As you take serious steps towards achieving flawless skin, it is important to incorporate skin products that remedy the underlying skin condition. After a diagnostic skin analysis, these products are designed to target the problematic skin conditions. These include products to improve collagen production and address fine lines and wrinkles. Alternatively, your skin may demand products to address hyperpigmentation and acne.
A. Retinols: These vitamin A derivatives are applied to the skin at night and have been shown to boost collagen production, boost cell turn-over and unclog pores. Various concentrations are available to target your particular skin issue.
B. Vitamin C: Highly concentrated topical Vitamin C has potent anti-oxidant effects that can teat and prevent UV-induced photodamage. Vitamin C also plays a role in collagen synthesis that is important in treating and protecting against fine lines and wrinkles.
C. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s): this includes glycolic acids, lactic acids, citric acids and malic acids. AHA’s are potent exfoliating agents that can help brighten your complexion and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. They are also effective in treating acne and increasing collagen production. The increased blood flow to the skin from AHA’s produces healthy, glowing skin. Glycolic acids exhibit the deepest penetration into the skin, and thus is the better option for anti-aging skin care.
D. Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s): Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring BHA that is a potent keratolytic agent. This means it will help dissolve dead skin at the surface of the skin. It will also penetrate the pores and help dissolve oils that can clog the pores.
E. Niacinamide: This is a form of vitamin B3 that helps to improve the skins hydrolipid barrier by increasing the production of ceramides. Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory effects and some benefits in reducing hyperpigmentation.
- Hyperpigmentation: Retinol at night and vitamin C serum during the day will help increase cell turnover and effectively treat hyperpigmentation.
- Acne: Incorporating a low dose retinol at night and the extra exfoliating actions of AHA’s and BHA’s (such as our dual toner) will help treat and prevent acne.
- Melasma: Avoiding photodamage is essential with highly potent vitamin C serum which can be combined with our gentle 10% glycolic exfoliating pads to brighten up your complexion.
- Rosacea: Minimizing inflammation with niacinamide will help to calm your skin and prevent flare ups.
- Fine lines and Wrinkles: Most effectively treated with retinol therapy at night and glycolic acids for gentle exfoliation and an overall improvement in skin turnover.
PROTECT: The sun causes the most damage to the skin, and photoaging is accelerated in skin that is not protected from the sun. A vital part of a skin care regimen is SPF, this is particularly true after a medical cosmetic treatment. Sun block with SPF30+ should be used daily, and prolonged sun exposure should be avoided in the early days following a medical cosmetic procedure. Purely physical sunscreens without irritating chemicals is best for sensitive skin.