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Your Skincare Routine Matters More Than You Might Think

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As a renowned expert in medical aesthetics, Dr. Lista is frequently invited to give lectures at conferences and events around the world. If you’ve been a patient with us for a while, you may have even had the chance to hear him speak at one of our live beauty events.

We thought we’d dive into the lecture archives and share one of his “greatest hits” topics, so to speak, about an issue that is especially relevant right now, as it’s something you can still maintain at home: skincare!

As Dr. Lista has explained, skincare improves the overall quality of the skin, which is the most important foundation to any beauty regimen. Interested in getting injections like Botox or fillers, or laser treatments to improve skin quality? If you have a good skincare routine, you’re definitely going to boost your results. If we continue up that pyramid, and if you’re interested in facial cosmetic surgery like a facelift, a holistic approach that combines a solid skincare regimen with conservative injections can help achieve an amazing and really natural-looking result.

The reason that skincare is so important comes down to the way that our skin ages. As your cells renew themselves more slowly, there is less hyaluronic acid and collagen to fill out layers of the skin, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of fullness or volume. Skin pigmentation is also affected by the aging process, leading to age spots and uneven tone. Acne-prone skin can be affected in the long term by acne scarring.

Active ingredients in your skincare products can have a big impact on all of these concerns. When you have a totally customized regimen, you can help create a natural, glowing baseline that stays with or without makeup and supports any other beauty treatments you’re interested in.

What are Active Ingredients?

Active ingredients are responsible for delivering benefits to the skin—think anti-acne, anti-aging, or improving dryness. Their effect must be documented by scientific evaluation. Active ingredients optimize your skin’s innate healing abilities and restore firmness, build strength, correct pH balance and increase cell turnover.

Some examples of active ingredients include a few names you might be familiar with, like glycolic acid, kojic acid, co-enzyme Q10 and peptides. Hyaluronic is another amazing active skincare ingredient, and it’s also the main component that makes injection fillers do their thing.

Dr. Lista’s 5 Essential Skincare Steps

Each day at home you can optimize your skin quality and texture, helping your skin’s support network grow stronger to appear healthier and brighter. We’re looking for dewiness, elasticity, and radiance. Here’s how Dr. Lista recommends you can achieve it.

Step 1: Cleanse

Your cleanser is your vital first step in your routine because it helps you reset, washing away bacteria, oils or other impurities from the environment. Some cleansers are even enriched with active ingredients that help exfoliate right in that first step. This is essential because there are more powerful ingredients in the steps that come after this one, and by preparing your skin with the right cleanser, you’ll be able to better absorb them and achieve an even better result.

Step 2: Exfoliate & Tone

There are lifeless cells that have built up throughout the cell turnover process and sit on the surface of our skin, dulling your complexion and preventing your skincare from reaching the newer, lively cells beneath. So annoying! Your toners and exfoliators (like a gentle scrub with fruit enzymes—definitely avoid harsh scrub ingredients that can injure your skin and cause inflammation, like crushed walnut shells) help soften keratin to break apart these dead cells so you can get rid of them more easily.

Step 3: Activate

This is where you prep steps pay off since your skin is ready to get the most benefits from your most effective ingredients. Specialty and booster products that contain retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C, stem cells, and more fall into this category. Clinical-grade ingredients work hard overnight while you rest to reduce signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, redness, dullness, and breakouts.

Step 4: Moisturize

Dr. Lista’s best advice is to find a moisturizer that’s formulated for your skin concerns. If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for a rich emollient formulation that will help calm irritation and give you the hydration you need.

Oily or acne prone skin? Some people with this skin type think moisturizing is not ideal as it will only feel more greasy or oily. But if you skip this step, your skin can actually amp up oil production to compensate. What you need to look for is an oil-free moisturizer with antibacterial properties that still prevents moisture loss and contains salicylic acid to keep breakouts at bay.

Step 5: Protect

During the day, rain or shine, each and every day, no matter WHAT, you want to wear a sunscreen that protects your skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Sun exposure can cause damage to your cells and accelerate the skin’s aging process, leaving you with uneven skin tone, depleted collagen and elastin, and creating hyperpigmentation and sun spots. Even worse, it can also cause melanoma. Sunscreen protects against this skin cancer and helps prevent other sun damage to the skin.

Skincare We Love to Use

So, there you have it—following this formula in the morning and at night before bed will help you get great looking, glowing skin. And a note about that—you obviously only need your sunscreen in the morning (and to reapply as needed throughout the day) but most of your activating skincare works best only at night. For example retinol is less effective when exposed to UV rays during the day, so it’s better to not waste it and use only at night.

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we sell and use Miracle 10 Skincare. We love it because we’ve seen it achieve some amazing results. It’s totally customizable to any skin type so you can build your full skincare regimen to fulfill these 5 key steps.

As we continue to stay home during COVID-19, Miracle 10 is offering free shipping on every order with no minimum spend required, so you can keep up (or start!) your skincare routine at home. If you need any recommendations, we’re happy to help, and you can also use this handy bundle tool to easily build your own daily skincare collection.

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