HOME SKIN CARE INFORMATION
Good home care is an essential part of achieving and maintaining long-term skin health. The following two sections go over the most frequently asked questions we receive about skin care as well as what types of products make up the “basics” of a good home care program.
If you have further questions or would like professional assistance developing a customized program with medical-grade, therapeutic skin care, please call us at 805-695-2197 and schedule a complimentary consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Basics of a Comprehensive Home Care Program
The following five categories are the basic building blocks of a good home care regimen:
- CLEANSERS: The first step in any skin care program. It is necessary to clean makeup, dirt, and oil from your skin in order to allow the therapeutic products to have a maximum effect. Poor cleansing can also result in clogged pores.
- EXFOLIANTS: Work by increasing cell turnover. As we age, cell turnover decreases, which can give the skin a “dull” look and/or a rough, uneven color and feel. By helping to remove the outer skin layers, exfoliants “freshen” the skin, as well as allow other therapeutic products to penetrate more effectively. Furthermore, with proper use, exfoliants help the skin to become more hydrated.
- ANTIOXIDANTS: Fight against the free radical injury (environmental chemical compounds that cause skin DNA damage) that is associated with sun damage, skin aging, and skin cancer. Topical application of “active” antioxidants is far more effective than oral ingestion. Consistent use of antioxidant skin care helps repair prior environmental damage as well as decreases future damage.
- RETINOIDS: Help to normalize skin cell growth. They decrease the development of abnormal cells (such as cancer), pigment clumping (brown spots), and the activity of some enzymes that cause skin degradation. They also work to increase collagen and elastin production, which makes the skin look healthier and more youthful.
- SUN PROTECTION (UV Protection): The most basic and important thing you can do for your skin. It is critical to wear a broadband (UVA and UVB) sunscreen every day as the damage UV radiation causes leads to premature aging, abnormal pigmentation, spider veins, and skin cancer. UVB rays cause sunburns and directly damage DNA. UVA rays penetrate more deeply, creating oxidative damage that causes aging and skin sagging. Please note that UVA rays are present even on cloudy days and the majority of sun damage is caused by incidental exposure (not “laying out”). If you do nothing else for your skin, wear a good sunscreen daily!
Depending on your skin type and condition, these might also be important:
- MOISTURIZERS: Help skin appear smoother and younger by hydrating cells. This reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles, makes the skin recover faster from environmental stressors, and decreases water loss through the skin.
- SKIN TYPE SPECIFIC PRODUCTS: Depending on your skin type and condition (i.e., acne prone, mature, dry, etc), specific products may provide additional benefit.
Choosing the right care regimen can be difficult. Don’t worry, we are here to help! Our experienced staff can help design a skin care program specifically for you that, combined with in-office procedures, will help you look your best for years to come!
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