One of the best things you can do for your skin is incorporate a great skincare routine. With so many products on the market and so many labels claiming to be great for anti-aging, it’s hard to know just which products you should be using to combat the signs of aging and put your best face forward. Luckily, the SkinMedica® skincare line has a lot of options that not only promote anti-aging properties but also have been shown to improve the overall quality of your skin. Once you find the perfect product(s) head over to our online store to browse, purchase, and redeem your Brilliant Distinctions® points while doing so.
1. HA5® Rejuvenating Hydrator
Looking for a for a lightweight moisturizer that does the work of a heavy duty cream? You’ve found it! HA⁵® Rejuvenating Hydrator is the perfect addition to your nighttime routine or in the morning under your makeup. It provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin's natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid for overall skin health.
In a recent article, SELF magazinepolled a panel of RealSelf dermatologists to find out which products they use daily and guess what made the list? If you guessed HA⁵® you’re right!
To quote the article directly, “Dr. Waldorf doesn't use serum every day, but she does pull out this hyaluronic acid powerhouse when needed. “My primary concern is dryness," she says. "The HA5 is great to layer with my sunscreen."”
2. Lytera® 2.0 Advanced Pigment Correcting Systemor Lytera® 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum
In that same SELF articlementioned previously, one of our favorites Lytera® 2.0 made the list.
“Dr. Zeichner likes this brightening cream because it has proven results when it comes to lightening dark spots and evening out skin tone. And, of course, doctors stand by products that have clinical proof to back them up.”
Lytera® 2.0 is an advanced Pigment Correcting Serum, formulated to address the appearance of stubborn skin discoloration. For those that may be concerned about sensitive skin, this product is appropriate for all skin types and tones.
3. TNS Essential Serum®
One of the first ways our skin starts to show signs of aging is through the loss of moisture or dehydration. Dehydrated skin can show more fine lines, wrinkles and imperfections than skin that has been well hydrated. This all-in-one skin rejuvenating treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture through the rejuvenation of your skin.
Cosmopolitan magazine noted in a recent article, “In addition (to your diet), investing in moisture-retaining skincare can help quench your skin, as unfortunately it's hard to hydrate your skin from consuming water (and foods with high water content) alone."Build your skincare regimen around products that protect and repair the skin's barrier, and help address and prevent age-related dehydration with a formula created to anchor moisture into the skin" Cammie says.”
Products like TNS are extremely important and beneficial to retaining the moisture barrier of your skin to help prevent the appearance of aging.
4. Vitamin C+E Complex
Is your skin looking a little dull? Do you suffer from hyperpigmentation? Do you miss the inner glow that you used to have? Incorporating Vitamin C+E Complex could be the perfect solution for your skin.Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, which are generated by our bodies when exposed to certain conditions, including pollution and UV rays. A balance between free radicals and antioxidants is important—if the free radicals inundate the body and prevent its ability to regulate them, oxidative stress can occur.
Likewise, Vitamin C can help protect your skin DNA from sun damage, especially when combined with other antioxidants, such as green tea, ferulic acid and vitamin E.
So what are some of the key benefits of C+E Complex? Vitamins C and E are released gradually throughout the day to help prevent free radical damage to improve the appearance of skin tone and texture. Consistent use of this product will reveal enhanced skin brightness for a more youthful appearance!
5. Retinol Complex 0.5
Known as the holy grail of anti-aging and skincare, retinol is seen as the blanket product for a mass of skincare concerns including it’s anti aging properties. SkinMedica® offers it’s retinol in 3 concentrations: 0.25, 0.5 and 1.0. If you are new to using a retinol product it is best to start with the lowest concentration and then work your way up.
So with all of this hype surrounding the product, what does it actually DO? “First thing’s first- let’s start with what retinol actually does. Many refer to it as the only proven anti-ageing ingredient and that’s kind of on the money - Dr. Murad, dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, neatly summarises the action of a retinol as ‘exfoliating, aiding in the production of collagen, and fighting free radicals.’ Those three jointly are a pretty powerful skin overhaul.”
Sounds like a skincare powerhouse to us!
1. What is a HydraFacial and how do I know if I am a good candidate? HydraFacial is an invigorating treatment that can be given in as little as 30 minutes. It delivers long-term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation.
The HydraFacial treatment is designed for all skin types so even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacial treatment. Your physician or skincare professional may choose specific treatment serums and/or customize the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs. We do recommend that you consult your physician or skincare professional for a skin evaluation and sensitivity test prior to beginning treatment.
2. How is this different from a regular facial?
It is a treatment not just a facial.
Rather than blasting the skin with grit, à la traditional dermabrasion, this gentler approach vacuums out pores while simultaneously pushing in potent actives, which moisturize, brighten, plump, and protect. The machine's handpiece holds patented spiralized treatment tips equipped with "vortex technology" — the whirling force that both giveth and taketh away. Beyond the standard three steps, there are targeted add-ons, or boosters, which take aim at unique skin concerns, like brown spots or nagging lines.
Using mechanical and chemical exfoliation, in 3 steps it exfoliates the skin, extracts the sebum and “gunk” out of pores, and then lastly infuses the skin with a lot of rich antioxidants to help repair and rebuild and protect from free radical damage.
The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.
3. What can I expect from the treatment process? The HydraFacial follows the same steps of a basic medical facial: cleansing and exfoliation, chemical peel, extractions, and infusion of serums. All four steps are administered through various attachments on the HydraFacial device. The suction and movement of the device boosts lymphatic drainage and improves circulation in the skin. These non-invasive treatments are painless and are generally offered in 30, 60, and 90 minute sessions, making them easy to work into any schedule.
After a HydraFacial treatment, you will notice immediate results. Skin will feel smoother, softer, and more hydrated as a result of the exfoliating acids and hydrating ingredients used. You may also notice a slight reduction in puffiness due to the lymphatic drainage. The use of nutrient-rich serums may also temporarily plump up fine lines and wrinkles, lessening their appearance.
Our goal is to help support you in a balanced lifestyle. That’s why HydraFacial is a fast, efficient treatment that takes as little as 30 minutes. Added results and benefits can be seen from regular continued use, we recommend monthly ongoing treatments not just one single treatment.
4. What are the benefits and results to be expected? Many clients report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. We don’t believe in quick fixes, so one treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin. Continued HydraFacial treatments are highly recommended to maintain skin health results.
5. What should I expect as aftercare?
You may put on makeup and return to your normal activities right after the Hydrafacial treatment since there is no downtime. We also suggest using the ZO® Skin Health Getting Skin Ready regimento maintain your results after your treatment. The ZO® Skin Health kit is complete with a gentle cleanser, exfoliating polish and complexion renewal pads and can be found in our Tampa store. Daily sunscreen use, like SkinMedica® Total Defense and Repair, is also a must post treatment. SkinMedica®Total Defense and Repair can be bought through our online store.
6. How often can I get the treatment? Can I come more than monthly? Due to the gentle and hydrating nature of this treatment you can come as often as every two weeks but a minimum of a monthly treatment is recommended.