Products versus Treatments… When Should I Do What?

As cosmetic skincare providers at Skin Speaks, a common misconception we hear is the thought that there are magical creams that can remove deep wrinkles and clear uneven pigmentation like Abracadabra!

The truth of the matter is that although products do account for the majority of our skin’s appearance, once a deep wrinkle or brown spot has formed, products are no longer the best option.

We like thinking of it like a dentist. A dentist recommends a toothbrush and toothpaste to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum-disease; however, once a cavity is formed a toothbrush and toothpaste will have little effect; it would be a much better option to fix your cavity using the appropriate “treatment”.

Skin care is the same; we recommend using particular products which prevent the breakdown of collagen, the development of brown spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.  However once a spot or wrinkle has formed, products will have minimal effect.  It would be much more advantageous to pursue the appropriate “treatment”.

So what about the creams that promise to turn back the clock a decade and miraculously solve all life’s problems? Consumer, beware!  We are regularly amused by some of the marketing on TV and product labels promising that in just 30 days you will (insert fantastic sounding result here)!!!  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Now don’t read this and toss your night cream in the trash! The preventive powers of products are almost always underestimated. Think of the difference in someone who has used their toothbrush and toothpaste their whole life and someone that hasn’t; the difference is insurmountable.  We see the same difference in our clients. The ones who have used the appropriate product regimen and those who have done little to nothing….you wouldn’t skip even one night if you could see what we see!  It’s all about learning when to do what.

It’s normal for us to see someone trying to get rid of unwanted brown spots and wrinkles after years of product neglect.  Ironically, they are looking to the magical cream to be the solution. The reality is your toothbrush and toothpaste is not the right option to treat your cavities. So what’s the good news?  We have all the right treatments; lasers, chemical peels, injectables and more for those unwanted “cavities”.  

Way to go if you are using the 4 keystones of skincare products, and if you’re not….we would love to educate you for FREE and help you get started with what is right for you!
When it comes to preventing aging skin we should all be using these 4 things:

  1. SPF
  2. Retinoid
  3. Alpha Hydroxy Acid
  4. Antioxidant

Schedule your FREE consult today to learn how to use these products and prevent those “cavities”!

-Written by Skin Speaks Spa Staff