How's your Skin's Health? What's your skin regimen?
If your answer to that question is, "what's a regimen?" We need to talk.
Are you tired of your skin starting to look its age? This is a perfect example why we should we take care of our skin. Because all of us are bothered by signs of aging whether its fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone and texture, sagging skin or acne/acne scarring.
Taking care of your skin is SO important, we cannot emphasize this enough with patients. What you put ON your body is as important as what you put IN your body! Substances that affect your overall health and wellbeing don’t simply work their way through your system by traveling the gut alone. They also travel through the skin. Be mindful of the products you use!
It's time to restore your skin health, but how?
Skin Health starts with a proper skin care regimen!
A wrinkle is a wound on a skin, so technically a medically necessary treatment plan needs to be formulated to address that. Most of us do not like to see the signs of aging on our faces 👵🏼
Simple skin regimen can go a very, very long way to maintain skin health and help reverse signs of premature aging.
Did you know?
A𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 20 𝘄𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 1% 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿! With the loss of collagen and gravity our face begins to lose volume and acquire wrinkles/fine lines.
What even is COLLAGEN?
Collagen is 70% of the proteins found in your skin that helps keep skin plump and resilient, youthful and wrinkle free. Collagen is the main structural protein found in our skin, its what makes our skin look tight and youthful. As we age the production of collagen slows down causing skin to sag. Lets face it, NO ONE looks forward to that!
How do we start our skin regimen?
First, Getting Skin Ready:
CLEANSE: with a proper cleanser designed to address your skin. Whatever you do NEVER, EVER, EVER wash your face with soap. Do not use grocery store brands, either. Most, if not all of them are laden with TOXIC CHEMICALS, which will harm you systemically. Consult a doctor to help you with creating a unique skin care regimen.
EXFOLIATE: use a gentle exfoliant to smooth skin and slough- away skin-clogging skin cells.
TONE: balances pH in the skin, replenishes hydration, minimizes oil and tightens pores.
PREVENT + CORRECT:
This step addresses skin’s needs - whether its to help moisturize, acne control, plumping, anti-aging, laxity, dullness, hyperpigmentation, or tone correction etc. DO NOT FORGET YOUR NECK. Nobody likes a Turkey Neck 🦃
ONE WORD - SPF
Our crows feet wrinkles really give away our age. Most women miss this part of their daily ritual.
Simple Lifestyle Changes you should start paying attention to NOW:
It's important to know what different active ingredients are and what they do for your face.
Lactic Acid vs. Hyaluronic Acid
What is the deal with Lactic Acid?
LACTIC ACID= EXFOLIANT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
What is lactic acid?
Lactic acid is a type of naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid derived from milk or fermented plants. Unlike a scrub or microdermabrasion treatment — which are both physical exfoliants that manually buff away dead skin — alpha hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliants that work by dissolving the bonds between skin cells, allowing dead cells to slough off.
WHY IS Lactic Acid so gentle?
Lactic acid has a large molecular size, compared to other AHAs, it doesn’t penetrate as deeply and the exfoliation isn’t as intense. AHAs like lactic acid are also easier on skin than beta hydroxy acids like salicylic acid, which have a smaller molecular size that penetrates and exfoliates deeper. Additionally, lactic acid is easier on skin because of its moisturizing properties: Research has demonstrated that it increases ceramides, the lipids in our skin barrier. This improves barrier function, preventing irritation.
Its strong-but-soft reputation matters: aggressive exfoliation can lead to irritation, micro tears, redness, and “portals of entry for bacteria” in your skin barrier.
OTHER SKIN BENEFITS
Beyond being moisturizing and gentle, lactic acid is also incredibly revitalizing. When you remove that outer layer of dull, dead skin, it reveals a fresher layer underneath. That even surface also reflects more light — which is why you look more luminous right away.
On top of the immediate improvements, regular exfoliation boosts cell turnover — something that naturally slows down over time. Many of my patients are frustrated because their skin doesn’t glow the way it used to. As we age we’re holding onto that dull outer layer of skin longer. Faster cell turnover has a number of trickle-down effects over time, from increased collagen production to brightened hyperpigmentation to improved skin quality overall (think generally bouncier, softer, more youthful skin). What’s more, exfoliation helps keep skin clear, since dead skin cells aren’t lingering on the surface and clogging pores.
