“Wrinkled, sagging skin is not the inevitable
result of growing older. It is a disease, and you can fight it.”
People have been seeking a miracle wrinkle cure, the
holy grail of beauty, since the Santa Maria Novella monks of Florence
began mixing anti-aging potions seven hundred years ago. Indeed,
the search for the fountain of youth is not a new quest, but thanks to
targeted advertising, mass media, and consumption culture, the cosmetics
industry has gradually evolved into a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
These days, in one trip to Neiman Marcus, one can purchase ceramic
jars of seaweed cream (developed by a former NASA scientist and worth
its weight in gold), tubes of stretch mark emulsion (rumored to be better
than Botox if applied to facial wrinkles) and pots of royal jelly balm
(that may as well be squeezed out of the backs of queen bees for that
promising to do one thing: take years off your look. Ultimately, the
credibility of these claims is a matter of contestation, but undeniably “revolutionary” beauty
treatments sell like Manolo Blahnik stilettos on sale.
the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women who
opt to go under the knife, inject muscle-atrophy fluids in frown lines,
and fill out laugh creases with Restylyne is on a steady incline.
Disillusioned with topical remedies, many try to win the war against
time by taking aggressive measures. In certain cases, these procedures
can produce results that are nothing short of spectacular, but possible
side effects—a lá excruciating pain, frozen foreheads, drooping
eyebrows, facial asymmetry and constant pocket book drainage—are
That said what if I was to claim that the conventional
approaches to youth and vitality are completely wrong? In his ground-breaking
book, The Wrinkle Cure, Doctor Nicholas Perricone of Yale
University spells out healthy, non-invasive antidotes to sun damage,
crowfeet, spider veins, sagging, laugh lines, discoloration, acne
and many more skin afflictions that plague us. Sounds like a promise
too good to be true? Well, that is exactly how I felt until I decided
to put away the 1001 containers of various high-end concoctions I
had in my possession and chose to try something new, simple, and
based on scientific facts. The improvement I observed in my skin
after only two weeks on the Perricone regimen was so impressive that
I resolved to adopt the famed dermatologist’s
recommendations as a lifestyle.
Here is my quick start guide to Doctor
approach to preventing the signs of aging by putting nature’s
most powerful nutrients to work for your skin” so that you too
can begin turning back the clock immediately.
Eat Right for
a Picture-Perfect Complexion and Healthy Body
Perricone, “If you are the type of person who rushes
over to the nearest department store to try the latest skin-smoothing
miracle cream, then it’s time you started getting just as excited
about your trips to the grocery store.” Remember, one need not
be a nutritionist to make the right choices. Just follow these pointers…
is impossible to go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables, easily
located in the produce aisle.
• Forget about the old FDA nutrition pyramid based on a diet rich
in carbohydrates and light on proteins. Carbohydrates increase insulin
levels and trigger production of inflammatory chemicals. “The result
is not only prematurely aged skin, but also degenerative diseases such
as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and many other illnesses.”
• Make fresh fish (rich in Omega-3 fatty acids) and poultry a staple
of your nutritional regime. “Protein is absolutely essential for
repairing the damage done by free-radicals. A lack of adequate protein
in your diet prevents cellular repair and puts you on a fast track to
• Minimize dairy consumption, with one exception:
yogurt. Yogurt is a great detoxifying agent, which introduces healthy
bacteria into the intestinal tract.
• Rule out all refined and
• Compliment your diet with daily health supplements.
MEAL PLAN: Every healthy meal
should include a protein, a good source of carbohydrates (those
low on the glycemic index such as asparagus, broccoli, blueberries,
spinach and most nonstarchy vegetables), and a small amount of unsaturated fat. “Therefore,
your typical meal should consist of a piece of chicken or fish, fresh
vegetables and fruits, and a small source of mono-saturated fats such
as olive oil or a few nuts such as almonds or macadamias.”
