BLOG 1: Top 3 Skincare Action Steps for Gorgeous Autumn Skin
BLOG 2: My Top 4 Recommendations for Treating Under Eye Dark Circles
BLOG 3: All About Injectables
Top 3 Skincare Action Steps for Gorgeous Autumn Skin!
As we finally approach the Autumn months and can breathe a sigh of relief to cooler and milder temperatures, let us remember the reality of our time basking in the summer sun. I love summer and I love the feeling of a warm sunny day just as much as anyone else but I know what kind of damage that the summer sun (especially the Texas sun) can do to our skin. This list discusses my top 3 skincare action steps to best take care of your skin after a long hot summer!
Exfoliation is an essential skincare habit that your skin truly needs to maintain a healthy, bright and even appearance. As the human body ages skin cells do not go through the natural exfoliation process as often as younger skin cells, therefore the skin can look dull, dry and not as radiant as it could. There are many exfoliation options out there but the most common exfoliation choice is using a skin scrub or not exfoliating at all. If you are a more experiences skincare user, the use of an exfoliating toner, serum or creme can provide some the most effective forms of exfoliation. When used appropriately, within the parameters of your skincare needs, your skin will have beautiful results!
2. Wear SPF Everyday – Always!
This tip should not be a new idea or suggestion in the conversation of great skincare habits. The habit of wearing SPF is a gold standard action step. This habit will protect your skin against photo aging and environmental damage. The results of UVA and UVB damage are happening and doesn’t show itself right away but you can be certain that exposing your skin to the environment daily without protection will show up on your skin later. My professional advice is simple. Wear a broad spectrum SPF everyday…even on cloudy days and reapply when you can.
3. Invest in professional skincare treatments
So it might seem biased in me saying this but don’t underestimate the value of quality skincare treatments with you professional licensed skin therapist. Also called Estheticians, provide treatments and skincare education on skincare brands and understand skin physiology beyond the average person. If you have the benefit of working with an experienced Esthetician you have an opportunity to learn from as well as experience their years of education and professional development in the treatment room.
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My Top 4 Recommendations for treating Under Eye Dark Circles:
1. Pay attention to your water, caffeine and alcohol intake.
3. Consider professional treatments such as chemical peels, micro-current or injectables.
4. Use an under eye concealer.
All About Injectables
1. What types of qualifications should an injector have?
Every state will have different legal requirements for an aesthetic injector. In the state of Texas, the injector should be a RN, NP, PA or MD. If the injector is not a MD, the practice should have a medical director on board. If the injector is a RN, the patient must first be cleared by a NP, PA or MD prior to treatment. In Texas, if the clinic is not following these protocols, RUN!
2. What should I expect from my first appointment with an injector?
Your first appointment with an injector would include a consultation that goes over your personal concerns and questions. From there, your injector would recommend a treatment plan that addresses your personal goals. Most of the time, one visit will not fix all your concerns but with continued visits, your goals can be achieved.
3. Is there a limit to how many treatments I can obtain in one appointment?
Depending on the treatment, that will determine if another treatment can be performed and also, the sequence of the treatments. For example, if a patient wanted to do both a chemical peel and botox at the same appointment, the chemical peel would need to be performed first and botox injections after. So if you are considering adding on a treatment, let your provider know so it can be done in the correct order. Otherwise, you can always come back in 1-2 weeks for another treatment.
4. Other than word of mouth recommendation- what other ways can I find a qualified and experienced injector?
The best way is usually word of mouth. Another way is by online search. Make sure to do your due diligence by researching the injector and also scheduling a consult. You can usually tell upon meeting an injector if he/she would be a right fit for you. Listen to your gut! If something feels off, don’t feel pressured to get a treatment done. Keep in mind, that a honest and professional provider would never pressure you into doing anything you’re not comfortable with!
5. As an injector, what type of treatment would you recommend to a first time patient?
For a first-time patient, a botox/dysport treatment would be a great starting point and this is usually what brings a patient to start looking for an injector in the first place. Botox/Dysport appointments are quick and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. The treatment is completely customizable and addresses areas of the face that have wrinkles caused by muscle movement.
6. What is one piece of advice that you, as an injector, would give to your patients?
Trust the process! Results do not happen overnight. Botox/dysport can take up to 10-14 days to see the full results. Some treatments do have downtime that include bruising and swelling. Some times, follow up appointments are needed for touch-ups so don’t be afraid to reach out. A common saying is “don’t love it or hate it until after 2 weeks!”.
7. What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
This is the most common question I get. Both Botox and Dysport fall under a medication called neurotoxins. They contain botulism toxin which is the active toxin that relaxes the muscle to prevent movement. Botox and Dysport are different brands but essentially do the same thing. There are currently four neurotoxins on the US market currently, but my personal favorite is Dysport!
8. When should I start receiving Botox/Dysport treatment?
It’s true when people say prevention is key. It is much easier to prevent a wrinkle from forming than eliminate lines that have been in the skin for years. I would say late 20’s would be a good time to start and minimal dosing would be used. However, it’s never too late to start, but I do hear from a lot of patients that they wished they started sooner rather than later. Remember, Botox/Dysport will not solve all your problems, if you’re not practicing good skin care in the first place. SPF always!