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Not confined -- despite its title -- to fending off those pesky wrinkles, this is a guide to maintaining a healthy, supple, and glowing complexion at any age, without plastic surgery. Dr. Perricone, a renowned dermatologist, instructs readers on reaping the benefits of antioxidants and cosmeceuticals, as well as the lasting effects of sound nutrition.
The book asserts that much of what we consider the natural effects of aging on the skin is actually quite avoidable. The lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and loss of firmness and moisture that accrue over the years are not the result of the body's aging process; they are in fact the result of exposure to free radicals released by contact with the sun, chemicals, stress, cosmetics, and other forms of maltreatment. The explanation of the damage caused by free radicals and the ways in which antioxidants counterbalance this damage is truly eye-opening. In addition to the skin-saving techniques imparted by the book, readers will come away with a clear understanding of the science of aging, especially as it relates to their skin.
To help patients, and now readers, combat the ravages of free radicals, Dr. Perricone has formulated a program that incorporates antioxidants found in vegetables and topical antioxidant treatments he has termed cosmeceuticals, like vitamin C ester, DMAE, and alpha lipoic acid. These cosmeceuticals -- a cross between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals -- allow antioxidants to be absorbed readily by the skin, which uses them to stabilize free radicals. The book presents numerous stories of patients who turned to cosmeceuticals instead of facelifts, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program. These stories are a highlight of the book, as they provide compelling examples of the power of antioxidants to repair not only the skin but also the self-esteem of users of all ages.
The premise of the book is that treating your skin well -- from the inside as well as the outside -- ought to be an imperative part of anyone's health and beauty regimen. By nourishing our bodies with antioxidant-rich foods and protecting our skin from the sun and other exterior hazards, we can all enjoy luminous skin well into our golden years. And if it's too late for such precautionary measures, there's always The Wrinkle Cure to help. (Karen Burns)