Dr Bollmann, Skin Care Expert, Anti-Aging Specialist
Did you know that your "biological age" and "actual age" can be different. You might be 60 years old, but your biological age is actually 76 !!!
And did you also know that today your biological age can actually be tested, by a simple blood draw?
The simple process is known as telomere testing. While we have known for over 25 years that testing the telomere reveals your biological age, and that a shortened telomere means you are older than your "actual" age, it is just recently that the testing for telomere is available commercially. (It is not yet covered by insurance, however).
Think of the telomere as the end part of a chromosome - like the plastic end of your shoelaces. The longer the telomere, the less older you are biologically, and the longer your life span. The telomere protects the dividing capacity of the chromosome. The longer the chromosome can divide, the younger you are.
What does this mean?
Well, by knowing the length of the telomere, and thus your "biological age", you can make the necessary changes to improve your life style, which can slow or reverse telomere damage, which in turn can reduce the incidence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other aging processes.
Of course, you can do this anyway - improve your lifestyle, that is. We all know that smoking, excess alcohol, and stress can cause many diseases. But knowing that your biological age is 76, when your birthday says 60, can definitely give you added incentive.
And don't forget, using our Bare Skin Care products can definitely KEEP you looking younger. Please peruse our Bare Skin PROGRAMS for specific problems like wrinkles, pigmentation, oily skin, and acne.
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First, the answer is yes, retinol can make wrinkles worse, especially when you first start using it. What is happening is a drying effect, and one can get epidermal sliding from separation from the dermis. But this is temporary, and will eventually end up tightening the skin around the eyelids, provided you are using a potent retinol preparation.