Building the Proper Skin Care Program

Posted on April 09, 2014 | Posted under Skin Care Program

Trying to navigate the sea of skin care in drug stores, department stores, cosmetic counters, websites or books can leave you feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless choices. When I started my business and entered the world of esthetics in 1995, it had not occurred to me the time it takes to build and plan the strategies for creating the proper skin care program for individual skin care needs. After all, no two skins are created equal, not even in twins, and as I have said before in this column, “what is good for one skin may not be right for another.” Let that be our skin mantra. In sixteen years I have come to realize the importance of a personalized program for the skin. Individualization is Key!


My main focus for clients is to design a skin care regimen that is appropriate for what their skin is calling for at that moment, remembering that as the seasons change, so will the needs of the client’s skin. Winter requires a different set of rules than summer, spring or fall. Aside from cleansers, toners and moisturizers, consider these other categories of skin care:


Sunscreens and Blocks
A priority no matter what the skin type and condition, sunscreens and blocks play an important role in maintaining the health of the skin. I hear some common complaints such as: They feel heavy, oily, or sticky; they cause acne; they make me feel hot and sweaty. Ah, but sunscreens and blocks come in a variety of formulations: lotions, creams, gels, sprays, and powders. Finding the proper choice is all a part of building the proper skin care program. Recognizing the importance of these products is critical since chronic sun exposure leads to aging skin and ultraviolet immunosuppression—an imbalance of health in the skin.


Topical Anti-Oxidants
Topical Vitamin C can be vital to collagen production and decrease cellular damage. It can also aid in preventing photo damage as well as improve the signs of wrinkles. There are many choices of topical Vitamin C, but few have been studied extensively. Many contain derivatives of Vitamin C, which are not absorbed readily and become ineffective when oxidized. Choosing a stable form of topical Vitamin C that has been studied is a smart choice.


Retinoids
Retinoids are naturally occurring as well as synthetic compounds that exhibit the biological actions of Vitamin A. This option is a good one whether it is prescription or office dispensed. This product yields a definite increase in smoother tissue texture and a decrease in roughness. It will also increase epidermal proliferation (cellular turn over). However, side effects such as skin irritation, dryness, increased sensitivity can occur, so proper counseling and use is advised for this to be an effective part of your skin care regimen. It’s not for everyone.


Peptides
Anti-aging concentrations of peptides can be a non-surgical solution for your face, eyes, and lips. This is a drink of nourishment for the skin. There are many peptide blends; here are a few that will make a huge difference:
    •    Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate for smoothing and anti-wrinkle properties
    •    Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 stimulates collagen synthesis
    •    Hexapeptide-2 for skin lightening
    •    Copper Tripeptide-1 generates new skin cells
    •    Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 for anti-wrinkling and lifting as well as restructuring effects


Make Your Plan and Stick To It
These four options can be helpful boosters for a good basic skin care program that you already have in place. To see results, it is important to build a skin care program for your skin with facial treatments or skin care products or both. It is also important to be consistent with your morning and evening program. Having a professional (esthetician, dermatologist, plastic surgeon) guide you to that goal and build that plan is vital for a successful end result.

 

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Margie Carr is a California State Board Licensed Clinical Esthetician and owner of Reflections Skin Oasis.