Whenever I become part of a clients’ “skin health team” I let them know that at least 60% of the results we achieve together is about what they do at home. Think about it, if you are visiting your esthetician once a month, for every one time that professional is treating your skin, you have 59 opportunities to treat your skin at home! Here are a few basics to look for in a good skin care regimen.
- Cleansing twice daily with a pH appropriate product for your skin type is a must. This is the foundation for the rest of your regimen. It’s so important, that we’re dedicating a whole series to this under-appreciated task in January – stay tuned!
- Daily SPF. Yes, daily. Not just when you’re headed to the beach or planning extended outdoor activities. Even small deposits into your UV “bank” will add up over the years, and since prolonged UV exposure is very high on the list of controllable aging factors, it’s important do this every day.
- Hydration. We’ve discussed the importance of internal hydration; so external hydration is another essential step in healthy skin for all skin types – even acne. The skin functions best when properly hydrated. It looks and feels better too. A good moisturizer can be found for all skin types and conditions and should leave you feeling soft, velvety and moist, not greasy or oily and should be done twice daily
- Retinoids. Available in many forms, some easier for your skin/body to unitize than others, a good retinoid treatment product has many benefits. Increased cell turnover and collagen deposition, reduction of fine – moderate lines and wrinkles, reduction of mild scarring and pigmentation as well as acne control. Wow! That’s a lot of benefit from one humble ingredient!
- Vitamin C. This well-known vitamin (in it’s correct form) has many of the same benefits as retinol, but accomplishes them in a different way. Among them, collagen stimulation, lightening and prevention of pigment formation, as well as antioxidant and added UV protection. In a nutshell, it lightens, tightens and brightens and who can’t benefit from that?
- Peptides. These groups of amino acid chains have become rock stars in skin care over the last 10 years and with good reason. They are catalysts for change in the skin and body can help create matrix proteins (think collagen, elastin, fibronectin) and help to reduce frown related creases, and the formation of pigment.
- Growth Factors like peptides are being used more and more for their ability to stimulate new cell growth at a faster rate. Growth factors in skin care give us better wound healing, rejuvenation and recovery from professional corrective treatments.
- Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients. If you have acne, rosacea, eczema, hyperpigmentation or psoriasis, controlling inflammation is important. one or two products in your daily regimen specifically geared toward your condition. They should contain a good profile of anti-inflammatory ingredients. Ask your esthetician what those ingredients are and how they will help your condition.
Of course, you may not use all of these components at one time. In the Chrysalis, we have a seasonal approach to rotating clients through basic skin care, advanced corrective products and treatments. Ask us how we can help customize a skin care regimen just for you!