What’s The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care?

Can you alter the future of your skin?

Are the products you use today really different than what your grandmother used years ago?

Can you actually stop time and hold your skin almost in place?


In fact, you can even take your skin  backwards in time if you know what your doing.

Thanks to science, we have amazing anti-aging skin care advances.  I help people take their skin off its aging trajectory all the time and it’s so cool!

Here’s how anti-aging skin care stacks up right now

The best anti-aging skin care advances have been the development of ingredients that

  1. protect your skin from oxidation reactions-the chemical reactions that damage your skin and play a big role in skin aging
  2. stimulate your skin to make its own new collagen-the only meaningful way to really reverse wrinkles.

Antioxidants protect your skin from aging oxidation reactions

Oxidation reactions are the free radical chemical reactions that damage the structures of your skin.   Ingredients that block oxidation are called anti-oxidants.  Today, for the first time ever, we have highly effective anti-oxidant products that can actually get into your skin from skin care products.  We also have good scientific proof that they work; proof that shows when you, a real person, use the products under real life conditions, you’ll see results.  This is the best sort of proof.  It’s better than seeing chemical reactions in a test tube in the lab.

The best of the best skin care anti-oxidant ingredients are green tea polyphenols and vitamin C.

My favorites, and in my opinion the best products are:

  1. Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy – Replenix Power of Three Cream or Replenix CF Cream for green tea
  2. Professional Cell Repair Serum for vitamin C

UVA/UVB sunscreen blocks the UV rays that cause oxidation and free radicals in your skin.

You need to block all of the aging UVA and UVB sun rays.  Today sunscreens can do this.  (Years ago, sunscreens just blocked UVB, but let wrinkle causing UVA through). Micro size zinc oxide is the only sunscreen ingredient that blocks all the UVA rays (to 400 nm).  It gives good UVB protection too (which is what the SPF tells you).  It’s also incredibly long lasting giving the most reliable protection that rubs-on clear and feel nice on your skin.  You can easily wear it everyday, and you should!  By blocking UVA, as well as UVB, your sunscreen will fight the development of age spots, wrinkles, skin thinning and, yes, even skin cancers.

The best of the best sunscreens contain micro sized zinc oxide

My favorite sunscreens with micro zinc oxide:

  1. Citrix Sunscreen to wear everyday
  2. Solbar Zinc for sun protection during sweaty, active, wet activities

Building your own skin’s collagen is how you reverse wrinkles

Today this is actually possible!  You can do it with a skin care product, and day-after-day collagen construction adds up; it will send your skin back in time.  To do this though you need at least one of the powerful ingredients capable of stimulating collagen construction. These ingredients stimulate your own skin cells to make new collagen. They work under real life conditions (not just the laboratory test tube), and the results are visible when you look at your skin. They work best when started as soon as possible, so time is of the essence.

To stimulate collagen construction with your skin care products, prescription tretinoin cream is the best.  Second is professional strength glycolic acid products (meaning with free acid content over 10% in an acid pH) and third is Vitamin C (10% or higher in an acid pH).  There are also new peptides that may work, but the scientific evidence is still preliminary.  As an added anti-aging bonus, tretinoin and glycolic acid also lighten age spots, refine course skin texture and create a luminous, light-throwing luster that’s beautiful.

The best of the best skin care ingredients to build collagen in your skin:

  1. Prescription tretinoin cream (Retin A, Renova and generic tretinoin)
  2. Glytone and Glycolic Acid Anti-Aging Face Cream 15%
  3. Professional Cell Repair Serum  with 15% vitamin C and TGF-beta (one of the new peptides)

You can have it all!

And you should – you’ll get the best results.

What’s really exciting is our ability to combine all these anti-aging skin care advances in a way that’s compatible.  The ingredients work synergistically when correctly combined.  It’s what I’ve created with my Anti-Aging Anti-Oxidant Skin Care Kits The kits all contain Replenix CF Cream, Professional Cell Repair Serum, Citrix Sunscreen and Replenix Scrub for exfoliation. I’ve designed the Anti-Oxidant Kit to combine beautifully with either prescription tretinoin (from your doctor) or one of my glycolic acid products.  Use the tretinoin or glycolic acid at night to stimulate your collagen construction.

If you have eye area issues add Replenix Eye Repair Cream, packed with every ingredient known to help the eyes area problems.

