Greetings! Spring is around the corner and is a great time to work on changing the appearance of your skin or to get a great glow after the dry winter has had its way with your skin. Here are some tips to keep you looking your best.
Look Younger, Age Later!
Have you ever been told you look younger than you really are? I’m sure it made your day! Your skin defines your youthful appearance more than anything else! I want to share a few effective ways to support and firm your skin so you can have the youngest and best looking skin possible. First, for a younger, smoother look, you’ll want to make sure your skin has lots of collagen. Collagen is a group of proteins that together form the building blocks for your skin (and connective tissue). Collagen gives volume, flexibility and strength to your skin and is what makes it look healthy and young. It makes up the majority of the dermis, which is the layer of skin just below the surface. Over time, your collagen breaks down, when that happens, we say our skin is “aging.” But what we’re really saying is that we are beginning to see diminished facial volume and elasticity. The loss of elasticity and volume results in wrinkles, more sagginess, and lines. You can increase your collagen naturally to give you a fuller face, fewer wrinkles and lines, and help you look younger.
The “Moisture Secret”
Your body makes a nutrient that keeps your skin moist, soft and supple. It’s called Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic Acid promotes the ability of collagen to retain moisture in your skin, acting as a sponge soaking up moisture. Hyaluronic acid gives your skin more firmness, elasticity and flexibility to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In your face, HA gives you the smooth, taut, fullness we associate with youth. When you’re young, you naturally have a lot of HA. But as you age, your body doesn’t make as much and your skin suffers. HA has the amazing ability to hold vast amounts of water, absorbing around 1,000 times its weight in water. You don’t need any special treatment to get the youth-building benefits of HA. It can be used topically with dramatic results. The skin can absorb HA at a cellular level, unlike some moisturizers that simply sit on the top of your skin, HA sinks into the deeper levels of your skin where it’s needed most.
Vitamin A derivatives such as retinol and retinoic acid, with Retinoic acid being the bioavailable form of vitamin A. Topical application of the prescription drug often leads to surface irritation, and thinning of the skin. For this reason, many prefer retinol, which is a commonly used cosmeceutical ingredient that can be successfully converted into retinoic acid within the skin. Studies suggest both effectively increase cell turnover, inhibit melanogenesis, (the formation of pigment) increase collagen and elastin synthesis, and reduce free radical damage.
Vitamin C is a multifaceted topical agent capable of performing several functions within the skin. L-ascorbic acid is the bioavailable form of vitamin C, and 15-20% is excellent for daily collagen promotion, hyper-pigmentation reduction, anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidant protection.
Chemical exfoliation has been used for centuries to reduce the appearance of skin wrinkling and discolorations. The application of acids to the surface of the skin encourages increased collagen synthesis, enhanced penetration of topical products and improved overall appearance, enhances volume and elasticity to restore a youthful balance to your face so you can start looking the way you did years ago.
I have products that have all these active ingredients to help you “put your best face forward.” If you are interested in having a series of chemical resurfacing peels, we can discuss what would be best for your skin, and your desired results. I would love to discuss a skin care program just for you, please call!