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Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore! Part 1 of 3

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Aging affects us all. But don’t feel left out guys, we are here for you, too! Today is day one of a series of three blogs related to our first ever Men’s Month at SkinSpeaks! We will be focusing on non-invasive, anti-aging treatments that are quick and generally have little to no downtime.

Aging presents itself on the skin as fine lines, wrinkles, redness, brown pigmentation, and dull, rough skin. There are several different treatment options when dealing with aging skin. Skincare products, chemical peels and laser treatments are the most effective options and we will describe each in more detail in the coming blogs. These treatments require a minimal amount of downtime, allowing life to get back to the normal grind in as little as 45 minutes.

Today, let’s briefly mention the simplest way to start treating aging skin- skincare products. Skincare products include cleansers, moisturizers, antioxidants, SPF, retinoids, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

Cleansers- proper skincare begins with clean skin. Removing impurities is essential to prepare your skin for other products that applied.

Moisturizers- regulate, strengthen and protect your skin from everyday enemies. They can soothe irritated, dry or red skin.

Antioxidants- prevent brown spots, wrinkles, and the breakdown of skin by fighting free radicals. Vitamin C is the most common antioxidant in skincare, and it helps create collagen, a must for aging skin.

SPF- prevents against skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen.

Retinoids- smoothes skin texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces brown spots, balances oil production, and creates a youthful glow.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)- dissolves the “gunk” that builds up between your skin cells that prevents products from penetrating. AHA’s are also a natural humectant, helping keep skin hydrated.

It sounds confusing, how do you know where to start? That’s the easy part! Come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our amazing aestheticians, and they will do the hard work for you, recommending only the products you are looking for. Our staff has handpicked a collection of the most efficacious skincare products available and know that expensive does not always mean better. We don’t believe in complicated skincare regimens that are destined to fail, but instead provide a customized approach. So, whether you want to start slow, or get a full treatment regimen right away, give us a call at 952.435.6565!

 

 

Retinoids…Why all the buzz?

Retinoids…Why all the buzz?

The word is seen everywhere, from product bottles to television commercials broadcasting this as the latest fountain of youth. But what really is a retinoid, and more importantly, how would this product powerhouse benefit you?

A retinoid (topical Vitamin A) is a prescription form of the commonly used OTC retinol. A retinoid has the ability to help unplug pores, reduce skin discoloration, restore vibrancy to the complexion, balance oil production, and improve the appearance of fine wrinkles. Retinoid creams have also been proven to build collagen within the dermis, helping restore elasticity and further improve fine lines. If you think of a baby’s skin, full and plump with a dewy, fresh appearance, this is essentially the end goal of long term retinoid usage. Retinoids work by reducing the dull, outer layer of dead skin cells-called our statum corneum, and plumps the healthy, living layer of skin underneath, called our basal layer. With continued usage, baby soft skin can be yours!

Consultations are recommended to assist you in picking the perfect retinoid for your skin type. This product can range from mild to wild, and choosing the right one for you is very important! Our consultations are always complimentary and we would be happy to discuss this fountain of youth with you. Call Skin Speaks today to set up your free consultation (952) 435-6565.