Skin care in the aging female: myths and truths

J Clin Invest. 2012 Feb;122(2):473-7. doi: 10.1172/JCI61978. Epub 2012 Feb 1.


I recently had the opportunity to visit a very relaxing and beautiful day spa during the middle-of-the-day break from the sessions at a Keystone meeting. I was having a very tranquil and restorative day, when I went in for my final treatment - a facial. The very chipper and cheerful esthetician began examining my skin and applying various creams, when I then heard her say something that nearly ruined my experience: she claimed that the topical treatment she was about to apply would, in her words, "cleanse my liver."

Publication types

  • Portrait
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology*
  • Beauty Culture
  • Dermatologic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Dermatology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Skin / anatomy & histology
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin Care / methods*


  • Dermatologic Agents