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November 10, 2021
One thing for certain, skincare has made tremendous advancements in the past 10 years. From science based ingredients to biodynamic delivery systems to new technology, skincare is moving faster than ever!
I'm honored to be the Pro you can count on to keep you in the know. This article spotlights some advancements I've observed and celebrate.
The need to protect the skin barrier is vital to keeping skin healthy. Science supports this and in the past 10 years research has made it clear certain ingredients in skincare can support the skin barrier or weaken it.
This became front page news as healthcare workers faced day after day of redness, dryness, and itching from wearing PPE. Barrier-loving lipids like ceramides and hydrating hyaluronic acid are a first line of defense for skin barrier protection.
Treating the skin barrier with TLC requires using a cleanser that doesn't strip away the lipid barrier with harsh ingredients. In addition to using skincare products with the right percentages of active ingredients is necessary to support the health of the skin barrier.
Advanced skincare technology like that found in NeoGenesis S²RM® is mind blowing! This is ingredients that are recognized by the skin signaling the ability for skin to heal itself. This means we are getting to the source of the problem, instead of treating the symptoms by piling on ingredients that don't heal and protect.
Dermatologists have seen an onslaught of skin inflammaging (inflammation that causes skin to age faster). Lifestyle triggers such as artificial ingredients and man made chemicals leading to poor diets, indoor pollutants, increased anxiety, out of control stress, smoking, dehydration, and excess sun exposure - have brought skin inflammaging to the forefront.
Skincare had to advance to combat the increase of skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis, hives, cold sores, fever blisters, and other skin rashes.
Ingredients in skincare have vastly improved introducing the use of ultra-calming, redness-reducing antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. We are no longer forced to get a prescription with harsh ingredients when skincare has advanced so far!
We're already dealing with the photoaging of UVA and UVB. I anticipate more research and new products to protect us from high energy visible (HEV) light (blue light). Not to be confused with blue LED which is good for skin.
With 60% of us using technology six or more hours a day, the need to counter the blue light exposure from technology screens is becoming more important because it is believed to lead to faster aging of the skin.
This is a NEW issue calling for new advancements in skincare so stay tuned as this topic is explored further in 2022 and beyond.
Choosing sunscreens designed with skincare in mind, as opposed to just UVA and UVB protection, is a good place to start.
Advances in anti-aging technology has brought us microcurrent, ultrasound, radio frequency and LED. At first, it was only available in a plastic surgeon's office but now it is accessible in the esthetician's studio and even home use versions of these technologies.
Microcurrent delivers an electrical stimulation much like the energy that exists in the body. It was discovered to treat Bell's Palsy many years ago to retrain the muscles in the face. This biodynamic stimulation in the right amperage for the small muscles of the face can produce lift of muscle and stimulate collagen production. This is a technology that will be around for a long time.
The right amount of radio frequency heats the deep layer of skin called the dermis. This heat stimulates the production of collagen to help improve signs of wrinkles and sagging skin. Newer devices for home use will not melt fat pads because it is dialed back to a therapeutic level just right for the home user.
I'm loving how ultrasound has made advances in anti-aging. Research shows that Ultrasound at the low energy spectrum of the sound wave, is very effective method for skin tightening. Not to be confused with Ultherapy which is at a higher spectrum ultrasound which can melt fad pads and can be a very risky procedure.
LED has been around for a long time and used in many capacities. Research has proven it's effectiveness at wound healing and in skincare. The advances made here have produced devices in all shapes and sizes. An important part to remember is the distance of the LED to the skin needs to be close to ensure the best absorption of the light. LED will only continue to be developed in technology for even better applications.
Remember, TV commercials will not give you REAL skincare education. They dangle a few buzz words to make us think their products will get results.
The fact is OTC (over the counter) products are created for the masses at bargain store prices. This means you're only getting an amount of an active ingredient that makes it affordable for the masses. Because of this, OTC products simply do not contain a high enough percentage of the active ingredient to deliver results.
I know it feels like you're saving with OTC. We have to stop and realize when product after product ends up in the skincare graveyard, it may be time to invest in a product that actually works - and that is multifaceted.
Stay tuned as I continue to explore new technologies and bring leading edge skincare products to your front door.
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