Do You Know the Right Time to Use Skincare Products?

With all of the different kinds of products out there, one of the questions people ask most often is, “When do I use this?” After the basic cleaner-toner-moisturizer, how are we suppose to layer products to maintain effectiveness? Here are some general rules to help sort out skincare products once you get them home.

  • Use the products that have the lightest texture first. Feel the texture of each product that you have. Use any watery or gel-like textured product first. We want these products closest to the skin, which are generally serums, penetrate faster and have a higher concentration of active ingredients.
  • Use exfoliants at night. Check the ingredients, does it contain an AHA like glycolic or lactic acid? Is retinol one of the active ingredients? If so, these ingredients cause photosensitivity, so it best to put it on at night and give your skin a chance to repair. Be sure to use an SPF in the morning!
  • Use the reparative products at night. Does the cream repair fine lines? Skin, like our bodies and mind restores itself during rest. Get the most benefit for your reparative and anti-aging products by using them during your time or rest.
  • When all else fails… Prioritize your routine by YOUR primary concern. Let us say you have two light-weight, watery serums. One addresses hydration, and the other has antioxidants. If you want to use both, use the one that addresses your PRIMARY concern first. If your primary concern is hydration, put that on your cleansed skin first. If your primary concern is anti-aging, use the antioxidant serum first instead. The active ingredients will all benefit the skin, but this way it absorbs the product that fixes your first concern the fastest.

There are, as always, exceptions to every rule. These are only guidelines designed to help you build your own customized routine with your favorite products. When in doubt, follow the recommendations of your skin care professional.

Increase in Botox Popularity

Over the past few years, we have seen a steady change in the average patient who comes in for Botox. Before Botox Days and special events that make the service more affordable, the average Botox patient was older and quite well off. However, now that Botox has been approved for treating more conditions and the service is becoming more popular, we have seen a slight shift in the average Botox patient.

The use of Botox by patients ages 20-29 has increased by 8% from 2011 to 2012.Here in Orange County and even nationwide, the demographic of Botox patients has changed immensely since the injectable was first FDA approved in 2002. The use of Botox by people ages 20 to 29 has increased by eight percent from 2011 to 2012 according to the 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. As a result, we are seeing more patients in their late 20’s and early 30’s coming in for our Botox Days.

Why has the age of Botox users been lower recently? Both women and men are learning that Botox not only helps vanish wrinkles, but also helps prevent them from forming in the first place. The amount of men getting Botox has increased 310% from a decade ago. We can almost look at Botox the way we look at teeth whitening: very few people did this 20 years ago, but now we are seeing that it is becoming more common and widely available.

Botox as a preventative measure has become more common. The earlier you get Botox, the fewer wrinkles you will develop later in life. The older you get, the more Botox you will need to treat those wrinkles. This brings up the fact that getting Botox earlier will also save you some money in the long run as you won’t need as many treatments. Plus, if you find special event pricing like we have at our Botox Days, you will save even more money.

Why wait? Come to our next Botox Day to take preventative measures against aging skin. If it is your first time, relax. We maintain a comfortable environment where you can let us take care of you and your skin. Bring a friend to make it even better. We look forward to seeing you there.