Every year like clockwork, I schedule a yearly exam with my dermatologist Dr. Ross Campbell to keep an eye out for skin cancer. Yes, yours truly had a bout with skin cancer in 2007. It was caught in time, so an outpatient surgery was scheduled, and I’ve been fine albeit vigilant ever since. Whenever I see Dr. Campbell for my yearly skin exam, he always has time to answer any questions. And I love his thoughtful answers to a variety of concerns. He was the one who recommended I use a retinol serum instead of Retin A and advised IPL to help with hyperpigmentation. And he’s the one who performed minor surgery to remove a fatty lump on my shoulder.
Last January 2021, I took Dr. Campbell’s advice and upped my anti-aging skincare routine by adding three sessions of IPL and six micro-needling sessions. What game changers! IPL drastically helped diminish the brown spots caused by sun damage in my teens, and Micro-needling helped improve the texture of my skin. Both procedures were scheduled at Georgia Skin Cancer, which takes good care of me.
So I thought we would kick off 2022 with an exciting post for you today, and we’re going to cover a lot of ground. We’re going to
So let’s get started.
Now onto a skincare routine. I incorporate these steps:
As I mentioned, in addition to my anti-aging skincare routine, I upped the ante last year with cosmetic treatments. And I will do the same in 2022. There are invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to choose from. Honestly, I have a neutral stance on what’s best. If you think Botox or fillers are the best choices for you, why not? Cosmetic procedures don’t have to be another topic where we take hard stances. For me, my aesthetic has always been doing what’s necessary and natural.
There’s a fine line between enhancing one’s appearance and going overboard. Many of us have witnessed friends and family who no longer resemble their former selves, and I have no interest in crossing that line. It isn’t important for me to look like I’m forty years old or even younger.
But I do want to be the best version of sixty-three. So I explored non-invasive treatments.
I started a series of IPL treatments at the beginning of last year. “IPL” is short for intense pulsated light, which is a type of light therapy used to treat age spots, sun damage, and broken capillaries on your face. This treatment can also be used on your neck, decolletage, and hands.
IPL is similar to laser treatment, the difference being a laser focuses on one wavelength of light where IPL releases light of many different wavelengths – like a photo flash. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of the epidermis without harming the top layer.
The first photo was taken three days after my first round of IPL. I have makeup on (tinted moisturizer, blush, and lipstick), but you can see mild redness and swelling, especially underneath my eyes. The treated area of the skin feels like sunburn the first day and continues to be sensitive several days afterward. One of my kiddos called me Mrs. Potato Head as I looked pretty wonky for a few days…
Here’s me a week after treatment with no makeup. The swelling and redness have disappeared, but you can still see a few age spots. It’s recommended to have a series of three IPL treatments, which I scheduled. Some women just have one IPL therapy. The choice is yours. But I’m happy I listened and penciled in three appointments. I’m also adding treatments to my neck and chest as those areas have lots of sun damage too.
Below is a photo of me at the beginning of 2022.
Recently, Dr. Campbell made a visit to my YouTube Studio to sit down for a Q&A. Enquiring minds always have one or two skincare questions up their sleeve. As a matter of fact, I asked my Instagram readers to send their questions Dr. Campbell’s way. I’m sharing a few with you today.
What is the #1 cause of aging?
Besides aging? That would be sun damage. While there are many benefits from being outdoors in the sun, including vitamin D, we need to protect our skin against UVA rays responsible for visible skin aging. Many people don’t realize that UVA rays can penetrate through car windows so it’s important to apply sunscreen every day even if you’re not spending time outdoors.
So we should wear sunscreen in the winter?
Absolutely! We should get into the habit of applying sunscreen every day. Funny story! My two boys, ages 11 and 14, went for a midnight swim and immediately applied sunscreen before hopping into the pool. That’s the right approach.
What SPF should I be applying?
At the minimum, an SPF 30 will defend your skin against sun damaging ultraviolet rays.
Dr. Campbell, I have loads of sun damage from my teen years; how often should I visit my dermatologist?
A yearly visit to your dermatologist is important, and then we will have a baseline of your skin’s condition. Some patients require more than a once-a-year visit, but we can determine that at your yearly appointment.
What is the best life of defense against aging skin?
That’s an individual choice, but Botox, Facial Fillers, IPL, Microneedling, or Microdermabrasion are all options. We’ve seen great success with radiofrequency micro-needling that combines radiofrequency energy and micro-needling. It stimulates collagen production, reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and helps tighten loose skin with minimal downtime.
