Taking care of our skin is more important now than ever before. Pollution, stress and lifestyle choices can either slow down or accelerate the effects of skin aging. Therefore using high quality skincare products can go a long way to prevent wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture while minimizing pore size and acne breakouts. The challenge for most people these days is they don’t always know which specific products they should be using to get the most benefit for their skin. To assist patients with the task of choosing the right products for them, our expert clinicians at Azala Medical Aesthetics (founded by Dr. Mosser) are happy to recommend affordable pharmaceutical-grade products for maintaining skin health and correcting any complexion issues or concerns. Learn more about medical skincare products and location near me in the San Francisco Bay area.
Aside from daily essentials such as cleansers, toners and moisturizers, the number one product everyone should be using for aging prevention is a broad spectrum sunblock. It must be applied every morning to protect against UVB (causes sun damage such as hyperpigmentation or skin cancer) and UVA (causes premature aging in the form of wrinkles and sagging skin). The healthiest ingredients for reducing sun exposure are physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. We recommend brands like Obagi, Elta MD and SkinCeuticals because they contain zinc oxide as their primary ingredient. These are light, transparent formulations that blend beautifully and don’t leave a white residue like zinc sunscreens from the past.
UV isn’t the only skin-damaging radiation produced by the sun. Infra-red rays are emitted by the sun just like UV, only sunscreens don’t work to block them out. The only way to protect your skin is with an antioxidant such as CE Ferulic and Phloretin from Skin Ceuticals or vitamin C serums by Obagi. The skincare product that’s been studied the most and has the largest number of clinical trials backing up its anti-aging claims is retinoids (including retinols and retin-A). When consulting with one of our aesthetic providers they will explain which type of retinoid is best for your skin and how to decrease side effects such as dryness which can accompany these products. Finally, for a youthful under eye area we recommend hydrating and rejuvenating products like Neocutis Lumiere and Lumiere Riche or Obagi eye cream to address dark circles and pigment under the eyes, wrinkles and crepey skin. To improve redness, flushing and rosacea, our clinic carries a number of skin calming creams and serums.
When it comes to skin products consumers have many options. Drugstores, department and health food stores as well as specialty shops like Sephora sell millions of items every day. The problem with most over the counter products is that they don’t contain a high enough concentration of “active ingredients” to make a difference in wrinkles, fine lines, acne, hydration or pigment. In fact, only medical-grade products offer maximum efficacy of ingredients. This means you can trust all the professional products offered at Azala Medical Aesthetics which can range in price but all are proven to work with consistent use. We invite you to stop by for a consultation and Visia analysis for personalized recommendation.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.