Let’s talk Skin Health
I followed the lead of one of my colleagues (the skin scholar) and used an app on my phone to analyze my skin age. So, with a freshly washed face and no makeup, I awkwardly centered my face within the template for an extremely flattering selfie that even showcases my fading little bruise (insert sarcastic eye roll here). In 5 seconds flat it told me I have 32 year old skin 🧐. In light of the fact that my 30’s are so far in the rear view mirror, I’ll be giddy for a few seconds with that one.
Obviously, the app doesn’t provide an accurate analysis. Truth be told, in my practice, I spend a lot of time (much more than 5 seconds) with my patients playing detective with their skin. It doesn’t matter if they just came in for a little filler or toxin. We are always talking skin health. Filling and using Botox on unhealthy skin just means filled, wrinkle-free bad skin 🤷🏼♀️. Once we hit 30 and collagen loss starts to become noticeable, it’s time to step up the skin care routine with medical grade, clinically studied skin care. Clinical studies on finished formulations (not ingredients alone) are what you should look for.
The face analyzer app made product recommendations based on my skin score. It suggested I purchase a myriad of products from a department store. We all know those products have hefty price tags. But when I compare medical grade skin care products to some of the departments store products the price variation isn’t that significant. The differences lie in clinical studies, evaluation, efficacy, and results. Bottom line? I strongly suggest that you invest products that actually deliver results.
My three can’t live without products include antioxidants and physical sunscreen during the day and a retinoid at night. Having had #melanoma
I reapply SPF regularly through out my day and I am usually in SPF clothing when not in scrubs.
So, take a makeup free / filter free selfie and let’s talk skin health!