We all wonder if there really is a “face lift in a jar” and, if so, what is it and where can I get some- right now! Of course, we all would love such a simple remedy that can miraculously provide us with the fountain of youth right in our own little pot of face cream. But, unfortunately, the truth of the matter is a bit more complicated than a face lift miracle in a jar. There are a variety of signs of aging that we see occur as the years march along that can include-(just to name just a few)- sun damage, dry, scaly skin, dark age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, mottled skin tone, enlarged pores, sagging facial skin, ruddy skin texture, loss of skin elasticity and a decrease in the skin’s healing abilities. Obviously, even if you have just a few of these aging skin symptoms, don’t you think it is rather unlikely that just one simple, little face cream- the miracle in a jar- is going to effectively address such a range of issues? A magic wand, maybe, but who has one of those? But don’t despair, effective skin rejuvenation is possible with accurate information and a well thought out strategy. The first and foremost in creating an effective skin rejuvenation regime is to use clinically proven anti-aging skin care treatments. Although the market is saturated with products that claim to banish wrinkles forever, firm sagging skin and make those age spots just up and disappear right before your very eyes; there are in actuality, only a handful of anti-aging treatments that have been independently clinically proven to be effective. Start your skin rejuvenation regime with clinically proven skin care treatments. For example, some of the more popular favorites are Vitamin A-(better known as retinol), glycolic acid- (an alpha hydroxy acid, AHA), Vitamin C Ester, and Vitamin K. The trick is to make sure that the active ingredient(s) in products you select have incorporated an appropriate percentage of the anti-aging treatment. If you review the ingredient list and the product only has a 1% concentration of glycolic acid, then why bother? An effective concentration of glycolic acid should be at least 8%. (Although, any product with a concentration of glycolic acid over 15% should only be administered by a professional, you don’t want to harm your skin!) The Vitamin A, retinol products should have at least a .15% concentration. The strongest over the counter retinol product that you can buy without a prescription is 1%. The higher concentrations of both glycolic acid and retinol can be rather strong so start very, very slowly so your skin has a chance to get use to them. Just these two skin care treatments can accomplish a great deal in rejuvenating aging skin including exfoliating dead skin cells, stimulating skin cell repair, encouraging new skin cell growth, improving fine lines and wrinkles, stimulating collagen production, improving skin tone and texture, decreasing enlarged pores and can actually significantly improve acne or outbreaks of blemishes. Not bad for beginning a new skin rejuvenation regime. Layering different anti-aging treatments is also an important strategy to use if you want to achieve significant results. Adding a powerful antioxidant such as a stable form of Vitamin C Ester will help protect the skin from further damage and improve the skin’s healing ability. A “Super” Vitamin K product is well known for improving those dark circles under the eyes and is helpful is reducing the redness from broken capillaries that can give the skin a red, ruddy appearance. Although DMAE hasn’t been clinically proven to firm sagging skim, preliminary studies have been quite promising. Hydroquinone in concentrations of 1% to 2% can be used to bleach those stubborn age spots that can blossom with wild abandon as we age. There are simply hundreds of combinations for skin care treatments that can be tailored to address your own aging skin care needs so don’t be afraid to experiment a little bit to find the best combination that works for you!