Dr. Hochstein’s staff have been hooked on all the SkinMedica products and love the fabulous results of the whole product line. Great for all skin types, Dr. Hochstein and staff believe that the SkinMedica line is a great way to attain youthful-looking skin.
Not sure what products you should be using? Think of this concept the next time you purchase any products for your skin care line- G.R.A.S.S.
G – Growth Factor
R – Retinol
A – Anti-Oxidant
S – Specialty product
S – SPF
The first product you should invest in are Growth Factors. Growth factors stimulate biochemical pathways which promote the repair and regeneration of skin tissues. They also promote the formation of collagen and elastic fibers which give your skin its softness.
The second most important product which you should be incorporating to your skin care regimen is a Retinol Cream. It will be your skin’s new best friend! Some patients think a Retinol will make your skin sun-sensitive. This is one of the biggest Retinol myths. Yes, the ingredient itself is sensitive to sunlight, which is why you should apply it before bed at night. A Retinol cream shouldn’t make your skin any more vulnerable to UV rays than it would be after buffing away dead skin with a face scrub. Summer is actually a good time to start a Retinol because believe it or not humidity makes your skin less likely to dry out as it adjusts. If you have never used a Retinol cream before, it is important to consult with your physician on what they believe would be the best application for you. There are several different strengths of Retinol creams available and great for all different skin types!
Why use an Anti-Oxidant product? Antioxidants are chemicals that protect cells by neutralizing external forces (such as damage from the sun, pollution, wind, and temperature) and internal factors (for example, emotions, metabolism, and the presence of excess oxygen). Common antioxidants are Vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene. These special chemicals assist in skin repair and the strengthening of blood vessels. Antioxidants are necessary because they combat free radicals. Some forces that cause free radicals are air pollution, sunlight, alcohol, and cigarette smoke. Another factor is stress; stress produces adrenaline-related products, which not only restricts blood flow to our skin, but also generates potent, destructive free radicals.
At Dr. Hochstein’s office, we offer a wide array of Specialty Skin Care Products. Let’s face it, not everyone has the same skin care concerns so we feel it’s important to have a product that specifically suits your needs and desires!
Sunscreens or SPF as most know are by far the most important product to use on your skin. Sunscreens play an important role in a total program to reduce the harmful effects of the sun, along with limiting sun exposure and wearing protective clothing. Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB. SPF — or Sun Protection Factor — is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. Here’s how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about five hours.
Sure, there are tons of products out there on the market that promise great results, but remember that it is important you have an understanding on the QUALITY each product you purchase. At SkinMedica®, they believe everyone deserves to have naturally radiant skin. That’s why they dedicated years of research to formulating advanced skin care products that rejuvenate skin!