What is the best Skin Care Regimen?
Many patients wonder what are the best creams or lotions to use for youthful healthy skin and for prevention of aging skin.
In the morning the most important topical to use is sunscreen. Use at least an SPF 30 sunscreen that covers UVA and UVB light. The best sunscreen is one you like to use every day. It should not be irritation or cause itching. You should like the feel of the product and for some it may need to be more moisturizing and for others more light-feeling. Sunscreens help prevent UV damage to the skin.
The second most common topical recommended for aging skin is Vitamin A products that are typically used at night time. Retinol or retinoids are another type of Vitamin A. These are drying or irritating to some and may need to be used sparingly, infrequently and with a moisturizer. Vitamin A is used to help with wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, texture changes and build collagen in the skin.
The third topical recommended is topical Vitamin C which produces similar results to Vitamin A. Some Vitamin C products are more moisturizing and others are more drying. The antioxidant effects of Vitamin C help to prevent skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.
There are many, many other topical anti-aging compounds on the market and more coming every year. These 3 topicals - sunscreen, Vitamin A and Vitamin C - are the foundation for great skin care. Other topical products may be added for specific skin conditions.
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