The Ladder: 3 Essential Steps to Youthful Skin
Whether you’re beginning skin damage prevention in your 20s and 30s, or improving age-related changes and maintaining the condition of your skin in your 40s and beyond, the services at DMG Aesthetics can help you achieve and maintain radiant skin no matter your age.
Our licensed aesthetician, Elizabeth Weiler, offers her professional advice on how to sustain youthful skin by following the ladder metaphor, along with a helpful visual for planning and navigating results-oriented options for age management.
Graphic by Elizabeth Weiler, LE
Step 1: Daily
The first and most important step on the ladder for maintaining healthy and glowing skin year-round is daily use of the core four products.
The following products create a skincare routine that protects your skin from damage during the day and repairs damage at night. Without these core skincare products, your skin is highly vulnerable to environmental damage every day.
The Core Four
1. Sunscreen (SPF) - AM Only
No matter your age, it’s a good idea to apply sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days and days when you don’t plan to go outside. To streamline your routine in the morning, you may opt for a sunscreen that also moisturizes.
Revision® Skincare’s Intellishade is a popular SPF product, which is an all-in-one anti-aging daily sunscreen and moisturizer. Another SPF option is ISDIN® Eryfotona Actinica which is a light-weight, easy to apply mineral sunscreen.
2. Antioxidants - AM (PM’s as indicated)
High quality, topical antioxidants can help protect your skin from environmental damage. Many formulas such as a vitamin C serum, are proven to visibly brighten, reduce redness and stimulate collagen in the skin.
Skinmedica®’s Lumivive system is a great option for almost all skin types. It includes a nighttime antioxidant serum to stimulate mitochondria to repair damage as you sleep.
3. Growth Factors and Peptides - AM/PM
Once you turn 40, it is helpful to use a growth factor/peptide serum twice a day, which heals any accumulated skin damage over the years.
When it comes to growth factor and peptide serums, TNS® Essential Serum and Neocutis® MicroSerum are both a great choice.
The TNS® Essential Serum is popular due to its powerful, multi-tasking technology that includes a combination of antioxidants, peptides, HA plumping spheres, brightening Alpha Arbutin and the highest concentration of topical growth factors available.
Neocutis®’ MicroSerum is an unrivaled blend of newly developed peptides that is proven to stimulate three different types of collagen to support the structure of the skin.
4. Retinol or Retinoids - PM Only
Step four, which typically starts at 30 years or older, is incorporating a retinol on a nightly basis.
Retinols and growth factor serums are well known for reducing fine lines, brightening, smoothing, restoring and repairing the skin.
One of the most popular retinols is SkinMedica®’s Retinol .25 (for sensitive or dry skin) and SkinMedica®’s Retinol .5 (for normal skin).
For recommendations on what skincare products you should be using, please schedule a consultation online or by calling your local DMG Aesthetics.
Step 2: Quarterly
In this step, photorejuvenation and/or a wrinkle-reducing treatment such as BOTOX® Cosmetic is recommended at least three to four times a year.
Photorejuvenation treatments can instantly help improve the quality of your skin with results lasting up to several years. The Forever Young® BBL is a common quarterly photorejuvenation treatment.
The Forever Young® BBL is a specialized light-based treatment that increases brightness, smoothness and evens skin tone. This BBL treatment not only improves and maintains your skin tone, but can also be used to rejuvenate the skin on the neck, chest, hands or any other area of the body.
A wrinkle-relaxing injection (neuromodulator), such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® or Xeomin®, works by relaxing the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. For that reason, injections such as BOTOX® can help prevent deep dermal creases, folds and wrinkles or prevent wrinkles you already have from deepening over time.
Wrinkle-relaxing injections are typically repeated every three to four months to maintain the effect, as recommended by the FDA.
Step 3: Annually
For men and women in their 40s and beyond, receiving a laser resurfacing treatment approximately one to two times per year can help reverse and prevent age-related changes in your skin.
An innovative laser treatment called the Halo™Laser is a popular choice. It is a dual-fractionated laser treatment that reduces enlarged pores, lines, wrinkles and mild acne scarring. It also treats visible sun damage as well as deeper sun damage we can’t see. The Halo™ laser is unique because of its low downtime and highly customizable settings that can be personalized for a wide variety of needs.
For example, a lighter Halo™ treatment is ideal for those who want to maintain a youthful and radiant complexion. A more intense treatment is beneficial for those who have deep lines and textures. A Halo laser and BBL combination treatment is common for those with stubborn pigmentation, or those who want ‘wow’ results.
Finally, because we lose volume in our faces over time, treatments with an FDA filler can help to reverse deep dermal creases and the look of sagging skin, without surgery.
When it comes to filler injections, Sculptra Aesthetic® or Juvederm Voluma®XC are often recommended because of their long-lasting, lifting results. For a list of fillers we offer, please visit our non-surgical procedure page.