There is no shortage of skincare advice. Everywhere you turn, you're sure to hear or read about tips and tricks from everyday people and skincare professionals alike. But how do you know which advice to follow and which advice to ignore? Here are two tips from a board-certified plastic surgeon that are sure to steer you (and your skin) in the right direction.

Choose the Right Products

Not all skincare products are created equal. While you can pick up some face wash and moisturizer from a nearby drugstore, doing so probably won't lead to the type of noticeable and long-lasting results you're longing for. Instead, invest in medical grade skincare products from a plastic surgeon, medspa, dermatologist, or qualified skincare professional. You'll find that the higher cost is well worth it.

These products should contain vitamin A (retinol) or its derivatives like retinoic acid and retinyl esters. Here's why: they promote the production of collagen, which is the protein that keeps your skin looking youthful. As long as you use them on a regular basis, you'll be able to boost cell turnover and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Just keep in mind that retinol can lead to side effects like peeling, flakiness, and skin irritation so you may have to apply it every other day until your skin gets used to it and proves it can tolerate it.

Use Sunscreen

Even on cloudy days, it's in your best interest to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen (as long as it's an SPF 30 or higher) can shield your skin from harsh UV rays. UV rays can increase your pigment and decrease cell turnover, eventually causing pigment issues, lines, and wrinkles. Prolonged exposure to the sun may also lower your chances of developing skin cancer. Sunscreen is a great way to combat this serious and life threatening disease. Don't forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so as it will lose its effectiveness over time.

The Dynamic Duo: Vitamin A and Sunscreen

By pairing vitamin A products with sunscreen, you can achieve and maintain healthy, youthful skin you're proud to call your own. For more skincare tips, don't hesitate to contact us today!

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