You eat, sleep and exercise to keep your body healthy. Now, what do you do to keep your skin in shape? Are you giving your skin a proper workout? (And no, this isn’t a blog about facial massage techniques!)
To keep your skin in tip-top condition at every age, you need to start a skin care regimen centered around promoting new collagen and elastin growth. Collagen is a special protein and building block that makes up 80% of your skin. Collagen combines with elastin to give your skin its strength, elasticity and suppleness. That’s why babies and children have such beautiful skin — they are practically bursting at the seams with collagen! The not-so-fun fact of aging is that we start losing collagen at a steady rate in our 20s and 30s. Less collagen and elastin lead to dullness, sagging, lines and wrinkles.
Now, for the good news: You can boost your skin’s collagen and elastin and improve the look and feel of your skin in remarkable, dramatic ways! Here are three clinically-proven tools to start doing now:
Your first step is incorporating retinoids into your daily skin care regimen. A retinoid is a vitamin A-based drug that was first introduced in the 60s for acne (Retin-A, generic name trentinoin). Well, it didn’t take long for researchers to discover that retinoids did a whole lot more for skin than just clearing up acne. Retinoids could also speed cellular turnover, promote new collagen and elastin growth and reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. People often get confused about the difference between retinoids and retinol, but retinol is simply a milder version of a retinoid. Retinol is a wonderful ingredient featured in countless medical-grade skin care products, including the Alastin®, SENTE® and DefenAge® products available at my online shops. It’s perhaps the most widely studied ingredient in skin care, so we know it works and is safe for your skin.
2. Renew your skin
Once you have established a daily collagen-enhancing regimen with retinol/retinoid, you can take your skin renewal to the next level with periodic skin renewing treatments. Skin renewal is the fastest way to trigger new collagen and elastin growth, and encompasses a wide range of treatments here at Belle Marin, including Halo™ fractional laser skin resurfacing, BBL™ photofacials, Vivace™ Microneedle RF, chemical peels, clinical facials and more. All these treatments work differently but have one thing in common: they provide “controlled damage” to your skin to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process. Healing is what you want, because it promotes vibrant new collagen and elastin growth, revealing smoother texture, smaller pore size, brighter tone, diminished lines and wrinkles and many other improvements. We’ll help you choose the ideal skin renewing treatment for your unique complexion concerns and goals during your consultation.
3. Protect your investment
Once you start enjoying the dramatic complexion improvements resulting from your medical-grade skin care regimen, combined with professional skin renewal, you’ll want to maintain your benefits. Your #1 beauty weapon for preserving the health and beauty of your skin is sunscreen! Every skin care expert on the planet agrees that applying a physical sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day of the year is your #1 weapon against aging. Here at Belle Marin, we carry amazing SPFs, including Alastin’s HydraTint Pro-Mineral Sunscreen SPF 36 and SENTE sunscreens (tinted and untinted) because they are light, non-greasy and packed with antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals, pollution and blue light. The tinted versions are also amazing because they impart that healthy glow and coverage you want without a heavy makeup feel. At our online stores, you can purchase Alastin, SENTE and DefenAge Skincare products. If you need guidance, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a virtual consultation or simply message us on our website chat feature, Podium. Or, you can always call us at 415.887.8718 us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
We can’t wait to help you love your skin again! Talk to you soon!