Do You Know Your ABC’s of Skin Care

Vitamin A topically applied, helps with fine lines, wrinkle and overall better skin health. Prescription products, from your Licensed Esthetician or Dermatologist, like Retin-A and Renova are most effective. A non-prescription Retinol may also be used, however it may take a bit longer to see the desired result.

Vitamin B also topically applied can aid in moisture retention & healthy glow. Vitamins B-3 (niacin) and B-5 (pantothenic acid) have become popular additions to skin-care products because of their ability to assist in retaining moisture. B-3 offers a milder alternative to acidic exfoliates like glycolic & salicylic acid, which some may feel too be harsh for their complexions. B-5 is a more common skin-care additive, and is widely recognized for its (along with Vitamin E) moisturizing ability. It's also good for those with sensitive skin, as some creams made with Vitamin-E have been known to cause irritation.

Vitamin C
medical grade & topical, is a proven prescription lightener to improve dull, tired-looking skin. C serums are proven to help maintain normal cell turnover, neutralize free radicals at all layers of the skin. C greatly repairs damaged cells, builds collagen, L_Ascorbic acid is essential for cross-linking collagen molecules, lightens and brightens skin, reduces inflammation, decreases water loss in skin and helps sunscreen, acting as an additional protection factor from UVA & UVB rays and sun damage.

Don't forget D...

Vitamin D is a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogen. Basically, the sun’s rays contain ultra violet light that acts on unprotected skin (no sunscreen) and allows it to manufacture Vitamin D. Although this is a very easy way to get Vitamin D into your body and reap the benefits, sun exposure must be controlled. Too much sun exposure will lead to skin cancer and premature skin aging. Five to ten minutes of daily summer sun exposure on unprotected skin such as the face, hands, arms, and back will provide enough ultra violet light exposure to produce the required amount of vitamin d for the body.

Fact: The sun is just as strong ALL year round. As the FDA recommends you should be protecting yourself all year around. Anytime of the year it is suggested that you avoid prolonged sun exposure without protection. While on any skin care treatment or system, you can participate in normal outdoor activity, however, your skin may be slightly more sensitive to the sun & heat protection as normally suggested allows for us to increase the cell turn over in the summer months to prevent the damage from occurring as much as possible.

  1. Comment by Anonymous on April 8, 2010 at 4:00 AM  

    oh, thanks for the ABC...always clever to fresh up on those, cause it's really important! ;)