Have you ever looked at someone and wondered how their skin could be so brilliant or youthful, perhaps it appeared ‘flawless’ or ‘ageless?’ I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s not just luck. We cannot deny that many things contribute to great skin—lifestyle, genetics, overall health and wellness are all factors. However, when it comes to maintaining and rejuvenating your skin’s radiant, youthful appearance, a combination of in-office cosmetic procedures and aesthetic treatments see their best results when paired with a good at-home skincare regimen.
When building a good skincare regimen you want to focus on four main areas: exfoliation, hydration, restoration and protection.
First, you need to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the outmost layer of the skin, or epidermis leaving you with smoother, fresher skin. We recommend chemical exfoliates such as alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA) acids as the best way to remove these skin cells. These ingredients can be found in a cleanser, toner or moisturizer.
Next, you want to focus on hydration. When your skin is properly hydrated it appears more fresh and youthful looking. Choosing the right moisturizer is key. You’ll want to choose a moisturizer for your skin type that contains antioxidants that will fight off free radical damage. And don’t forget to drink that water!
After exfoliating and hydrating we need to start repairing some things. As the bodies first line of physical defense, the skin can undergo a lot of aggressors—this is why using a retinol is so important. Retinols have been proven to boost collagen and repair damage done to vulnerable, aging skin. They are recommended for almost everyone over the age of twenty who is not pregnant or nursing.
Another important area of repair is restoring that youthful appearance by filling in fine lines and wrinkles. You want to incorporate growth factor, proteins and peptides in your regimen for this. We recommend TNS Essential Serum as one of the best products on the market for skin rejuvenation. This serum not only brightens firms and improves all-over skin texture, it fills in fine lines and wrinkles helping you look the way you feel on the inside.
Last but not least, our skin needs protection. Science has shown us over and over again the seriousness of protecting our skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. These harmful solar rays break down our skin making it vulnerable to developing skin cancer, while breaking down collagen and elastin, and accelerating the aging process. As much as we know how important it is to avoid the sun, we know this is impossible. To make sure you are protected we recommend wearing a broadband spectrum sunscreen that contains an SPF of 30-45 or higher. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach. It’s for everyday life and needs to be an essential in your daily skincare regimen.
Southeastern Dermatology offers top of the line, professional medical-grade products that will give you proven results. We will work with you to customize an individual skincare regimen that best fits your needs, lifestyle and budget.