One of the best and most important ways to avoid skin damage and signs of aging over time is to make sure you have a daily, effective skincare regimen that’s as habitual as brushing your teeth. This can include many things, so if you already have one, here’s a guide to make sure you’ve got everything you need. And if you don’t have one, here’s some information to get you started.
Use Sunscreen Daily
It might seem pointless, but using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily is one of the best ways to prevent things like sun damage and general wear on your skin over time. That’s because, even if it isn’t sunny out, UV rays still damage your skin regularly. Be sure to protect yourself from it, and you’ll also decrease your chance of more dangerous complications as well.
Include Growth Factors
You should know that growth factors do a lot of good things at once for your skin. It essentially jumpstarts your skin’s natural process of rejuvenation which includes replicating its cells, reducing swelling, and boosting collagen production. These things can be a natural treatment for many skin conditions like wrinkles, pigmentation, and laxity. Growth factors are already found in your skin, so they generally work great with any skin type.
Treat and Prevent Acne with Retin-A
You might have heard of Tretinoin, which is an effective acne treatment for many individuals. That’s because it’s a type of Retin-A, a substance that effects the growth of skin cells. It’s sometimes prescribed by aestheticians to patients planning to undergo skin treatments like chemical peels because of its ability to quickly produce new, healthy skin cells. If you struggle with troublesome acne, be sure to include this one.
Use Hydroquinone to Fight Keratosis
Although it’s not well known whether hydroquinone should be regularly used for skin lightening, it can have some great benefits for your skin when it comes to keratosis, or a build-up of keratin. Keratin is generally found in the hair and nails and can cause unfavorable surfaces on the skin like bumps, scales, or lesions. Hydroquinone can be highly effective at removing keratin that can be caused by sun damage or exposure to certain chemicals.
Avoid Damage to Your Skin
This is one of the most important steps, and can come in many forms. Avoiding sun exposure by covering up and wearing sunscreen can do wonders for keeping your skin healthy and functioning. Smoking can also work against your skin in many ways, including reducing the blood flow to your skin cells and depleting important nutrients that help your skin rejuvenate itself. This is why many smokers tend to appear to age faster than those who don’t, and why many plastic surgeons recommend patients don’t smoke before or after their procedure.
If you’re looking to take your skincare regimen to the next level, we offer proven SkinMedica® products to help your skin thrive. Contact our office with any questions.