Forget Botox or microdermabrasion. B. Kamins creator, Ben Kaminsky, shares his simple secrets on how women can look years younger without a trip to the surgeon's office.
In his recent book, Beyond Botox: 7 Strategies for Sexy, Ageless Skin Without Needles or Surgery, Ben Kaminsky draws upon his experience as a research chemist developing skin-care products -- such as his own line, B.Kamins -- to show women how to take care of their skin and fight the signs of aging. His 7-step program details how to keep your skin looking young from both the inside and outside, including tips on diet (hint: eat veggies, and lots of them), exercise (moderation is key), stress management and choosing the right products for your skin type. We spoke with Kaminsky about his inspiration, his tips on skin-care and his favourite product ingredients.
Elle Canada: You say you're inspired to help women have better skin. Where does that come from? What's your inspiration?
Ben Kaminsky: I did it to save my marriage. A number of years ago my wife came to me and complained bitterly that here I was doing all this work for other people and she too had conditions (aging skin). And when she came to me -- it was a number of years ago -- we began to look at the clinical work, the clinical literature. I'm a research chemist, so we tackled things more from a scientific or a medical viewpoint. She was past perimenopause and there are special changes that were occurring on her skin. When we began to look into what we could do, we found that we could treat the symptoms of what we call environmental or extrinsic aging, and that we could do it appropriately and well.
EC: In your book you talk about your seven-step program -- tell me about it.
BK: Essentially they're strategies for skin aging. There's two kinds of skin aging that we've worked on. We've worked on chronological or hereditary aging, which covers roughly 20 percent of total skin aging. So you can zap a wrinkle or another two or three if you've got money to pay for it, but it doesn't solve your problem. It's interesting, as an aside, roughly only 2 or 3 percent of women have really opted to go that way. The majority of North American women, and you're talking about 125 million women, haven't gone that way and they're looking for different steps.
We know today more about the biology and the structure of skin than ever before and as a result you can make multi-functional preparations which are very appropriate for what we call environmental or extrinsic aging. It starts in your late 20s when you begin to see changes in your skin. So your skin dries more, it becomes rougher, you get uneven skin tone, and your pores get a larger. These symptoms represent most of the aging -- about 80 percent of total aging. Consciously or unconsciously we do judge each other by our complexions. Women in North America now live to anywhere from 81 to 84 years. That means that roughly 30 to 35 years after menopause you've got a whole period in there where you still can look good, and need to look good. Our book deals with this and helps you achieve that aim without needles.