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One of the main questions we get from clients is what they should be using at home for a skincare routine. The easiest way to remember what you need in your regimen and to cover all the bases is by using Grass. Grass consists of using a growth factor, retinol, antioxidant, specialty treatment, and sunscreen. Below is a breakdown of all the grass components, what they do and when to use them.
Growth Factor- Growth factors help build collagen in the skin. They reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as enhance the skins tone and texture. This product is applied morning and night after cleansing.
Retinol- Retinols are used in the evening following growth factors. Retinols will enhance skin cell turnover and help remove dead skin. Over time retinols will diminish fine lines and coarse wrinkles as well as smooth the skins texture and enhance the tone. SkinMedica has a great Retinol available in 3 strengths.
Antioxidants- Antioxidants are applied in the morning following your growth factor. Antioxidants help combat the free-radical damage that is responsible for the visible and hidden signs of aging. They can also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage. Vitamin C is one of the most popular antioxidants it works great for treating wrinkles, dullness, and brown spots.
Specialty Products- Specialty products are going to be tailored to your specific needs based on your skin type and condition. Whether it be a treatment for acne, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, redness, etc. Specialty products can be worked into your regimen day or night.
Sunscreen- Sunscreen is a must for protecting your skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be the last product applied in the morning before makeup. One of my favorite sunscreens is the new Total Defense + Repair from SkinMedica. This is a tinted sunscreen/moisturizer combo with an SPF of 34. It’s great for someone looking to condense products and steps.
Jessica Murdock, LE