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Back in the Saddle: (Re)starting A Skin Care Regimen

I recently celebrated my youngest child’s second birthday. While she ran around with her Minnie Mouse balloon I reflected on the past two years and beyond. Since my pregnancy, I have been busy with many things. I had given up my skin care and treatments while pregnant and was so preoccupied after that I never restarted.

During that time, my skin care routine was limited to sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and sun protective clothing, but nothing else. The sun protection was definitely helpful, however, I still experienced a mild flare of my melasma (patchy brown skin discoloration) and like many in their thirties, my first sun spot appeared. Unhappy with this discovery, I decided to take a moment for myself this fall to refresh my skin care regimen using in-office procedures and at-home treatments.

I kicked things off with a combination treatment. My combination was a pulsed dye laser, chemical peel, and a spot treatment with Q-switched laser. The pulsed dye laser improves rosacea and facial redness. The chemical peel helps with melasma and improves complexion. The Q-switched laser for that sun spot. A single treatment session put me back on track with only a slightly puffy, pink face that lasted a weekend. With this accomplished, I resumed routine Botox treatment to my brow completing my in-office treatment.

At home, I keep my daily skin care simple. I use a few “active” products to keep my skin looking its youngest.

In the morning, after washing my face with a gentle cleanser, I apply a topical vitamin C&E antioxidant. Topical antioxidants improve skin appearance and help decrease the risk of skin cancer by preventing damage from free radicals and ultraviolet light. I use our office’s compounded formulation that resists turning brown and losing its potency. I then apply a good sunscreen. I generally use EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41. I think it is great for dry skin and it is free of certain chemicals that typically cause breakouts for me.

In the evening, my “active” product is a topical retinol. Retinol creams contain retinoids, topical forms of Vitamin A. They promote cell turnover, helping to treat and prevent fine lines and improve sun damage and discoloration. I am currently in love with Skin Better Science’s AlphaRet. It is one of the few topical retinols that I can use nightly without drying out my skin, which is a common side effect of topical retinols.

And finally for the skin around the eyes, my go to is Alastin’s Restorative Eye Treatment. I apply it twice daily to help combat fine lines and also what I call “lack of sleep puffiness from having young children.”

Like many of us, I like to focus my time, energy, and money on products and treatments that make a difference to my skin. For me, this now consists of occasional combination treatments in the office, followed by at-home maintenance with a skin care regimen. This routine does a great job protecting my skin, maintaining skin complexion, and minimizing fine lines. It feels good to be back in the saddle and taking care of myself (and my skin) again!

By | 2018-09-29T09:23:22+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Skincare|0 Comments
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