vitamins A