Boosters by Save Your Face: Blue Booster and Weekly Exfoliation Pads
Hello, and welcome to the next installment of our Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series featuring our booster products. The Save Your Face Booster Treatments are the best medical skin care products to enhance and maximize the effectiveness of your daily skin care routine. These products are designed to be used in combination with the Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Program that I have discussed previously. Please see the links below for the steps covered so far.
- Eye Cream
- Correct: Retinol
- Moisturize (AM)
- Exfoliate (PM): Retinol
- Protect: Antioxidants,Sunscreen
Our two booster products are our most popular medical skin care products with our patients of all ages. I will first discuss our customizable Blue Booster treatment, an exfoliating alternative to Retin-A. This product can also correct Hyperpigmentation, a common sign of facial aging. Second, I will discuss our Weekly Exfoliation Pads which also enhance the exfoliate step of your regimen. However the Booster products are to be used in a different manner than the previously discussed retinols.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation, the appearance of excess pigment or brown spots on the skin, is a common sign of skin inflammation and facial aging. Hyperpigmentation is caused by Ultraviolet (UV) sun damage to our skin. These dark patches on the skin are deposits of excess melanin, a pigment produced by melanocytes in the skin. When our epithelial skin cells are damaged by UV radiation the melanocytes produce melanin to act as a natural sunscreen to block the penetration of the harmful UV rays into the skin. With aging this excess pigment appears as permanent brown spots called lentigines which are also known as sunspots, age spots, liver spots, and freckles. These deposits of excess melanin are caused by overactive melanocytes that produce more melanin than is needed in response to UV induced inflammation or sunburn. These sunspots can be permanent and disrupt an otherwise clear and young looking complexion.
There are many effective treatments to correct hyperpigmentation. However, protection with sunscreen and sun avoidance are the best alternatives.
IPL and Laser resurfacing can effectively remove hyperpigmentation but are expensive and can require down time. High quality topical medical skin care products can be very effective at controlling hyperpigmentation and can help you avoid more aggressive treatment options. I developed the Save Your Face Blue Booster to correct hyperpigmentation and help you avoid more aggressive treatment.
Save Your Face Customized Blue Booster
Our Blue Booster is the combination of our very popular glycolic acid-based Brighten+ Advanced Skin Brightening Cream with our custom compounding agents. This compounding process creates a treatment as effective as Retin-A but does not require a prescription. This custom compounding is performed by our Medical Aesthetician, who adds either Arbutase or Retinol in custom concentrations for the specific requirements of your unique facial skin. The final product is an intensive skincare treatment designed to reduce hyperpigmentation on your facial skin. Due to the customized nature of this product, treatment instructions are determined by our Medical Aesthetician under the direction of a physician, and are unique for each patient.
Save Your Face Weekly Exfoliating Pads
I formulated these exfoliating pads to be a weekly treatment to boost the cell turn over rate of your skin, remove dead skin cells, and promote new healthy skin growth. These powerful exfoliating pads feature 3 effective acids: 10% glycolic acid, 10% lactic acid, and 5% salicylic acid which will strip away dead skin and leave your face looking fresh and glowing.
How to Apply Save Your Face Weekly Exfoliating Pads
These powerful exfoliating pads should be applied once a week at night after cleansing and toning in place of your regular antioxidant or retinol step. This treatment may be applied to your face, arms, décolletage and legs and should be left on skin for approximately 10 minutes and then rinsed off. The duration of the treatment is very important. Weekly Exfoliation Pads are a powerful exfoliant and your skin will have to adjust to exposure to these chemicals or skin irritation may occur. Over time, your skin will develop tolerance to the Weekly Exfoliating Pads. You will find that you can increase the duration of the treatment gradually to 30 minutes, an hour, several hours, and eventually leave the treatment on over night. Be sure to follow the instructions given to you by the Medical Aesthetician.
To learn more about Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products and our Nurture and Restore lines please visit my Save Your Face Webstore. Please download my Free E-Book to learn about my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, promotions and free product giveaways.
Thank you very much for following our Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series by Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists. I hope that it has been informative and has helped you care for and protect your skin. Stay tuned for further blogs on our on Aesthetician services and the best, most up to date medically based non surgical methods to help you Save Your Face!
