Refresh and Protect your Skin

Skin lotions and potions are a billion dollar industry. It is difficult to know if the price tag on a face cream justifies the cost. Too often we end up with a drawer full of partially used products. What is proven to help keep your skin young and refreshed?

Consistent use of a sunscreen is the simplest (yet most important) part of a beauty regimen and skin care. Sun damage causes loss of skin elasticity resulting in wrinkles, sun spots and skin cancers. Purchase moisturizers and foundation that have sunscreen mixed in or apply sunscreen to your face, neck and hands (any sun exposed area) after your make-up.

Retin A (Trentinoin) is one of the few scientifically proven topical creams that rolls back time at the molecular level. Retin A acts by decreasing fine lines. It creates a smoother skin texture and helps to diminish brown spots. In Texas, Retin A is a prescription product which is dispensed by a pharmacy. Retinoids are the less potent cousin to Retin A and can be sold without a prescription. Retin A can cause skin redness and flaking. A patient should work with a health professional to adjust the strength or frequency of use.

Hyroquinone is a very effective skin lightener and is also a prescription product. It acts on the cells that make pigment to give an even skin tone. Hyroquinones are frequently used in the United States and are deemed safe by the FDA. However, the safety of hydrquinone has been disputed and use is banned in some countries. There are excellent natural alternatives to hydroquinone, including arbutus (from the bearberry plant), kojic acid and licorice root.

Both Retin A and and most skin lighteners make skin “sun sensitive” which is even more reason to use a sunscreen. Vitamin C serums are great for younger (and older) patients as long as they do not have acne issues. Consider having occasional chemical peels or microdermabrasions performed to maintain a refreshed look.