Dr. Zenovia recently kicked off her Instagram Live Master Class Series with A-list celebrity esthetician, Joanna Vargas! Here are some key takeaways from their conversation about results-driven skincare.
1. The skin is regenerative.
We don’t notice it, but the skin is constantly shedding and regenerating itself. While our genetics play a role in what manifests on the skin, we don’t need to be a victim of our skin’s biology or genes. Our skin care products and skin habits can significantly affect what manifests on the skin. Joanna shared that: “The skin is a window to what’s happening inside the body…One of my biggest philosophies is that it’s not about your DNA…You have to have good habits and a good routine.” Through figuring out what your skin needs, you can manipulate and change it. With the right ingredients and skin regimen, the skin can truly transform.
2. Vitamin C is an important ingredient to add to your daily regimen.
Using a Vitamin C serum in the morning is paramount for skin health, improving skin dullness, and decreasing the appearance of hyperpigmentation caused by free radical damage that occurs during the day.
3. Retinoids are the cornerstone of anti-aging treatment.
Both prescription and over the counter retinol is considered the best anti-aging cream by dermatologists. Retin-A increases skin cell turnover, stimulates collagen production, and decreases pigment production which naturally leads to glowing skin. Additionally, retinols are important in the treatment of acne.
Retinoic acid is the purest form of a retinoid. When converted into its alcohol form of Retinol, it is better tolerated by the skin. When purchasing over the counter retinol, the ingredient listing should include Retinal. If a percentage is included, look for anything above .025% which is the medical grade standard. 0.1% is prescription and 0.5% is just below prescription so for over the counter retinol look for 0.5%-0.025%.
4. Blackheads can be prevented.
A good retinol and exfoliation can help clear clogged pores and prevent blackheads from forming. Joanna Vargas likes to perform blackhead extractions on her clientele. Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid are great ingredients to look for in skincare products that can help exfoliate the skin to decrease the occurrence of blackheads.
5. Radiofrequency laser technology is great for all skin types.
Radiofrequency skin treatments stimulate deep collagen which can help tighten the skin and cause texture improvement. Radiofrequency devices are great for individuals with darker skin tones because radiofrequency is colorblind- it won’t cause hyperpigmentation like light-based energies which can stimulate melasma or hyperpigmentation. Radiofrequency devices are available as at-home devices and can be done at a dermatologist’s or esthetician’s office. Joanna Vargas is a huge fan of microneedling with radiofrequency. “When you get deeper into the dermis with these devices, you aren’t going to trigger melasma, which is an issue I’ve had,” says Joanna.
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