What to Expect When Starting a Medical-Grade Skincare Regimen
There is no limit to the number of products on the market that claim to improve the health of our skin, and it can be difficult to choose which of these products will work best for our specific needs. A trip to any skincare retailer or drug store will offer seemingly endless options for moisturizers, sunscreens, serums, creams, lotions, and other topical delivery systems.
The issue with so many of these products is that while they are designed to offer temporary relief from what ails us (dry and itchy skin, an oily complexion, pimples) they often don’t contain formulations with ingredients which have been shown to treat underlying causes of skin concerns or benefit the skin long-term.
What Does it Mean to Be Medical-Grade
Medical-grade skincare products encompass a variety of product types, all of which contain purposeful formulations that not only treat superficial concerns but also reinvigorate healthy skin functions that begin to diminish as we age and as we continue to be exposed to certain environmental stressors.
Not only do medical-grade skincare products contain ingredients that have either been shown to make positive changes in our skin or are meant to support the active ingredient which do improve our skin, they also omit common filler ingredients such as fragrances and parabens that not only offer no real benefits, but can also lead to further skin damage or exasperate chronic conditions such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, irritation, and inflammation.
Allowing Your Skin to Adapt to Medical-Grade Products
Our LUMEN products have been developed to support people of all skin types and are most effective when used as a part of a daily at-home regimen.
Because Lumen products contain active ingredients such as retinoids, hydroxy acids, peptides, brighteners, and exfoliants, many of them require our skin to adjust to the effects of their benefits. Most often, patients will experience tingling, dryness, or peeling as their skin adapts to these ingredients. Not only are these sensations common, some (such as peeling) are directly responsible for the transformative results experienced after days or weeks of application.
One of the best examples of medical-grade skincare in our Lumen line is our two-step lip care product, Renew & Restore. While the vast majority of lip products on the market provide only temporary relief, Renew & Restore contains a complex cocktail of ingredients to provide sun protection, strengthen the lip’s moisture barrier, and improve the appearance of wrinkling.
In addition to hydroxy acids, vitamin C, two mineral sunscreen ingredients, and a botanical growth factor, our Renew & Restore lip kit contains an ester of vitamin A called hydroxypinacalone retinoate (HPR), which is a retinoid. Retinoids are highly effective in reducing signs of premature aging; and while HPR is much less irritating than many other retinoids, it can create some temporary lip dryness while your skin adjusts to its many benefits.
Schedule Your Skin Consultation
To learn more about medical-grade skincare products and what to expect when starting a new daily skincare regimen, contact us today at (843) 757-3223 or book online with a licensed aesthetician in our founders’ medical spa in the Low Country of South Carolina. Virtual consultations are available. Ask about your LUMEN credit when scheduling an appointment.