Dr. Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
Moisturizers by Save Your Face: Hyaluronic Creme and Moisture Boost
Welcome to this weeks installment of Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series featuring our newest additions to the line: Moisturizers. Up until now, we have covered an array of medical skin products that fit into your daily skincare regimen, let us review these steps:
- Eye Cream
- Correct: Retinol
- Moisturize (AM)
- Exfoliate (PM): Retinol
- Protect: Antioxidants,Sunscreen
Moisturizing is an essential step in your antiaging facial skin care program. Medical-grade moisturizers prevent the harmful skin damaging effects of dryness that can be caused by the environment and exfoliative skin care products. Daily use of the best moisturizer can keep your skin feeling and looking smooth and healthy after your morning cleansing, and toning steps.
Why use moisturizers?
The skin cells on the surface of your face, the epidermis, are constantly exposed to damaging conditions such as UV radiation, winter cold, and low humidity during the heating season. These factors can strip the moisture from your skin cells. Loss of skin moisture can leave your skin feeling dry and rough and can cause the skin to flake. In addition to environmental factors, the products you put on your skin may also contain agents that may cause dryness or irritation. This occurs when the lipids or skin oils are removed from your skin when you exfoliate, cleanse and tone, which can leave your skin vulnerable to dehydration caused by environmental irritants.
How do I pick a moisturizer?
How susceptible you are to dry skin depends on your skin type, geographic location, and heredity.
There are many types of moisturizing lotions and cremes available on the market which can be very effective for use on your hands and body. However your facial skin requires a different type of chemical moisturizer specifically designed to rehydrate, restore and protect your vulnerable facial skin. In my opinion medical grade moisturizers that contain Hyaluronic Acid are the best.
The most important component of our skin responsible for moisture content in the skin is Hyaluronic Acid. About 50% of the Hyaluronic Acid in your body is actually in your skin. Hyaluronic Acid also lubricates our joints and is the liquid component of our eyes. Hyaluronic Acid is also a very effective skin moisturizer. Hyaluronic Acid also acts as a restorative agent in many body tissues. Hyaluronic Acid has many medical applications including relieving joint pain and even cosmetic use in injectable fillers. When applied to the surface of your face Hyaluronic Acid is an excellent moisturizer and can help reduce the appearance of photoaging (UV damage).
How do I use a Moisturizer?
Application of our moisturizing products is simple! After cleansing and toning, apply generously to your facial skin and neck and allow to absorb into the skin. For optimal results, apply twice daily.
Save Your Face Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizers
When formulating our two new moisturizers, I wanted to make sure that we offered the best facial moisturizers available. It was important to create moisturizers that not only hydrate the skin but also help repair damaged facial skin. I also wanted products that were specifically prepared for different skin types and different ages. To accomplish this we offer two Hyaluronic Acid based moisturizing products.
Hyaluronic Moisture Boost
Our Hyaluronic Moisture Boost is designed to enhance the moisture in young skin that is oily, dry or acne prone. Hyaluronic Moisture Boost contains Glycosaminoglycans and Sodium chondroitin sulfate which have been clinically shown to protect the skin against UV sun damage. Hyaluronic Moisture Boost also contains multiple peptides to help further reduce the symptoms of photoaging. All of these ingredients are combined in a gentle serum, which is oil, fragrance, alcohol, dye, and paraben free and thus ideal for sensitive skin types.
Hyaluronic Creme with Vitamin B5
Our Hyaluronic Creme is a rich creme which acts to soothe, moisturize and improve the appearance of more mature facial skin. Hyaluronic Creme features a 5% Niacinamide (a form Vitamin of B5) which is effective in reducing signs of photoaging. This enhanced formula contains a combination of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol to help enhance the skin’s natural barrier function to prevent moisture loss and protect the skin. Lastly, we included a blend of soothing anti-inflamatory agents including: Bisabolol, Allantoin, and Glycyrrhetinic acid. Hyaluronic Creme is also free of parabens, dyes, alcohol and fragrances, making it suitable for all types of skin, even those who are prone to irritation.
Combination Therapy for Very Dry Skin
For patients who have extremely dry skin Hyaluronic Moisture Boost and Hyaluronic Crème with Vitamin B5 can be used in combination for best moisturizing results. Simply apply the Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum first followed by Hyaluronic Crème with Vitamin B5.
