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If you think of aesthetic care in terms of a house, a procedure like Ultherapy is the foundation. Well-formulated, medical-grade skincare is the paint.  Paint protects and brightens, and we all know a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference in how a room looks. 

Some believe using medical-grade skin care is too time consuming and expensive.  In truth, the real waste of time and money is using products that will not improve your skin’s health.  Unlike department/drug store products, the VALUE of effective skin care products is a worthwhile investment.  Look for productss from pharmaceutical companies developed scientifically and backed by clinical studies.  

Where do you start? Make caring for your skin a daily habit.  Don’t see it as a chore, but as self-care like brushing your teeth.  Think of your routine as something you “get” to do rather than “have” to do.  Look forward to taking the time to pamper yourself at the beginning and end of each day.  Teach teens the importance of taking care of their skin because the earlier skin becomes a priority, the better the results will be. 

What is the ONE product that will give the best anti-aging protection? Sunscreen! We ALL need to use UVA/UVB/HEV/IR/LED protection every day.  It is typical for patients to have more laxity, wrinkles and age spots on the left side  because of driving.  UVB rays are block by most windows, but not the aging UVA rays.  Screens and LED lighting damage skin.  Elegant sunscreen formulas are available to match all skin types and lifestyles.  The right sunscreens have hydrating properties and antioxidants to protect against and reverse signs of aging.  They blend well, don’t leave a white cast and look great alone or can be worn as a primer under makeup.  Excellent sunscreens also double as skin care.  

In addition to sun protection, a healthy cleansing routine is foundational.  There are products to prevent aging and protect the skin’s natural barrier.  Peptides, retinols and growth factors make noticeable differences in elasticity, wrinkles and firmness.  Help is available for those with acne, rosacea and hyperpiegmentation.  

There is no magic product that will do it all, but dramatic differences can result from using the right prodcuts.  Like beginning a fitness routine, results don’t happen overnight, but will come with the proper protocals and perserverence.  At Sky Vein & Aesthetics, skin care consultations are free and we will take the time to listen and recommend a protocol that will benefit you.  We have a certified ZO Expert and ZO Specialist in our office.  NeoCutis, ZO and eltaMd offer formulas to protect and improve skin and we are happy to match products to your concerns.

April is our eltaMD Spring Sale with 15% off 1 product, 20% off 2 or more, plus a gift with purchase of 3 products (while supplies last).  We have adorable, large, canvas bags that will be perfect for the beach, pool or boat.  Or you can choose a case with travel eltaMD skin care products.  Stock up now ad get one for each member of the family. 

Author Shannon Harrison Shannon has a passion for skin care that works and doesn't harm the skin. She has tried it all! She has been trained by NeoCutis, EltaMD, ZO Skin Health and SkinBetter Science. She is the practice manager of Sky Vein & Aesthetics in Bowling Green, KY.

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