Pick your cleanser and you’ll have everything you need to take your skin backwards in time.

  1. Oily/tolerant skin: choose Glytone Mild Gel Wash
  2. Redness-prone skin choose Calming Zinc Soap
  3. Sensitive/Dry skin choose Toleriane Cleanser


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8 Responses to “What’s The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care?”

  1. Cura Pelle April 19, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Thank you for another good article, Dr. Bailey. Can you estimate how much free acid there is in 12% ammonium lactate creams? It sounds like a salt to me, but given the caveat that all such creams carry that they not be used on the face absent the advice of a dermatologist, I wonder if there is, in fact, free acid in the product. Also, I remember that you had once written a column or dispensed advice on using some super strong cream on tough elbow skin. I’m sorry to bother you, but if you could direct me to that article, I’d be most appreciative.

  2. Cynthia Bailey MD April 20, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I don’t actually know the free acid content, or the pH for that matter, of the standard 12% ammonium lactate cream formula. I used them for years before the professional glycolic acid formulas became commercially available, and they worked well. That info would have to come from the manufacturing lab.

    The elbow cream is Glytone’s Heel and Elbow Cream. I primarily recommend it for the feet though because it’s really strong. It most definitely will loosen thick/tough elbow skin. The product link is http://www.drbaileyskincare.com/glytone-ultra-heel-and-elbow.shtml. For most rough elbows my preference is the Glytone Body Kit which keeps my elbows velvety soft http://www.drbaileyskincare.com/anti-aging-body-skin-care-kit.shtml. I have so many patients using it, and we all get wonderfully soft elbows from it.

    Hope that helps, Warm Regards, Cynthia Bailey MD

  3. Cura Pelle April 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Thank you!

  4. Elizabeth May 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Thanks for a very informative article. However I was wondering if you could tell me how a good chemical sunscreen would fit into the above-suggested skin care tips. I really do prefer chemical sunscreen, however I have read that chemical sunscreen may not be compatible with topical green tea products. Does this mean the Power of Three Cream should not be used with Mexoryl or Avobenzone? Should topical green tea be used only with a physical sunblock? Thanks so much, your blog is about the most informative skin care site out there!

  5. Cynthia Bailey MD May 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Hello Elizabeth,
    Thank you for the kind words about my blog. I really do love talking/writing about skin care and I’m glad to know that the information helps my readers. Please let me know where you heard that chemical sunscreen ingredients are incompatible with avobenzone/mexoryl products.
    Warm Regards,
    Cynthia Bailey MD

  6. Elizabeth May 9, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I came across and article entitled “What green tea can and cannot do for your skin,” at smartskincare.com. It mentioned that green tea products work best when used under physical sunscreen; green tea products may “react” with chemical sunscreens. However I am unclear as to what the article means by green tea “reacting” with chemical sunscreens. I haven’t had any luck finding further information about the subject online. Here is a link to the article:


  7. Cynthia Bailey MD May 9, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks for the info Elizabeth. I took a look at the link and I’m not sure what they are referring to. I’ve asked an expert skin chemist and he said that the chemical/avo sunscreens and Replenix combine well and function properly together and so I can only speak to that combo. He also said he knows of many docs who use that combo on their patients and have never related a problem with it. I’ve also never seen any inactivation studies on green tea and chemical sunscreen ingredients but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. It’s why product formulations and compatibility are so tricky and I stick with what I know works. In my own practice I do have patients who prefer the chemical sunscreens and I can’t recall anyone mentioning that either their Replenix or sunscreen stopped working when they combined them.

    At this point I don’t have a definitive answer for you. I do favor micro zinc protection for it’s ‘none shall pass’ approach to UV wave protection as well as it’s inertness on the skin in relation to other active ingredients that may be applied. I need to do a short blog on how to get a mineral zinc sunscreen to rub in clear because there are tricks to it.

  8. Elizabeth May 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Wow! I appreciate your looking into this subject for me; the information you have given above is very helpful! And, I’d love to use zinc oxide-based sunscreen, and so would welcome a tutorial blog about proper blending tricks, etc. (However, as a Fitzpatrick Skin Type V, I may be a tough sell on physical sunscreen, haha;)

    Love your blog, think you’re fabulous, thanks again!