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basic essentials of skin care

The Basic Essentials of Skin Care

We all know how intimidating a complex skin care regimen can seem. It sounds like a great idea when planning, however implementing a regimen that consists of five or more skin care products daily seems like the last thing anyone would want to do after a long day. If you are tired of using product x and y at 8:57pm on weekday nights, just to alternate products a, b, and c at 6:00pm on weekend nights, then we will make it extremely easy for you. I am here to strip it down to the simplest components of skin care – our basic essentials.

Essential Skin Care Products

USE SUNSCREEN TO PREVENT

Applying a daily sunscreen can effectively prevent sunburns, reduce the risk of skin cancer, and help prevent early signs of skin aging. The key word is daily. Applying a sunscreen everyday may seem excessive to most, but the reality is that the majority of sun damage comes from everyday exposure (i.e., running errands, driving in the car, etc). This does not mean you need to walk around every day smelling like a coconut or any other heavily fragranced sunscreen, there are numerous sunscreens that are fragrance free and cosmetically elegant to apply. For example, Elta MD offers a line of sun protection for every age and skin type. However, the name of the game is to get individuals to wear a sunscreen daily, so if you prefer a coconut or pina colada scented sunscreen, then you can rock it!

USE RETINOIDS TO REPAIR

Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A. The generic, Tretinoin, or better known by the brand name, Retin-A, has significant research supporting it’s superiority among all of the anti-aging products available. With one pea size application nightly, you can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, boost the skin’s thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen, and lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure.

SKIN CARE IS ALMOST TOO EASY

The combination of a sunscreen in the morning and a retinoid at night is the most simple, basic skin care product regimen that will prevent and maintain your youthful appearance. (For the go getters out there, it’s always best to add a vitamin C or eye cream.)

STILL BASIC- JUST ONE STEP UP

However, we like to step it up just one more notch. We consider our basic essentials as an annual regimen of two products and two services. You may have heard of BBL and Microneedling- both of which we love! By adding these two non-invasive procedures, you can maximize your results from your products, all while adding to your anti-aging skin care routine. (See below for the details)

Essential Skin Care Treatments

BBL PHOTOFACIALS

Our Forever Young BBL photofacials can help you look years younger and erase the signs of aging. The power of BBL (“BroadBand Light”) is safe for skin rejuvenation and for treating “background noise”- aka, sun damage, redness and dark spots. The light energy delivered by the BBL will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen foundation, which restores your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant, and younger looking. Keeping it simple, we recommend just one to two treatments annually.

MICRONEEDLING

Microneedling is another collagen-inducing procedure that utilizes needles to create microscopic injuries. In response to these punctures, your body produces new collagen and elastin, helping to improve the look and feel of your skin. Again, one to two of these skin care treatments annually will have you noticing the fine lines and wrinkles visibly reduced, pores appear finer, and the overall condition of your skin improved!

We understand that skin care can be complex and confusing and that’s why we want to make it simple for you. We offer a wide variety of products and procedures and if you are interested in customizing a treatment plan specifically for you, we can pick a great regimen to meet your needs.

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