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G.R.A.S.S. | SkinMedica Skin Care System

Green is good, but G.R.A.S.S. is better

We’ve been using this helpful acronym to inform our clients about the benefits of using the right skincare products. Having medical cosmetic procedures and not caring for skin at home is like going to the dentist, but never flossing! And used by themselves or alongside cosmetic procedures, the right skincare regimen can make a big difference to the daily appearance of your face, neck and décolleté. They can also help extend the results you get from your medspa treatments.

Here is our five-step recommendation for great skin all year long:

G Growth Factors: proteins that literally enhance cell production and boost collagen.

R Retinol, an amazing anti-aging product that improves everything from acne to fine lines and skin texture.

A Antioxidants, everyone needs a daily dose to fight free radicals and skin deterioration.

S Special Ingredients that pertain to your particular skin issues like a need for lightening and brightening, something to help with acne or maybe a powerful eye repair treatment.

S Sunscreen: choose one that is broad spectrum, spf 30 and contains a physical block such as zinc or titanium dioxide. Wear it every day.

G is for Growth Factors

Stimulating your skin to heal, rejuvenate and promote cell renewal is vital to having healthy, glowing skin. Growth factors are substances like vitamins, proteins and nutrients that enhance cell production.

A proprietary growth factor blend called TNS Recovery Complex is included in many of the SkinMedica products, but the most potent combination is found in the TNS Essential Serum, which also incorporates antioxidants and peptides. When applied in the morning and evening, TNS Essential Serum restores a youthful look to the skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and enhances skin texture and tone.

R is for Retinol

Looking for a product that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, help manage acne and eczema and deal with the effects of sun damage? These are some of the many benefits of Retinol, which is another name for Vitamin A. Even for skin that is not yet showing the signs of age and sun, Retinol can help prevent the appearance of future damage. Because it is a vitamin, Retinol is able to communicate with your cells and improve cell function. It also acts as an antioxidant, so it stops free-radical damage. In addition to its anti-aging benefits, Retinol is helpful for skin conditions like acne and eczema.

Retinol Complex 0.25, 0.5 or 1.0 from SkinMedica will enhance skin tone, texture and resiliency. These products are beneficial for all skin types, and the level of Retinol appropriate for your skin will be recommended by one of our medical aestheticians. Skin should be conditioned to Retinol’s strength, so when you start using the product, it can be good to begin with a lower level of Retinol. You will see results like diminished appearance of fine lines and coarse wrinkles and a more even skin tone.

A is for Antioxidants

Everyone needs a daily dose of antioxidants! These are substances like vitamins, minerals and enzymes that fight free radicals to inhibit oxidation (a.k.a. deterioration) of your body’s cells. Free radicals are basically loose molecules in your body that attack stable molecules and lead to cell dysfunction. These free radicals can be formed from a variety of environmental factors like sun, pollution or cigarette smoke, but they can also develop from regular bodily functions like metabolism or fighting off illness. And even worse, free radical damage grows as we age.

In the body, it is antioxidants that are able to fight free radical damage. They protect the cells, like those making up the skin and can encourage the body to repair itself. It’s important to get plenty of antioxidants in your food, usually through fruits, nuts and vegetables, and it’s also vital to incorporate antioxidants into your skincare. When antioxidants protect cells, promote repair and encourage new cell growth, they also help correct the signs of aging like wrinkles and skin discoloration.

Powerful antioxidants can be found in a variety of rejuvenating SkinMedica products like the TNS Essential Serum and TNS Recovery Complex, which are formulated with naturally occurring growth factors, antioxidants, soluble collagen, cytokines and matrix proteins. The Vitamin C+E Complex also has a high concentration of vitamins and extraordinary antioxidant protection.

S is for Special Ingredients

Once you’ve accomplished the basic anti-aging steps of G., R. and A., it’s time to put the icing on the cake with specialty products that work on your skin’s specific issues. Perhaps you suffer from skin discoloration, or maybe even as an adult, you struggle with acne. Special ingredients can target and solve these problems.

Lytera - Dark spots, be gone! The search for a more even skin tone comes to a happy conclusion when you use the SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening System. An advanced formula that is ideal for all skin types and does not contain hydroquinone, Lytera is a simple, yet effective comprehensive brightening system. In as little as four weeks, with best results achieved in about twelve weeks, Lytera products will reveal a natural more even skin tone.

Acne products - Adult (and youthful) acne sufferers will love SkinMedica’s acne products, which employ therapeutic ingredients to clean deeply, promote exfoliation and help reduce breakouts on blemish-prone skin. The acne treatment system uses salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to help control excess oil. The therapeutic lotion fights the causes of acne, all leaving you with clear, healthy skin.

TNS Eye Repair - A skincare routine wouldn’t be complete without a little extra attention for the eyes. This is one of the first places that evidence of aging starts to appear in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles as this delicate skin gets thinner. With SkinMedica’s advanced TNS Eye Repair, signs of aging are diminished, and a brighter more radiant look is restored.

All of the Special Ingredient products can be incorporated seamlessly with the other products in the G.R.A.S.S. program.

S is also for Sunscreen

This should be the final step in your skincare routine every morning, rain or shine. Because the sun emits both UVA and UVB rays, and UVA rays can actually be more harmful and can penetrate glass and clouds, it is vital to protect your skin from the sun all of the time during daylight hours. Your sunscreen needs to include a physical block such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in order to protect your skin from damaging UVA rays.

Follow the five steps of the G.R.A.S.S. skincare routine, and you will grow healthier, more youthful looking skin while also loving the luxury of giving your skin the attention it deserves. And one more thing – just like grass needs water, so does your skin, so be sure to drink plenty every day!