The New Face of Skin Care
Free radicals are unstable
oxygen molecules, produced by cells (burning oxygen to produce energy),
sunlight, toxins, cigarette smoke, and pollution. Free radicals attack
their environment in a “quest to ‘heal’ themselves”.
Antioxidants, “a sort of cellular rescue team,” band with
free radicals to establish the body’s natural balance. However,
in the absence of anti-oxidants, these rogue agents wreak havoc on
Unfortunately, the body is constantly bombarded with
external forces --such as sunlight exposure and second hand cigarette
smoke-- that activate free radicals. A healthy diet can help fight these ‘assaults’ but
according to Doctor Perricone good eating habits must go together with
the daily ingestion of the following vitamins, minerals, and supplements:
A (5,000 International units), E (400 international units),
and C (1,000 milligrams, twice daily).
• Grape seed extract, a powerful
Lipoic Acid (50 milligrams)
• Calcium (1,000 milligrams)
• Zinc (15 milligrams)
• Acetyl L-carnitine
• Coenzyme Q10 (100 milligrams)
(20 milligrams), B2 (10 milligrams), B3 (20 milligrams), B5 (250 milligrams,
twice daily), B6 (25 milligrams), B12 (500 micrograms daily)
• Folic Acid (500
• Chromium (100 micrograms)
• Ginkgo biloba
Fashionlines Tip: Assembling this extensive
of pills can be a daunting task, especially for women on the go. That
is why; Dr. Perricone offers “Nutritional Support System Dietary
Supplements”, designed to improve the appearance of problem skin,
through his namesake cosmeceuticals company. Each box contains 30 packets,
a 1 month supply.
Cosmeceuticals: Where Cosmetics Meets Pharmaceuticals
Vitamin C is an amazing anti-oxidant that bolsters
the immune system, increases energy, and protects the nervous system.
Vitamin C ester is basic vitamin C, combined with a fatty acid derived
from palm oil. Vitamin C ester is fat-soluble, meaning it is easily absorbed
into the skin. In other words, Vitamin C ester can penetrate the cell-membrane,
offering maximum protection against free-radicals.
Fashionlines Tip: Vitamin
C creams sold in department stores are water-soluble. Because of
this, these products cannot penetrate the cell membrane to work at the
cellular level, where aging begins. To stop free-radical damage and to
realize the revitalizing effects of Vitamin C, apply Doctor Perricone’s
Vitamin C Ester products.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid
is a natural molecule that naturally exists in our cells. This miracle
iota is a universal anti-oxidant that doubles as a protective shield
for vitamins like C and E, so that they may do a better job of obliterating
To Perricone, the topical application of alpha lipoic
acid has “outstanding
effects” on lines, wrinkles, under-eye bags, enlarged pores, acne
scars and dull skin. In The Wrinkle Cure the good doctor writes, “In
addition to making your skin look fabulous, alpha lipoic acid is natural
and nontoxic. It is perfect for people allergic to reactions to other
types of skin products.” Hence, if you have sensitive skin, plagued
by unsightly imperfections, the Perricone alpha lipoic acid serum is
the key to reinventing your complexion.
“Mixed in a cocktail with
other nutrients, combined with an antioxidant base, and applied topically,
DMAE can quickly and dramatically improve the appearance of sagging skin.” In
fact, DMAE is the quickest fix one can get in a bottle. If you are
tired of seeing your face traveling south, DMAE is the way to go!
Perricone’s main message is loud and clear: If you are
genuinely determined to revolutionize your skin, it is time to start
rethinking your life style. As the Doc so appropriately asks, “Have
you ever seen an unhealthy person with a flawless complexion and a radiant
Perricone Cosmeceuticals are available on Doctor Nicholas
official website, www.nvperriconemd.com,
as well as select Sephora, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
For more information log onto www.sephora.com or
call the Nordstrom Beauty hotline at (800) 7BEAUTY.
that all of the quotes contained in this article are from Doctor
Nicholas Perricone’s book, The Wrinkle Cure.