There is an unfortunate truth that consumers need to know: a well-advertised skin cream or anti-aging product is just that, well-advertised. When we see certain products promoted over and over again, we can easily develop the belief that it is because the product can deliver results. This isn’t always true. It can be frustrating to use a product or system consistently for a time and see little to no improvement in the skin. But it happens.
Why? Because every person’s skin is unique.
Your daily skin care may not be enough to address your unique needs for several reasons. The reason that is most often discussed is that the products you’ve selected aren’t right for your skin or your stage of aging. The only way to determine the right products is to consult with an aesthetician, nurse, or doctor who is knowledgeable about dermatologic conditions and medical-grade skin care solutions. Beyond the actual products that one uses, though, there are additional reasons for a lack of noticeable results in the area of cosmetic beauty.
- The skin is not properly prepared for products. To make the most of any skin care regimen, it is necessary to leverage professional treatments every now and then. The benefit of common treatments, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and medical-grade facials, is that they remove the cellular debris that accumulates on the skin’s surface, paving the way for daily products to absorb more efficiently. Without periodic, professional exfoliation treatments, skincare products only sit on the skin’s surface.
- The skin is not being nourished. Thanks to smart marketing, companies that manufacture skincare products suggest that the skin gets what it needs from certain ingredients. This is true, but there’s more. Truly healthy, resilient skin is also reliant on dietary nutrients. Foods that feed all cells in the body, including the skin cells, contain nutrients like vitamin C, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Examples include green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, it is necessary to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
- The skin is not getting clean. Experts suggest washing the face before bed every night. If the face is not washed and makeup is left on the skin overnight, chemicals from these products get absorbed. This can cause irritation that manifests as acne breakouts, dark circles under the eyes, blotchy skin, and rough texture. In addition to washing the face every night, it is also important to wash pillowcases at least once a week to prevent the accumulation of dust, sweat, dead skin cells, and bacteria.
Our Reno plastic surgery office provides several nonsurgical treatments that refresh and renew the skin. To schedule a visit, call (775) 826-4477.