Skincare products may offer initial dramatic results, but the risks of side effects as skin acclimates, such as redness and flakiness always occur over time. The ARRESTAGE product is designed to compensate for the body’s adaptation to the active ingredients that lose their effectiveness over a period of regular application.

When women talk about aging skin, the first thing they mention is wrinkles.
As you age, your body starts producing collagen, a protein that helps keep your skin plump and elastic, more slowly, causing the outer skin to become more prone to creasing and wrinkling. Cells also tend to lose moisture faster, due to hormonal changes, so skin becomes drier and less radiant.

The challenge is to slow the collagen degradation process of the skin in all aging stages. Personalized formulating to adapt a continual effective regimen of topical products is the difference in ARRESTAGE. Specific active ingredients are selected for their ability to accelerate skin cell turnover and inhibit the DNA damage that breaks down collagen. To achieve the correct balance of results and effectiveness over time, ARRESTAGE employs a questionnaire that analyzes each person’s skin type and aging profile. ARRESTAGE active enhancers are used to augment the formulas on an individual basis, after a sequence of initial compounds are selected for a specific profile.

Beauty fads may come and go, but retinoids refuse to fade from the spotlight. “Even after decades of research, retinoids are still the gold standard in anti-aging,” says David E. Bank, MD, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY.

Retinoids, which are derived from vitamin A, boost collagen production and increase skin cell turnover to treat lines and wrinkles, discolorations, and acne. When incorporating them into your skin care routine, you’ll have two basic choices: a prescription retinoid from a dermatologist or an over-the-counter retinol, a less potent type. A dermatologist can help assess your complexion and recommend the product—Rx or OTC—that will best address your skin concerns.

Today, the new generation of retinoids is kinder and gentler, containing a host of hydrators and skin-soothers. Even better news: A 2009 study in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology suggests that retinols are effective at fighting the signs of aging in smaller doses than previously believed, so there’s less risk of side effects. To help you pick the best product for your skin, we’ve put together a retinoid rundown of the latest and greatest, with tips on how to use them to solve your biggest skin issues. Whether you’re consulting with a dermatologist or choosing an OTC on your own, these recommendations can help you get started.