A new year always means new goals, plans, or resolutions that we strive to work towards. But do we ever make goals for skin improvement and preservation? We are sharing some skin care tips that will last a lifetime and are sure to keep skin healthy, slow down signs of aging and damage for good.
Simplify and Have A Purposeful Routine
The best skin care routines are planned out and include the most effective ingredients. We often see many patients who are either not using enough of the right products or are over exfoliating. Too many acids or retinols can disrupt the skin’s barrier and its ability to protect the skin. Our master estheticians at UFP Aesthetic’s not only like to consult with patients on a routine that works, but educate on product ingredients and how they are going to maintain skin for many years. Think of it like exercise for the skin, if you slack on it or stop it will surely show.
Hydrate and Soften with A Good Hyaluronic Acid
We’ve all heard the term “baby soft skin” and there is a reason behind it. When we are born our skin is full of hyaluronic acid and this is why it’s so supple and soft. As we age we lose H.A. along with collagen and elastin. Even oilier skin types should use a hyaluronic acid product. Skin that is not properly hydrated will not function well, resulting in lines and sagging skin over time. One of our favorites and a top dermatologist recommended H.A. product is SkinMedica’s HA5. It is formulated with 5 different forms of hyaluronic acid and provides both immediate and long term effects.
Antioxidants Prevent Damage and Promote Glow
We all know what antioxidants do for the body, and antioxidants are a must in your skin care regimen. Vitamin C is the most popular form of antioxidant used in skin care, but it is not the only one. Antioxidants when applied to the skin, block out free radicals that damage and break down skin cells, causing signs of aging. This product is applied after cleansing in the A.M. regimen, which help to prevent damage along with a sunscreen. We love SkinCeuticals antioxidants because they are packed with several antioxidants and formulated with the most potent ingredients for every skin type.
Your Skin Is What You Eat
Did you know the skin is the largest organ of the body? Lack of water and an unhealthy diet will show in the skin in a big way. A healthy balance of dark colored fruits and vegetables will replenish antioxidants in the body. Omega-3 rich foods or supplements have many benefits for regulating oil production, improving hydration, and help minimize breakouts. What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it.
Why You Should Use A Retinoid
Retinoids have been used in skin care for many years. They are one of the strongest and quickest ways to reduce lines, acne, hyperpigmentation and improve overall skin texture. It is important to use this product nightly or every other night for it to be effective, but it can also cause redness and irritation due to increased skin turnover. If individuals experience irritation, they will likely stop using a retinol product. Tretinoin is well known and a stronger form of treatment. At UFP Aesthetics we have some great options and one of our favorites is SkinBetter’s Alpharet Overnight Cream. It contains an effective retinoid and alpha-hydroxy acid blend with little to no irritation, making it great for long time use. Retinoids increase photo sensitivity in the skin so it is important to wear sunscreen daily.
Regimen Consistency Is Key
Just like anything else, to see results and change there must be consistency in the products you are using. It takes time for these ingredients to get into the skin cells. When you are educated and understand the importance of your regimen, it makes it much easier to get into a daily routine. You will start to notice healthier, radiant skin in no time.
Seek Out Professional Help
Walking into any skin care aisle to start a skin regimen can be overwhelming for many. There are several products and brands available and it may be very confusing. When we are younger its easy and normal to use a minimal regimen to cleanse and moisturize, but as we age and are truly interested in getting ahead of your skin care game you should visit a master esthetician. An experienced skin care specialist will know how to educate and guide you into a skin care plan fit just for you. It will take a lot of time and guessing out of the picture and you can start working on your skin goals.
UFP Aesthetics’ professionals recommend a consultation to discuss skin care goals and reversing signs of aging. A skin care routine is always the first place to start and then treatments like chemical peels, Botox, or fillers might be a good option for you to restore youthful skin and features. If you are in Salt Lake City, UT or surrounding areas call 801-776-2220 to schedule a consultation to make your skin care resolutions a reality.