The ABCs of Skin Care

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of healthy skin? What defines healthy skin? At skinBe healthy skin is achieved from the inside out to achieve a hydrated, smooth, firm, tolerant and even skin tone. Environmental and internal factors contribute to decreased healthy skin that begin at a young age and eventually are seen with age. Whether this is viewed as dryness, thinning of the skin, laxity, wrinkling, or a dullness of weathered skin it is never to late to help reverse the signs of aging and restore damaged cells.

The most vital thing we can do for our skin is protecting it from harmful effects of UVB and UVA sun rays. Some will say, even if you worked in a basement everyday your skin will still be vulnerable to the effects of the sun. Having a SPF 50 sunblock with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide is the #1 rule of thumb in skin care. skinBe uses Obagi Sun Shield Matte & Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 50.  These two products are sheer, PABA free, fragrance free, and hypoallergenic leaving skin feeling refreshed without a greasy residue or film seen with alternative sun blocks. It is recommended that sunblock be applied at least in the morning with our daily regimen and again throughout the day dependent on an individual’s day to day activity. Studies have shown visible significant aging effects of sun damage just during driving to regularly exposed skin versus skin that is not in direct exposure.

The second most important thing we can provide for our skin is a highly concentrated Vitamin C serum with antioxidant L-asorbic acid. L-asorbic acid in Vitamin C is directly absorbed and utilized by the skin rather than having to be metabolized and the skin only receiving a minute amount of nutrient. Vitamin C serum helps to reduce appearance of aging skin by minimizing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Brightening to provide an overall even skin tone while helping to lighten imperfections.

Lastly, Vitamin A found in skin care products commonly known as tretinoin, retinol, and retinoic acid is essential in providing natural protection against sun damage, cell rejuvenation and collagen production. It provides the essentials to your tissue and cells growth to help maintain firm, strong, and smooth skin. It has been commonly referred to as a “go-to” in significantly decreasing the appearance of wrinkles.

Overall, these ABCs of skin care help the skin repair itself at the cellular level deep within the tissue, at the surface, and creating a barrier to prevent further damage. At skinBe our knowledgeable staff can recommend an individual customized skinBe solution to meet your goals & needs.

Beth Donaldson