There are full-body advantages to boot. It’s the go-to active for treating keratosis pilaris, the tiny chicken skin-like bumps that can appear on limbs, and, in low concentrations, can be used to nix the flakes that come with eczema and psoriasis.. And it brings the same smoothing, softening, and firming benefits to the arms and legs that it does the face. That’s why Cleopatra, the original beauty influencer, is said to have bathed regularly in lactic acid-rich milk. For a more modern version, try a body peel. It leaves skin looking radiant and feeling silky — and it’s dairy-free.
OR Hyaluronic Acid - When you think HA, think MOISTURE!
Hyaluronic acid is the key to instantly plumping fine lines and giving your skin the "glow" look. It can be found in everything from serums to sheet masks and even injectables—but what exactly is it?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. The HA within our bodies holds a thousand times its weight in water to not only retain all that moisture in our skin and joints, but also prevent all that moisture from evaporating into the air.
Just like collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases as we get older. There are, however, ways to help stimulate production of HA in our bodies. Diet affects the skin significantly. Eating fruits and veggies with lots of antioxidants protect the skin from inflammation in turn helps the skin retain it.
When used in skin care products like creams and serums, hyaluronic acid brings moisture to the surface of your skin. “Because of its ability to draw and hold water, it can be used as a humectant in your skin care regimen. It continually keeps skin moisturized throughout the day.
Hyaluronic acid plays well with most other ingredients and can be paired with peels, retinols, vitamins, and other acids.
But picking the right hyaluronic acid product is tricky. The molecule is oftentimes too large to effectively deliver hydration deep into skin layers. “[See] where the molecule is micronized or [if] the HA is in a vehicle that penetrates the skin in order to be effective where it needs to be. Otherwise you are just putting it on top of the skin without it being helpful.
What are HA Injectables?
Injectables like JUVÉDERM and Restylane use a gel form of hyaluronic acid to add volume to the dermal layer of the skin. With a few pricks of a needle, the gel plumps sunken areas, smooths fine lines, and decreases shadows—then slowly dissolves over the course of one year. In fillers, hyaluronic acid is bound in a gel carrier which holds it in place where it is injected. The hyaluronic acid creates volume because it draws in water to the area, creating a filling effect.
Water is another VERY important factor when it comes to skin health. Did you know? Chronic dehydration leads to premature aging and wrinkles. The easiest and cheapest way to help your body inside and out is to DRINK YOUR WATER. Your blood is 90% water. The inside of all of your cells - is primarily WATER. Your kidney health depends primarily on how much water you drink. Water aids in detoxification process of getting rid of toxins in your body- sweating. In fact, the skin is your largest detoxification organ in a body.
SKIN HEALTH = WATER INTAKE
How much water? At least 96oz a day. More if you drink coffee and alcohol, both act as dehydrating agents. Not only will your skin look better, but you will also feel better and more energetic, your whole body will thank you majorly. What's the easiest way to get 96 oz in a day? I recommend getting a 32 oz water bottle and making sure you drink 3 of them a day or more. Bored with water only? Add a slice of lemon, drop in a mint leaf, or a cucumber.
Nutrition is another HUGE role in Skin Health, diet surprisingly has a lot to do with skin health. Have you ever noticed if you splurge one weekend you break out? There's definitely something to the notion that beauty begins on the inside. If you're not eating right, your skin is the first to show it. If you want a clear, radiant complexion, shiny hair, and strong nails, you have to start with what you're putting into your body. Clean ingredients are guaranteed to help step up your beauty game.
With all these factors addressed, Skin Health is not an overnight fix, Skin Health is a process and takes TIME and hard work. Wiping your makeup off with a makeup wipe is not giving your face the time and effort it needs. There'd no miracle product that will solve all your skin problems. BUT with a proper skin regimen, enough water, clean ingredients, time AND effort. It WILL show, and YOU can achieve the SKIN GLOW everyone's talking about.
Different procedures that can aid in your SKIN REGIMEN:
ICE QUEEN FACIALS $25 per treatment or 5 for $100
Ice Queen Facials are an AMAZING treatment for your skin that consist of gauze dipped in liquid nitrogen and gently applied to the face, this helps with skin rejuvenation, works fabulous with acne control, and brings out brightness. Any time you expose your skin to
We are now offering an amazing skin care line called ZO SKIN HEALTH
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It time to invest into your skin, it's the only one you'll ever have!
For more than 35 years, Dr. Zein Obagi, World Renowned, Board-Certified Dermatologist, has pioneered advanced skincare solutions based on his philosophy of creating healthy skin as opposed to merely treating disease and damage. We at AWAKE HEALTH are very proud to partner with a brand that speaks to our vision, in treating root cause. Every patient deserves 'THE ZO GLOW '