September is Skin Care Awareness Month, but how much do you really know about caring for yours? Whether you’re into just the basics, or have an intricate routine, understanding what different active ingredients do is critical to maintaining healthy skin.
Keep reading to put your knowledge to the test and build your best routine yet.
As it pertains to skincare, what does medical grade mean?
Simply put, medical-grade skincare products work. Unlike the unregulated OTC products found in drugstores and big box beauty stores, medical-grade products are FDA-regulated, meaning they undergo research and tests to ensure their effectiveness.
Traditionally medical-grade products contain a higher percentage of active ingredients, and any claims have been evaluated and confirmed. While they may be more expensive upfront, you pay for the guaranteed results.
(Tip: One of our favorite medical-grade brands, SkinCeuticals, is on sale this month! Spend $200 on SkinCeuticals products and receive 50% off of C E Ferulic.)
Which skincare ingredient is scientifically proven to treat fine lines and wrinkles?
Vitamin A, aka Retinol, is known for its anti-aging properties. Retinol reduces the appearance of wrinkles, improves skin texture, and promotes collagen production for younger, firmer skin.
However, it can be quite potent — be sure to find the right prescription for your needs to ensure you don’t irritate or damage your skin.
Which vitamin brightens the skin and reduces the appearance of unwanted pigment?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps brighten the skin, fade hyperpigmentation, and protect against environmental damage. It’s the perfect addition to a well-rounded skincare routine, providing protection while improving the outer appearance too.
What is the difference between AHA and BHA exfoliants?
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) are two different types of chemical exfoliants, but the former primarily works on the outermost layer of the skin, targeting concerns like texture and clarity, while the latter penetrates deeper into the pores, regulating oil production, preventing clogged pores, and reducing acne.
(Tip: AHAs and BHAs are common ingredients in chemical peels. This month, when you buy two Perfect Peel medium-depth peels, we’re giving you the third 50% off.)
What is the most important skincare product you should be using daily?
A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ is essential for ensuring healthy, damage-free skin. Not only can sunscreen help mitigate environmental damage and superficial sun damage, it can literally save your life by protecting your skin from melanoma and other skin cancers.
(Tip: Not sure where to start? We have a special this month that will help you create a regimen that includes sunscreen! Buy an EltaMD sunscreen and moisturizer, and you’ll receive a FREE cleanser.)
Whether you aced our questions or learned something new, we’re here to support you on your skincare journey this month and every month. Give us a call with any questions and book your next appointment today: (208) 888-0660.
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