THE COSMETIC SCIENCE OF SKIN CARE

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Many of us (most of us?), women and men, become concerned about the appearance of facial wrinkles and sagging skin as we age. It is virtually impossible to fight it off - our bodies simply become less efficient at combatting the effects of sun and aging. Our skin naturally begins to lose elasticity, creating wrinkles and pigment problems.

Cosmetic science evolves as quickly as the pace of technology, and cosmetic companies grow very rich on the promises offered by new products. Still, there are four basic ingredients that have proved to be effective against the signs of aging:

  • Growth factors
  • Antioxidants
  • Retinoids
  • Sunscreens
At this time we will focus on growth factors, since these are the latest and most powerful ingredients in the fight against the appearance of aging. Growth factors are the naturally occurring proteins and peptides in the body needed to stimulate cell repair.. Over 110 different growth factors have been identified via cosmetic science. The potency of growth factors is so strong that the FDA regulates their use as an ingredient in cosmetic products.

It is an eye-opener that the FDA designates that retail cosmetic products may only contain 2% growth factors in their ingredients, regardless of price.

No wonder we have become big fans of the prescription-strength products of Skin Medica, which has 93.6% concentration of growth factors in their anti-aging products such as TNS, Tissue Nutrient System and the hydrating Dermal Repair. We have seen great results from SkinMedica products, and our patients say that the experience has been simple and easy. Our new Skin Medica prescription-strength products are effective for all skin types:

  • Lytera Skin Brightening System, a cleansing and treatment system of products to use daily.
  • TNS, Tissue Nutrient Systems, a dual-chamber product containing an oil-free and alcohol-free recovery complex of growth factors, and an anti-oxidant corrective complex to reinforce skin foundation.
  • Dermal Repair Cream, a luxurious cream providing intense hydration and containing multivitamins.
Finally, these tremendous Skin Medica products are eligible for Brilliant Distinction points that reward you with instant savings on any Allergan facial aesthetic treatments and products, such as Botox, Juvederm, and Latisse.

We are always looking for the most effective products for our patients, and are happy to share this exciting news!
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Westfield Plastic Surgeon