The secret to good skin? It’s a combination of good skin care and patience. Finding the right products for your skin type and skin concerns can be challenging, particularly when drug store brands use low-strength ingredients that don’t truly get the job done. Christopher Tiner M.D. in Pasadena, CA knows that the best skin care – Epionce or Biocorneum, for example – is the best way to enhance your skin appearance.
What Is Good Skin Care?
Good skin care consists of using products that are good for your skin health, promote better skin appearance, and are used consistently. Whether you like to keep it simple with basic cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection, or if you’re a fan of the Korean 10-step routine, the most important aspect of good skin care is following the same routine every day.
Of course, a strict routine is only one part of good skin care. That’s why Dr. Christopher Tiner recommends the best products for skin care – Epionce and Biocorneum.
Skin Care – Epionce
Epionce is a brand of physician-strength products to provide a foundation for healthy skin to thrive and glow. Made with botanicals, these formulas are free of parabens, fragrance, sulfates, and gluten. Many of Epionce’s products focus on promoting a healthier skin barrier with ingredients like ceramides so that even the most sensitive skin can look younger and healthier.
Skin Care – Biocorneum
Biocorneum is a stand-alone product formulated specifically for the treatment of scars. Used post-procedure, this advanced scar treatment uses Silichield technology combined with SPF 30 to form a flexible barrier on the skin to help reduce the appearance of scars. This treatment can reduce redness, discoloration, and hypertrophic scarring and works well beneath everyday make-up.
Why Professional Skin Care Advice Can Help
The fact of the matter is that everyone has different skin types and concerns. It’s often the case that people who believe they have oily skin actually have a dry skin type that is showing excessive oiliness because of the products that are being used on the skin. The trouble with hunting down your own skin care products is that the amount of trial and error is really high – and that can be frustrating.
This is where professional advice becomes necessary. Instead of doing more harm than good for your skin health by trying a slew of products, a skin expert can analyze your skin type to identify the needs of your skin and point you in the right direction. This makes it much easier to find the products that will work for your skin and help you achieve your skin goals.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Is Sunscreen During the Day Really Necessary?
Yes. You should always wear sunscreen during the daytime, even if you don’t plan on being outside for long. For one thing, sun damage from UV rays is thought to cause around 80 to 90% of all superficial skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, age spots, blemishes, and other concerns. Even more alarming, unprotected sun exposure can also darken the pigment of the skin after acne, making it much more difficult for your skin to be clear.
But what if you stay inside all day or there is cloud cover? The truth is that UV rays, both UVA and UVB, can filter through the clouds, so even if the day isn’t sunny, UV rays can still be damaging your skin. And most windows in homes and offices only block UVB rays, which are the rays that are responsible for skin cancer. UVA rays, which are not blocked by windows, cause visible signs of aging on the skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is your best protection during the day, period.
Do Dark and Medium Complexions Also Need Sunscreen?
Yes. Even though dark and medium complexions have higher concentrations of melanin that will naturally offer protection from UV exposure, it’s still necessary to wear sunscreen during the day. This is because the natural protection of the skin tone will not offer an adequate amount of protection from UV ray exposure that can cause skin cancer.
2. Do You Need to Have Active Ingredients in Your Skin Care Regimen?
Most people do incorporate active ingredients into their daily skin care routine. Active ingredients are vitamins, acids, and minerals that are the main component of any given skin care product, although they are usually found in serums. These ingredients are applied at high enough concentrations to activate certain reactions in your skin, such as more rapid cellular turnover.
Whether or not you need to use active ingredients is truly dependent on your skin type and your skin goals. For some people, they are not at a life stage where using retinoids is necessary. That said, many active ingredients can be preventative, such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, and can help slow down the overall aging process.
3. Can You Mix and Match Serums?
Absolutely. But keep in mind that not all active ingredients work well together. In fact, some active skin ingredients cancel each other out, such as vitamin C and benzoyl peroxide. While mixing and matching the serums you use can help you cover all of your bases, most people usually benefit from a “less is more” approach when it comes to skin actives. Dr. Tiner can give you advice about the best skin care ingredients to use for your skin.
4. How Often Should You Exfoliate?
The frequency of your exfoliation will depend on your age and your skin type. For most people, exfoliating once or twice a week is adequate to help the skin slough off dead skin cells that can potentially clog pores and make the skin appear dull. Younger people may need to exfoliate more frequently.
The frequency of your exfoliation may also depend on the exfoliant being used – acid-based exfoliants, such as glycolic acid, are meant to be used daily, while scrubs should only be used once a week.
Enjoy Skin Perfection
Whether your goal is diminishing the appearance of a scar or promoting better health for your skin, so you can finally enjoy a radiant glow, good skin care relies on finding quality skin care products. A consistent skin care routine that matches your skin type and aesthetic goals will help you achieve skin perfection. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.