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Are You Taking Care of Your Skin?

Given how convenient in-office treatments are, it’s tempting to try having a few “tweakments” to make yourself look younger at the first sign of wrinkles. Aesthetic procedures like BOTOX® and dermal fillers can significantly enhance the look of your skin, but it’s important to remember that you need to consistently keep up with a good, long-term skincare routine in order to maintain healthy skin and slow the effects of aging. If you aren’t taking care your skin throughout the rest of the year, the lack of attention can make the results of a cosmetic procedure less visible—and even undo them—which defeats the purpose and wastes your time, effort, and money.

After all, there’s no such thing as an instant fix. Every member of our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team, providing a range of options for cosmetic dermatology in Minneapolis, believes that cosmetic treatments should ideally be paired with a balanced, at-home skin care regimen and that patients should continue to give their skin plenty of attention between treatments.

Continue reading for some simple tips to incorporate when building your everyday skin routine.

Know Your Skin Type

You can observe your own skin in the mirror or have it assessed by a dermatologist to determine your skin type. There are several different types, including normal, combination, oily, dry, and sensitive. Being aware of your skin type allows you to choose the most compatible products.

Wash Your Face at Least Once a Day

The basic first step in any proper skincare routine is cleansing your face each day. If you only wash your face once, do it at night. During the daytime, oil, dirt, makeup, dead skin cells, and toxins accumulate on your skin. It’s crucial to wash it all off thoroughly with a cleanser that’s suited for your skin type.

Use Sunscreen Every Day

Sun damage is a primary cause of skin damage (in addition to chronological aging). So be sure to apply a high-SPF product. Even if it’s a cloudy or colder winter day, your skin can still be harmed by UV radiation.

Boost Your Skin

Include some topical antioxidant products like vitamin C creams or retinols, as they not only fend off damage from free radicals, but also undo existing skin damage.

For more advice on taking care of your skin, talk to our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team. Write us a message or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth).

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Skincare Products for Acne-Prone Skin

Did you grow up with acne? Are you still fighting it now? If you grew up thinking your body produced “too much oil”, it may have been difficult to find a product that didn’t make your skin more “shiny” or make it break out. Even now, you may struggle to find that elusive “perfect” moisturizer. However, recent research indicates that acne patients may suffer from a compromised skin barrier, making the need for a barrier repair product important. If you currently use topicals for acne, finding and using the correct moisturizing product may actually make you more consistent with your topicals due to fewer negative side effects.

What should you look for? Ideally, noncomedogenic moisturizers with ceramides and hyaluronic acid are ideal to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), normalize the body’s natural ceramides, and repair the body’s microbiome. If you use a benzoyl peroxide product, it can deplete your skin’s natural vitamin E levels as well as create TEWL. Topical retinoids will thin the top layer of the skin, increase the fragility of the epidermis, and increase TEWL.

Let’s look at a few of our patient’s current favorites:

EltaMD PM Therapy

Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Ceramides plus Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Thiotic Acid, & Linoleic Acid – $34 for 1.7 ounces

SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer

Vitamin C, 2 versions of Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol), and Hyaluronic Acid – $58 for 2 ounces

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Titanium, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate – $65

Additional favorite products for acne-prone skin

  • SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel – $83 for one fluid ounce; Hyaluronic acid oil-free serum
  • Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 (Tinted and Untinted Options) – $35-$37 for 1.7 ounces; Lightweight SPF with Niacinamide
  • SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator – $178 for 2 ounces; Gel based peptide infusion with 5 varying types of hyaluronic acid
  • MD Complete Eye Wrinkle Corrector – $28.99 for .5 ounces; Lightweight eye cream for hydration, firming, fine lines

Stop into our Edina or Plymouth location to find your next skincare product.

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