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Do beauty products provide cures or are they all just hype?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

It seems like everybody is looking for the fountain of youth.

And doctors say over-the-counter products can help.

When 70-year-old Janice McEwen looks at the damage to her skin over the years, she is startled.

"This past year we found we had some squeamish cells," said Janice.

Dermatologist Ronea Harris explains to McEwen that sun damage has led to this problem.

Dr. Harris says that aside from avoiding the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., purchasing the proper sunscreen and other beauty products is important.

But to keep your skin looking young and preventing serious skin conditions you need to take a close look at what's on the label.

She says the key is whether over-the-counter products are giving accurate information on their labels.

"They really offer a lot of promises however it takes time to deliver the promises that they are offering," said Dr. Harris.

The doctor says at worst, the misinformation on over-the-counter product labels can cause allergic reactions.

If your skin has no serious issues, over-the-counter products may be right for you.

"When you're talking about promoting anti aging over the long term it does take time so by applying these topical products on a regular basis you'll be able to reap the benefits," said Dr. Harris.

"It has helped my skin get back a little of the youthful glow," adds Janice.

But over-the-counter products only go so far.

"You want to see your dermatologist perhaps to start prescription products or cosmological that contain higher potency of the vitamin A ingredients as well as some other modalities such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing and of course neurotoxins such as Botox," said Dr. Harris.

As for McEwen, she's changing some of her life-long habits.

"I'm going to be real careful in the summer to keep the sunscreen."

Dr. Harris says there are three components to the aging phase.

Volume deficit, skin texture and tone, and fine lines and wrinkles.

She says most of the over the counter products primarily target for skin texture and tone.

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