I frequently have patients and friends ask what I am using on my skin. I tend to change things up every few months while sticking to my “recipe” of antioxidants, sunscreen and something to increase cellular turnover. I am currently LOVING my new routine as I am seeing results. I battle hyperpigmentation, mild redness and an occasional breakout. The kind of breakouts women in their forties have, cystic blemishes, around the chin mostly.
Currently my morning routine includes cleansing with a 1% Glycolic cleanser with my Clarisonic brush in the shower. (AGE management systems cleanser) The cleanser is a line we carry at Toccare in 3 strengths. 1%, 8% and 12%. A glycolic cleanser helps minimize congestion/decrease acne and helps brighten skin. The goal is to work up in strength as tolerated. When I get out of the shower I dry my skin and apply my CE Ferulic (my antioxidant, SkinCeuticals) and let that absorb before my next step. I have recently introduced Metacell Renewal B3, also from SkinCeuticals. This is a emulsifier/hydrator which has 5% niacinamide and a tri-peptide concentrate that helps promote collagen and elastin. The niacinamide increases cellular turnover and minimizes redness. I think this is the product that I have introduced which is giving me improved results. It feels “active” (mild tingling) when I apply it and I have seen some mild flaking . A few pesky brown spots are fading and my overall skin tone is improved. ( less redness, smoother) Once that has absorbed, which happens quickly, I apply my sunscreen. I have several sunscreens in rotation right now. Elta Md Daily SPF 40 (9% Zinc and 7.5% Octinoxate) and SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (5% Zinc and 6% Titanium). Both are excellent broad spectrum every day sunscreens. Rain or Shine, I do not leave the house without sunscreen.
In the evenings I cleanse with the same AGE management systems cleanser. I frequently also use my Jane Iredale Magic Mitt to remove my makeup. It really is magic. It even EASILY removes stubborn eye products. I usually throw it in with a load of wash twice a week and have been using it for several years. (no more disposable makeup remover wipes) Once my skin is dry I apply SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E antioxidant night concentrate. This is also a newer product to my routine. I have been on board with antioxidants for years during the day so now I have more free radical fighting at night! I finish with another pump of the Metacell Renewal B3.
I am currently only using my retinoid to spot treat blemishes as needed. I am finding the Metacell Renewal B3 is providing enough cellular turnover that I am backing off the retinols/retinoids at the moment.