What about skincare products? Do they make a difference?
Yes, it’s important to add a morning and nighttime skincare routine. At the bare minimum, cleanse and moisturize. But consider a vitamin C serum and retinol.
In what order should I use my skincare products? It can be confusing!
It can be confusing. But go from thin to thick and let each serum or moisturizer dry before applying the next. We’ve taken the guesswork out of a skincare routine with our Curated Line from Georgia Skin Cancer. Each product is numbered!
Yes, I’ve had the privilege of using your lineup. As a matter of fact, I’ve used it exclusively for the past two months. I can’t tell you how many people have commented on my skin. It glows! And I’ve worked with all of the big beauty brands from drugstore to high-end testing serums, moisturizers, cleansers, and vitamin C. I can highly recommend many, many products from affordable to luxury but I have to say I’m very impressed with your medical-grade line Curated. Can you tell me why you decided to create your own skincare line?
The premise was simple. It was an opportunity to give back to my community here in Athens, GA, and abroad. 100% of the proceeds from Curated go to charities. We not only want to do good for our patients, but we want our practice to make our community better. “For the greater good” is the answer.
Dr. Campbell, I know many readers will write and ask how they can buy Curated? Do you ship nationally?
Your readers can hop online at Georgia Skin Cancer and select their products. Not only do we ship nationally but internationally as well. One of my patients lives in London, and we regularly ship her products. Would you like to share a discount with your readers? I have a bit of influence at GSC. While we’re at it, all the proceeds raised will go to a charity of your choice. Let’s get the clock ticking. From January 19th to February 19th, what charity would you like to support?
That’s fantastic news, Dr. Campbell! What’s my discount code?
Let’s set up 15% off your purchase with code BETH15
All right, ladies, the challenge is on! Let’s see how much money we can raise for Uncommon Threads, a non-profit organization that helps low-income women see and feel their true potential by using clothing and image as tools for building self-esteem and self-worth.
Thanks so much for offering the discount code, Dr. Campbell. My readers will love it. And I love the commonality between Curated and Uncommon Threads. Doing good by being good. Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to stop by Style at a Certain Age. Will you come back again? We just scratched the surface when it comes to skincare questions?
I look forward to it!
Alright, ladies. You heard that correctly.
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And that’s a wrap on my anti-aging skincare routine. We’ve been busy over here on the blog this new year—tons of new posts with tons of fashion, health, and lifestyle information. If you missed it, make sure to check out the definitive denim guide for women.
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
For me I have had success getting “perfect derma peel”. I also use ZoMedical products. When I had the IPL, the brown spots resurfaced later on.
i’ve heard good things about ZO why not let plastic surgeons get in on the skincare game? and, yes, you have to maintain IPL. most likely, i’ll go in for a yearly spot check after my initial treatments.
What is your lipstick shade in this post?
it’s peony pink. just updated the post.
What brand of lipstick? So pretty!
the lipstick with the pink sweater is Mac. here’s a link: https://amzn.to/358PDVW
What sunscreen do you use that goes on before you use Retinol or moisturize? I always thought it went on just before your foundation?
i only use sunscreen in the morning. retinol at night. the products aren’t listed in order of how they’re applied. only the products i use morning and/or night.
What concealer do you use? Your skin looks wonderful!
Hi Beth – You had recommended the Colleen Rothchild cleanser, which I use at night and love it. I have also been using the Vitamin C oil at night from Elemis and have purchased the cleansing pads from them. I use a Armorapacific cleansing oil in the morning. What retinol product do you recommend?
i use a retinol curated by my dermatologist. here’s a link: https://shopgeorgiaderm.com/product/renew/
A brave new world for you in skin care!
I have very few age spots, mostly on my décolleté I have found, strangely enough, if I use my LaRoche Posay sunscreen year round on my face, and anytime my décolleté is exposed, that the spots lighten over time. You will find, with the IPL that as soon as your skin can tolerate it, put on your sunscreen – daily all year. It will lessen or perhaps even prevent their reappearance.
For your ladies, who like me have psoriasis, etc., LaRoche Posay AP Baume is fantastic. With all the Covid19 stress this year, my skin has been extra sensitive so decided to try their new AP-M baume. It is for children as well, and is designed to repair your micro biome, soothe, and stops the itch. It doesn’t numb like other anti-itch things. The psoriasis breakout on my shoulders is gone in 2 days! No steroids 👏. You might find this new AP-B perfect for your IPL areas. Take care and have fun 🥂
thanks for sharing, andrea!
