If you watched The Love Boat and Fantasy Island on Saturday nights back in the day, and they weren’t reruns, you’re of a certain age. And by now your know that skincare is part of your health. After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body.

You know to wear sunscreen year-round, even during the cloudy days and freezing temps of winter. “Sunscreen needs to be worn daily due to UVA damage, which is constantly attacking our skin and accelerating the aging process,” says Brittany Wesson, an esthetician with JQ Plastic Surgery.

Established in 2007 by Juan Quintero, M.D., JQ Plastic Surgery offers chemical peels, dermaplaning, microneedling, HydraFacials, In- Mode FaceTite, and InMode BodyTite, among other medical esthetic procedures.

Chemical peels have been a staple of anti-aging skincare treatments for years and are still popular. “There are now numerous formulations to target all skin types and skin issues while also being incredibly cost-effective,” says Brittany. Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling, LED therapy, and Plasma Pen treatments are joining chemical peels in popularity for anti-aging treatments.

Choosing a treatment plan that is going to stimulate collagen remodeling in the skin is important in order to see visible results. “A few of the best options are RF microneedling, traditional microneedling, and deeper depth chemical peels like the TCA peel.”

Not all skincare is created equally. “Skincare purchased from MLMs and social media influencers do not offer the same benefits as professional-grade skincare lines,” says Brittany. “Marketing is the main expense in creating MLM skincare lines versus professional-grade skincare that has invested in research and clinical studies to ensure efficacy.”

Being consistent with your skincare ritual al- lows for full benefits and results. And be careful not to change products too frequently because this practice can wreak havoc on your skin.

“Although it is never too late to improve the health of your skin, starting preventive skincare in your 20s and 30s is ideal so that more invasive procedures can be avoided as we age,” says Brittany. “Preventative skincare is much less expensive than corrective skincare.”

One of the best skincare products to use for preventing skin aging and correcting fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots is retinoid. “Start using a retinoid on your skin!”

Licensed skincare professionals are educated to have a full understanding of the skin tissue and how it ages. “We also understand the different Fitzpatrick skin types, which is extremely important when selecting skincare products and treatments,” Brittany says. “If not knowledgeable on the skin, you can cause permanent damage and be creating stress to the skin instead of making it healthier.” Fitzpatrick skin typing is a way to type any person’s skin in terms of its response to ultraviolet radiation.

“Taking care of your skin should be viewed as a lifelong investment that you will consistently adhere to,” says Brittany. “It is also incredibly important for men to take care of their skin and destigmatize skincare as being only for women.”

Posted on 2021-02-01 by Kathie Stamps