Both skin care products used at home and treatments in the office can address common signs of aging such as wrinkles, uneven color, and dull skin. If you combine high quality skin care products with appropriate treatments, your results can be even better. Here we discuss a few common cosmetic treatments and skin care products that are ideal to pair with them.
Botox is the most common in office treatment offered in cosmetic medical offices in the United State. Botox is a purified protein which is best known for its use to treat wrinkles. Botox works by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles. The perfect skin care product to use to enhance your results is anything the retinol or retin-A, also called retinoids. Retinoids work by stimulating your body to make your own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen, the protein in your skin that keeps it firm and tight. The A E Skin Brightening Cream contains prescription-strength retin-A to give your skin a boost of collagen. By relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles with Botox and stimulating your skin to make more collagen using retinoids, you can really improve the appearance of wrinkles.
Fillers such as Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella are other injectable products like Botox. However, the active ingredient in most fillers is hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in your skin that draws water into the area. Fillers are used to fill in deep lines such as the laugh lines (or nasolabial folds) that go from the sides of your nose to the corners of your mouth. Fillers can also be used in other areas such as the cheeks to restore volume there and to lift the lower face. Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in many skin care products such as the A E Skin Hydrating Serum. It works the same way when you apply it on your skin at home: by pulling water into your skin. About two thirds of your skin is water and it needs enough water to perform its barrier functions. There are three steps in ensuring this. The first is drinking enough water. When you drink water, the water is moved into your bloodstream. Applying products with hyaluronic acid perform the second step: they bring the water into your skin. The third step is to apply moisturizer over the hyaluronic acid to trap the water in your skin and prevent it from evaporating. Combining topical products that contain hyaluronic acid such as the A E Skin Hydrating Serum will allow the hyaluronic acid to work from both the inside and outside of your skin.
IPL Photofacials are common treatments that are used to treat uneven color. It works by using bright light to target and destroy unwanted dark spots. Using products to lighten the skin will enhance your results. Look for ingredients such as hydroquinone and kojic acid that are found in the A E Skin Brightening Cream. People that use the A E Skin Brightening Cream (along with other skin care products) see better results from their IPL photofacial treatments.
Chemical peels are outstanding treatment for textural irregularities. Dead skin can build up on your skin surface and cause a dull complexion and contribute to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels remove a thin layer of dead skin cells from the surface and make your skin look more youthful. Products you can use at home include those such as the A E Skin Exfoliating Serum. Such products contain ingredients called hydroxy acids like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acids. These are the same ingredients as those in chemical peels, but at much lower concentrations that can be tolerated by your skin on a daily basis. Using hydroxy acids at home will definitely enhance the results of your chemical peels. Be sure to stop using hydroxy acids a week before and after your peels.
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