When we look for cosmetic products for our skin, whether at the mall or online stores, there are many options just waiting for us. Unfortunately, the many beauty influencers out there promoting expensive and newly launched products can leave us feeling more bewildered than ever.
Here at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, we offer Skin Type Solutions Products, a technologically advanced skincare line that uses your skin type to help you select the most appropriate proprietary products for your skin concerns. Dr. Pramit Malhotra and his team will get you started with a quick, in-office Skin Type Solutions quiz. Taking less than five minutes while waiting to see one of our medical aestheticians, this quiz will help identify your unique skin type selected from 16 available options and based on our four sets of parameters:
Oily vs. Dry
Determined by how much moisture and oil (sebum) is created by skin, establishing the overall hydration status of tissues.
Sensitive vs. Resistant
Characterized by the amount of inflammation in the skin, sensitive tissue is more prone to acne, burning, stinging, and rashes, while resistant tissue may require more robust ingredients.
Pigmented vs. Nonpigmented
Unrelated to ethnicity, pigmented skin is easily discolored with age spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation.
Wrinkle-Prone Vs. Tight
Winkle-prone tissue needs additional products to help fight the aging process. Younger patients, such as teens, will have unique requirements for issues such as acne.
The Skin Type Solutions Regime
Our Skin Type Solutions approach will perfectly match products selected from more than a dozen different skincare brands to match your unique needs and aesthetic goals. Our team will get you on the best track in taking care of your skincare needs, from the best face scrub to the finest toner for oily skin.
Patients in their teens can use our Skin Type Solutions to ease acne and prevent early aging, while those in their late 20s or 30s may require more robust products. These products will help eliminate the need for more invasive facial rejuvenation techniques later in life and delay the signs of early aging.
In their 40s, 50s, and beyond, men and women would benefit from a treatment focused on more intense hydrating products. Regardless of your age or skin type, Skin Type Solutions helps our team of licensed Medical Aestheticians create a highly optimized skincare plan that, as lifestyle and needs change, can be adjusted over time.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to call us to schedule your appointment:
The Importance of Knowing Your Skin Type
Seeking out the best skincare products is possible only if you know your skin type. Figuring out whether you have a normal, dry, oily, sensitive, or some other skin type is the first step on your journey of overhauling your skincare regime.
Just because oily skin can handle almost any product doesn’t mean you can take risks when it comes to acne-prone or highly sensitive skin. Knowing what suits your skin type best will get you that flawless and healthy skin you deserve.
- Oily Skin – When it comes to oily skin, it’s all about excess sebum production.
- Dry Skin – Instead of lotion, dry skin is better equipped to handle cream and ointment.
- Sensitive Skin – When it comes to sensitive skin, the fewer ingredients your product has, the better.
Choose Products With Caution
Once we know your skin type, we will carefully seek out the products that will benefit you the most. With this process, you avoid getting carried away by the packaging, glowing reviews, and recommendations of your favorite influencer.
When it comes to your skin, only the most suited products will do, and that probably won’t match with what is trending. Trust our recommendations for ingredients to include and how effective they will be in your skin type to get the optimum results.
Active Ingredients And Expiry Date
Even once we know what ingredients will contribute to the health of your skin, we check the active ingredients shown on the label of the product we are recommending. All the ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration, and as is the general rule, the top five components should be your focus as it amounts to 80% of the entire mixture. We’ll help you ensure the ingredients you are looking for are in the top five.
And when you are checking the list of active ingredients, you can quickly scan through to find the expiration date. Some products expire 12, 24, or 36 months after opening the bottle, and we’ll help you keep a check on the expiration dates.
Steer Clear From These Ingredients
You’ll quickly learn about what ingredients to look for when you consider a face scrub, cleanser, or night cream through our process. But what about the ingredients you should avoid?
Paraben (a preservative), fragrances, perfumes, formaldehyde, and sulfates are some of the ingredients you might find in the beauty products at a shopping mall beauty outlet, but these will not be found in the skincare products we provide or recommend.
The Importance of a Patch Test
Regardless of the products you choose, it’s vital that you don’t ever compromise on a patch test. For every product recommended by Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, we’ll do a patch test even before we get to see how effective it will be in the long term. If it irritates your skin or ends up clogging the pores, it is not for you. Simple as that!
At the Very Least Do This
These days, many men and women follow a skincare routine as part of their daily regime. At the very least, follow the simple, well known three-step skincare routine – cleanse, tone, and moisturize:
- Cleansing your skin is a crucial first step in your skincare, and you should look for a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
- Next comes toning, where you balance out your skin. While toners may differ depending on your skin type, it’s the ingredients that bring out that radiance in your face.
- Last but certainly not least is moisturizing. As the most essential step in your skincare regime, this helps hydrate and soften the skin. It is recommended by dermatologists year-round and for all skin types.
You’re committed to having healthy skin, and these are the essential daily requirements. Once you start investing time, money, and effort in selecting and using all the best, most appropriate products for your skin, the long-term results will help you obtain and maintain that unique skin the way you have always wanted.
Learn all about your personalized skincare plan at Ann Arbor, MI, with Skin Type Solutions when you meet with a provider to create your personalized skincare regimen.
Designed with the infinite differences in human skin in mind and covering almost every skin type on the spectrum, this advanced system works beautifully for most of our patients.