To learn more about Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products contact our office directly. Please download my Free E-Book to learn about my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, promotions and free product giveaways. Coming up next in our Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series: Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Boosters.
Sunscreen by Save Your Face Medical Skincare Products
Happy New Year, and welcome to this weeks Save Your Face Product Spotlight. This week I am focusing on the most important product to protect your face from premature facial aging: sunscreen. Although it may seem obvious, sunscreen falls under the Protect step of your daily skin care regimen. Our Save Your Face Sunscreen is one of the best sunscreens available. Before continuing, let us first review the steps we have covered in the previous weeks.
Protection from the skin damaging effects of the sun is the most important step you can take to prevent facial skin aging. In addition to avoiding sun exposure, the use of a high quality, effective sunscreen is an essential component of your anti-aging skin care program.
How does the sun damage my skin?
The sun exposes your skin to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation damages your skin cells, decreases their life span, and even alters skin cell DNA. DNA damage not only causes premature aging but can also cause skin cancer. UV radiation denatures the Collagen and Elastin in your facial skin. Collagen and Elastin are responsible for the firm, plump and elastic nature of young skin. Excessive UV induced premature skin death and loss of Elastin and Collagen will result in a dull, often wrinkled skin appearance with sunspots (hyperpigmentation) all of which make the facial skin appear prematurely aged.
To better understand the effects of sun exposure compare the skin on your face to the skin on your underarm which is less exposed to the sun. The difference in softness, elasticity, and pigmentation is usually dramatic.
Sun Tans and Sunburns
Especially during the summer months in New England we often intentionally expose ourselves to the sun to develop a sun tan. Our skin attempts to protect our skin from the sun by forming additional skin pigment in an attempt to block the UV radiation from the sun. This pigment is called Melanin and is produced by specialized skin cells called Melanocytes. The effect of excessive UV radiation on the Melanocytes is to produce more of the pigment or Melanin which results in tanning, sun spots and freckles. However, this excess sun exposure also damages the skin cells and causes aging changes.
Tanning beds expose your skin to concentrated UV radiation and are very damaging to your skin. Tanning beds can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Severe overexpose to UV radiation can result in a sunburn which is an acute burn in which your skin cells are damaged resulting in inflammation, redness and blisters. This intense injury is very damaging to your skin and can cause premature aging changes.
How do sunscreens work to protect the skin?
Modern, effective sunscreens contain metallic ingredients that reflect the Ultraviolet rays away from your skin to minimize the amount of radiation absorbed (source: livescience.) Sunscreens do not reflect all UV radiation thus your skin still does absorb some UV rays. The absorbed UV rays can still cause a suntan while wearing sunscreen, but you can avoid a sunburn.
How often should I apply sunscreen?
Sunscreens are available in different strengths classified by the SPF system. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number is a theoretical multiple for the amount of time you can be in the sun longer than you could be without protection. For example, SPF 15 means 15x, SPF 30 means 30x. This number will vary depending on your skin type, but redness typically begins to appear in unprotected skin after 20-30 minutes of sun exposure. For example, if you begin to develop skin irritation after 20 minutes without sun screen, and you apply an SPF 15 sunscreen, you theoretically can be in the sun for for 300 minutes before your skin suffers the full extent of UV damage. This means you should reapply your sunscreen before 300 minutes has lapsed. Of course swimming and sweating depletes the sunscreen on your skin. Thus you should reapply your sunscreen after swimming or exercise.
UV radiation from the sun occurs all the time, regardless of season or time of year.
UV radiation from the sun affects your skin even in winter. Thus it is important that you protect your skin with sunblock every morning before you leave the house regardless of the time of year. During the colder months or when you are inside most of the day, it may not be necessary to reapply to your skin as often. However year round protection of your exposed skin, especially your face and hands, with sunscreen is very important.
Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Sunscreen
I designed our sunscreen to be the best sun block protection available for your face. Save Your Face Sunscreen is a water resistant SPF 30 formula that provides both physical protection, and chemical moisturizers to protect and nourish your skin. Our sunscreen contains 4% titanium, 4% zinc, and 5% octinoxate which are highly effective physical protectants to reflect UV rays off of your skin surface. A moisturizing blend of ferulic acid ester, melanin, vitamins C and E soothe your skin, as well as help your body repair skin cells that are damaged by UV damage. Our sunscreen is delivered to your skin in a smooth, non-greasy, tinted state, which also reduces the appearance of your pores, and even acts as a great foundation to put makeup over!