Hi Beth, Great information. I always prefer to hear cosmetic updates from someone who has actually had the procedure. Was there much discomfort during and after the visits?
I am a fan of lasers and fillers. I do not want to go for a facelift at this age!
But I still want to look and feel my best!
I’ll be back for updates…
Thanks so much, xok
the procedure felt like a rubber band snapping against my face. definitely tolerable but yet a bit of momentary discomfort.
Takes courage to post picture without makeup! I am impressed!
So glad to know where I can get grey eyebrow pencil. The only other one I can find is a Merle Norman and it is not easy to find a store anymore . I don’t know why more cosmetic lines don’t carry this color because so many people can use this color.
Cover Girl, Charcoal, can pass for grey.
You look fantastic-IPL or not. I have some broken capillaries on my face and I would like to get them removed.
You’ve been my inspiration to go gray!
Thank you for the information!
you’re very welcome!
I hope you have good results with the IPL, Beth. I had it done twice for some dark spots on my cheeks and I saw very minimal improvement. At $300 per session I had hoped for better…. but everyone will have different results. You have beautiful skin 😊
Beth – what is the difference in IPL treatments and LED Red light Therapy?? Do you know?
As always, consult with your Dr. but LED light therapy can run the gamut from at-home LED masks to treatments performed by your aesthetician. Basically, red light therapy enhances the production of collagen much like IPL. My understanding is the difference is in intensity. IPL has a higher energy level and higher cost than LED red light therapy and tends to be broadly more effective.
Thanks! 👍🏻 I’m interested in red light for help with joint pain too – I think the jury’s still out on that.
Thank you for this wonderful and very helpful post. I think your skin looks terrific, so whatever you are doing is working. It looks natural, too.
I am considering micro-needling but it sound like it could be painful. However, I am willing to try it. Could you elaborate a little on how it improved your skin? Did it take several sessions to see improvement, and did the improvement take time to see? Thanks so much.
Micro-needling isn’t painful as they numb your face before the procedure. It will look as if you have a sunburn for a day or so afterward. Now IPL was a different story as the laser zaps your skin and feels like a rubberband has zinged it. But I’ve noticed plumper skin and an even skin tone after each session of micro-needling which I space out every other month. Micro-needling helps collagen production which in turn keeps our skin firmer and tighter. Hope this helps!
It does, thanks so much, I’ll give it a go!
I ordered Opte because you recommended it. It just came but I haven’t taken it out of the box or seen the videos. You don’t mention it today and you raved about it a few weeks ago. BTW, I asked my dermatologist about Opte. She hadn’t heard of it but said IPL is old technology. New one is 0BBL. Please clarify about Opte.
OPTE is a home skincare device that works twofold: it conceals the dark spot while diminishing it over time. It can be used on your face, hands, arms, legs anywhere you typically have hyperpigmentation. Of course, since it’s an at home procedure it’s not as strong as a laser treatment or micro-needling that dermatologists, plastic surgeons, or medi spas offer but it does work wonders which is why I partnered with them on Instagram and YouTube. I’ve been using it on my legs with great success.
IPL has been around for a number of years for good reason – it works. Are there newer and better treatments? Skincare products and devices like OPTE continue to emerge. The choices abound!
I think you meant to place your sunscreen as the last step before makeup,right? I hope so!
I didn’t specify the order merely shared what I incorporate. I left that for Dr. Campbell to answer because many of us are confused. But, yes, sunscreen is the last step before applying makeup. If you apply any makeup that is.
Interesting and informative post! And your dermatologists are VERY generous in donating to charities. The only thing that I’m confused about is, if the proceeds from what we might purchase are being given to charity, then doesn’t the 15% discount come out of the funds that the charity would otherwise get? Thanks in advance for clarifying.
if a 15% discount encourages more women to buy the skincare line i think it’s an even trade.
Can I purchase this skin care from Australia
yes. they ship internationally
Based on your experience, I have an IPL appointment in a week. I’m a bit nervous, don’t like pain. Your skincare info is really helpful. I am understanding that you do micro needling every other month? I didn’t realize it is necessary so often.
you can schedule as many micro-needling appointments as you want. i bought a packet of six and decided to alternate months. it’s a terrific treatment for plump skin.
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