Beauty Products: Promising Perfection
There are an overwhelming amount of facial beauty options on the market. Many of them promise their product will diminish your lines and wrinkles, restore a youthful appearance, and perfect your skin in ways you could never imagine. The truth is these are merely claims that are driven by persuasive advertising and most often create false expectations. This is not to say there are not remarkable products that can deliver noticeable results; there is simply an exaggeration that leads consumers to believe they can turn back the hands of time and achieve flawless complexions with a single product. Over the counter products are largely a waste of time and money. There is no miracle cure in a bottle. Only Medical grade skin care products, injectables including fillers, lasers, and facelift surgery can truly take years off an appearance. The best results are obtained with combinations of all of these products and services
I have numerous patients who come in with the same aging problems; wrinkles, sagging skin, dull complexions, age spots, and so forth. Their medicine cabinets are spilling over with every cleanser, serum, and creams over the counter on the market that guarantee results. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that the pricier the product, the better it works. It’s important to consult with a skin expert to find out what your skin condition is first, and then we can help guide you on products or procedures that will be most helpful for you.
I often suggest Neocutis products to patients because of its unique formula of PSP (Processed Skin Proteins) that is a patented cosmetic ingredient essential in wound healing and skin rejuvenation that uses stem cell technology. Aside from nourishing delicate skin after laser procedures or surgery, the products deliver vital nutrients to skin that restore moisture and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I also suggest Obaji products for patients that want medical grade skin rejuvenation. Combined with a tretinoin and hydroquinone treatment, this treatment can build collagen, even skin tone, lighten dark spots, and improve superficial wrinkles. The sun is the skin’s worst enemy, so I always recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF, uva/uvb, and zinc oxide blocker for maximum protection. As stated previously, there are no miracles for perfecting your skin and facial appearance, but drastic improvements can be made with the correct approach. During a consultation, a patient’s skin can be assessed and various options can be offered to achieve the desired results and set patient goals and expectations.
Post provided by Benjamin C. Stong MD