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Developing a consistent skincare routine that incorporates sun protection and medical-grade skincare products can help minimize cosmetic imperfections and improve your skin health. Everyone’s skin gradually loses hydration and elasticity due to aging, sun damage and genetics, but skincare products can both protect against daily damage and resupply your skin with the vital nutrients it needs to stay youthful.
Whether you are interested in anti-aging products, advanced serums, effective moisturizers, top-of-the-line sun protection or more, Dr. Catherine Haywood can provide you with a customized routine of products by the world’s most trusted skincare brands.
There are numerous reasons why you may be drawn to certain products. You may buy a drugstore product because it’s affordable and convenient to find. You may like a department store product because it has luxurious packaging or is beloved by your favorite makeup guru. You may prefer indie products because of their unique branding or commitment to ethical business practices.
But when it comes to your skin, one factor matters more than any other: is it actually helping?
Over-the-counter products are tempting for many reasons, but they often don’t perform as well as medical-grade products available through a physician. Medical-grade skincare products contain higher-quality ingredients and higher concentrations of active ingredients than other products. They are developed with oversight from doctors and scientists and are backed by extensive clinical research and testing.
By using advanced mechanisms of absorption and delivery, these products penetrate deeper into the skin and address problems that are beyond the scope of OTC products. Medical-grade products may also have a longer shelf life because they use more stabilized ingredients. Add these advantages up, and you have the recipe for medical-grade skincare products that can exceed expectations where OTC brands frequently fall short.
An optimized skincare routine can help repair and prevent damage, as well as maintain your overall skin health and enhance your results from in-office treatments. Nearly everyone can benefit from starting with the basics:
Choosing a suitable cleanser for your skin type is an important first step in your daily skincare regimen. In general, gel-based and gentle foaming cleansers work well for oily complexions, while cream and lotion-based cleansers are recommended for normal to dry skin. The right product for you will thoroughly cleanse your skin without leaving it feeling sticky or dry after rinsing.
There are two types of exfoliants: physical and chemical. It’s best to avoid physical exfoliants, such as scrubs containing sugar or beads, because they are harsh on the skin. Instead, try a chemical exfoliant of an appropriate strength for your skin type. Exfoliating with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) removes the top layer of dead skin and helps to clear pores, leaving you with a brighter, smoother complexion.
Moisturizing ingredients fall into several categories. Humectants draw water into the skin from the environment. Occlusives act as a barrier that prevents water from leaving the skin (a process called ‘transepidermal water loss’). Emollients fill cracks in the skin barrier to trap in moisture and make the skin smoother and softer. When choosing a moisturizer, it’s important to look for the right type of moisturizing ingredients in addition to choosing a product with a texture (oil, cream, gel, etc.) that works for you.
Sun damage is the principal cause of premature skin aging. Make sure to protect your skin every day by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen that shields against both UVA and UVB rays. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above. You can also protect your skin by wearing protective clothing like long-sleeve shirts, hats and sunglasses, and by avoiding direct sunlight in the middle of the day.
Remember: your skin is uniquely yours. The best skincare routine is one that’s personally tailored to your skin type, texture, tone, goals and other variables. After a consultation, Dr. Haywood can help you create a customized skincare plan that will keep your skin looking and feeling fresh for years to come.
If your skin has developed a tired or dull appearance, or you want to take proactive steps toward maintaining healthy skin later in life, we can help. Contact Brampton Plastic Surgery to learn about advanced skincare products from Vivier and Alyria. With a medical-grade regimen tailored thoughtfully to your age, skin type, lifestyle and concerns, you can enjoy quicker and more impactful results.
An effective skincare routine can be enhanced with treatments like Botox and dermal fillers, or be the perfect complement to the results of a facelift or eye lift, all of which are offered at Brampton Plastic Surgery. Call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Haywood and learn more about healthy, beautiful skin.