Dr Phillip Levy, top Geneva aesthetic dermatologist, reveals his top tips for youthful-looking skin
Words Felicity Carter
Dr Phillip Levy is a top Geneva-based aesthetic dermatologist and heads one of Europe’s most prestigious private practices. He is the first private doctor in Switzerland to have introduced aesthetic Botox®, pain-free hyaluronic acid as well as CO2 laser resurfacing. We catch up with him to discover his top tips for fresh, youthful looking skin.
Start your anti-ageing skincare regime early
Ageing already starts at around 20 years-old so theoretically one should start looking after their skin at 20. In practice, we notice that at 30 years-old many patients start to have fine lines and fine wrinkles, especially at the crow’s feet area. But it doesn’t stop there. Patients at 50 years-old regularly using our Booster Serum and Booster Cream have been amazed at the significant improvement of the texture and smoothness of their skin.
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Epidermal stem cells regenerate the outer epidermis layer and dermal stem cells regenerate the skin’s fibroblasts, those ‘factory-cells’ which produce the collagen and elastin, two of the most important natural wrinkle-fighters in the skin. Hence, stem cells are the mother cells that re-activate the skins own powerful regenerating system – essential to keeping the skin radiant and younger-looking.
Don’t neglect your décolletage
A recent study by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has shown that lines and wrinkles in the neck and chest areas as one of the highest anti-ageing concern (68%), significantly higher than wrinkles and lines in the frownline (55%) and forehead (56%) areas. Why is the décolletage area such an early and prominent concern? Because, contrary to the face, even his most careful patients tend to forget to protect this particularly thin and sensitive area. As a result, skin ageing is caused not only by increasingly tired and worn-out stem cells, but also excessive oxidative stress.
Protect your skin from pollution
Science has shown that repetitive exposure to air pollution is associated with the premature ageing of the skin. In fact, the protective ability of the skin is not unlimited and problems arise when exposure to environmental stressors overwhelms its natural defensive potential. Exposure to pollution and UV-rays result in significant oxidative stress effects and can induce damage both to the epidermis and deeper dermis with, for example, reduced levels of vitamins E & C, interference with the skin’s barrier and chronic inflammation and irritation.
All these disruptions can then decrease the quality of collagen & elastin and accelerate the signs of premature ageing of the face, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and pigment spots. The Dr. LEVY Switzerland®’s synergistic 3DEEPTM Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser helps to progressively eliminate dullness from the outer cell layer and has a unique creamy texture, that further helps to fortify the natural moisture barrier of the skin, leaving the skin delightfully silky and soft.
Look after your eyes
The eyes are the most captivating an expressive part of our face and they require special attention care to keep them looking youthful. Because the eye contour skin is more fragile and thinner than the rest of the face it ages faster and is more prone to puffiness and water retention. I recommend using an eye booster serum that has long term rejuvenating effects but also short-term boosting results.
Invest in a good night cream
While we sleep our skin works hard to repair and regenerate itself so give it a helping hand with a rich, moisturising cream full of active ingredients to keep your skin nourished and hydrated.