Does Skin Type Matter?
In reality, everyone’s skin has the same anatomy, and therefore the same basic needs to keep skin young and healthy. So, knowing your skin type (oily, dry, or combination) really doesn’t matter when choosing skincare… as long as you meet these needs.
Any skincare product regimen should address these 3 basic needs:
Your Skin Anatomy
There are three distinct layers to the skin, each with its own function and architecture. Moving from most superficial to deepest:The Epidermis, The Dermis, and The Hypodermis or Subcutaneous Fat Layer. It’s important to understand the structure of the skin so you can better understand how and why great skincare treatments and products work.
The Epidermis is the external layer of skin present on all areas of the body. New epidermal skin cells are formed in the deepest layer of the epidermis, the stratum basale, and as the cells move from this deeper layer to the superficial stratum corneum, they die.These dead cells are known as corneocytes. They help waterproof the skin, and in young, healthy skin, the corneocytes are well organized to produce natural moisturizing factor (NMF) for maintaining skin hydration.
Corneocytes can be anywhere from 10 to 100 layers thick. It is important to know that these cells should beCONSTANTLY shedding, and that this natural process slows down as we age. In healthy skin, this natural cell turnover or exfoliation process happens about every 30 days. As the process slows, the result is a thickening of the stratum corneum, which causes dull, dry, flaky, and sensitive skin. If you feel like you need to apply a lot of moisturizer, then your epidermis is not functioning at its optimum, and cellular turnover needs to be improved. On the contrary, if you have oily or acne prone skin, this step is just as important to decrease trapping the oils in the pores which can lead to breakouts.
Chemical exfoliation - Encourages natural cell turnover and is the most effective for at-home use. Because physical exfoliation can be so tricky, leave it to the pros who use microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, lasers and peels to do this to a very fine, controlled degree. Chemical exfoliation can be achieved with certain bioactive topical ingredients.
The Dermis is all about collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein found in bone, muscle, skin, and tendons. It is the most abundant protein in the skin. Collagen provides the structural network or “glue” that holds the body’s tissues together. Its health is vital for the skin’s integrity and firmness. As we age, the body’s ability to grow collagen slows down. This decrease in collagen production becomes apparent with the emergence of larger pores, increased wrinkling, and sagging in the skin. If you are over 35 and not caring for your dermis, then your collagen layer is disintegrating daily. The great news is that collagen production can be stimulated with the right topical products and procedures!
Research has shown that certain bioactive product ingredients like topical Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Peptides can stimulate the skin to produce collagen and reverse the signs of aging. These ingredients need to be formulated with the capability of penetrating the skin’s barrier to reach the dermis; therefore, not all product formulations are effective. Potent and effective collagen promoting ingredients are topical Vitamin A found in our Vital A Serum, and AHAs found in our Rejuvenating swipes.
SKIN CHANGES WITH AGING:
In children, the epidermis is thinner. The cells are also well organized, since cell turnover (natural exfoliation) is functioning at an optimum level. Children also enjoy a nice plump and thick dermis and hypodermis, giving them smooth, supple skin. As we age, this all changes. The epidermis becomes thicker and dryer with decreased cell turnover. Our dermis becomes thinner and less supported with loss of collagen, elastin and fat causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
Great skincare should be all about restoring skin function to as close as possible to what it was in childhood. Quality skincare products that support the skin should be a part of any skincare regime. These important basic needs can be met simply with our Vital A Serum that contains retinaldehyde to help bump up natural exfoliation and support an increase in collagen production. In addition, for protection of the skin from free radicals and collagen breakdown from sun exposure, also apply an SPF with zinc oxide daily. Beautiful, healthy skin is easy to have when you understand what your skin needs.
To Your Best Skin Ever,
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Advocate:A person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, and/or cause.
For all the ways to describe who I am and what I do, the word advocate feels the most right. I am not just a PA-C, injector, skincare formulator, and entrepreneur. Those are simply the tools I use to carry out my life’s passion. My mission is to help educate people on the power they have to work with aging on a deep and impactful level, and to help my clients see themselves in a new light that they have control over. The truth is that too many people waste money and sanity on products and procedures that either don’t work, or don’t deliver on the intended outcome. And it's only by education on the structure of the skin, and how aging takes place in the body, that we can intelligently choose what to do when.
An Introduction To Cosmeceuticals
So, you may ask, “Why don’t all skin products work?” Many of us have bought the newest trendy product that we have read about in a beauty magazine or seen on TV, used it for a few weeks, see no results, and then put it in the cabinet never to be touched again. The fact is that YOU WANT TO SEE RESULTS! You want your skin to look and feel healthier and younger. However, many beauty products fall short because those amazing “active ingredients” that they advertise aren’t delivered to the right place in the skin, or in the right form to be effective.
Many companies in the business of “Big Beauty” have capitalized on the notion of a customized skincare plan based on your particular skin type. I think we have all taken the quiz, received the result, and went straight to the cash register confident that this custom regimen would be the answer to our skin woes. Cut to three months later, and we are back at a different register, listening to different set of promises … and lather, rinse, repeat.
It really doesn’t matter what “skin type” you have. The four basic daily needs for skin health and anti-aging do not change