Since the SPF number is a theoretical representation of the multiple of time you can expose your skin to the sun before reapplying, I recommend my patients to reapply Save Your Face Sunscreen every 3 Hours to maintain maximum effectiveness of its protection.
To learn more about Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products please visit my Save Your Face Webstore, for more information about our Nurture and Restore lines. Please download my Free E-Book to learn about my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, promotions and free product giveaways. Coming up next in our Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series: Moisturizers.
Dr. Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
Antioxidants by Save Your Face: Brighten and Foundation 2+
Welcome to this weeks installment of my Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series in which I will focus on antioxidants an important part of any anti-aging skin care program. Our antioxidant medical skin care products are best used in combination with retinols to maximize the effectiveness of your daily skin care routine. The links below review each step in your Daily Skin Care Regimen that we have already covered.
Antioxidant gels, creams and serums play an important roll in your skincare routine by protecting and restoring your skin from damage caused by harmful free radicals. Damage from these free radicals causes many aging changes in our face.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are molecules that are missing a valence electron, causing them to be highly reactive and unstable. Free radicals are produced in our bodies when the mitochondria in our cells are converting nutrients into energy, using oxygen. The mitochondria produce both stable and unstable molecules in this process. The unstable molecules (free radicals) move around looking for those missing electrons, often taking them from other stable molecules. When this occurs one free radical produces another free radical while stealing an electron from another stable molecule. This damages the cells, often causing a decreased cell life span or immediate cell death. Your body does have natural free radical inhibitors called free radical scavengers which require the presence of antioxidants to remove the free radicals. Free radical production is often increased by unhealthy lifestyle choices, including: processed foods, smoking, and drinking alcohol.(1)
How do I protect my skin from free radicals?
You can increase the effectiveness of your free radical scavengers by providing them with the resources they need to inhibit free radicals. The antioxidants used to combat cellular damage from free radicals include vitamins C and E, which are found in many antioxidant skincare products. The application of these antioxidant vitamins can help your body suppress free radical damage before cellular damage can damage your facial skin.
Save Your Face Antioxidant Skin Care helps protect your skin from harmful free radicals
Save Your Face Nurture: Brighten Antioxidant Gel
We designed our Save Your Face antioxidant products to provide the best antioxidant protection on the market. Our specially formulated Brighten Antioxidant Gel contains 15% lipid soluble non-acidic vitamin C, 1% vitamin E, and green tea antioxidant concentrate. This provides an excellent antioxidant formula which is delivered in a silky, lightweight gel form which glides on your skin and quickly absorbs. Brighten delivers vitamin C in a non-acidic state to prevent irritation, which is ideal for sensitive, or post-procedure skin.
Save Your Face Restore: Foundation 2+ Antioxidant Exfoliating Serum
Our Foundation 2+ Antioxidant Serum is a boosted version of our antioxidant gel, which makes it ideal for more mature skin. This fortified antioxidant serum features an encapsulated 1% salicylic acid which provides a gentile exfoliation to maximize the effectiveness of the other facial correction ingredients in our Foundation 2+ formula. Exfoliation also works to boost the effectiveness of the retinol used in your routine (alternating nightly with our antioxidant). Foundation 2+ also contains 21% vitamin C in a non-acidic form which is ideal for irritation-prone mature skin. Other antioxidants include vitamin E and kojic acid, which can improve facial skin health.
How do I use Antioxidants?
Both gel and serum antioxidant treatments should be applied directly to your facial skin after cleansing and toning. You should do this every other night alternating with Save Your Face Brighten or Foundation 1+ retinol. Alternating treatments jump starts the production of new skin cells and skin collagen, which can help your skin look bright and refreshed.
To learn more about Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products please visit our Save Your Face Webstore, for more information about our Nurture and Restore lines. Please download my Free E-Book to learn about my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, free product giveaways, and special promotions. Coming up next in our Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series: Sunblock.
Dr. Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
1.)Seckel, Dr. Brooke R. “Aging – Cellular Suicide!” Save Your Face. 2nd ed. Boston: Peach Publications, 2006. 33-41. Print.
Retinol by Save Your Face: Foundation Gel and Foundation 1+ Serum
In this week’s Save Your Face Product Spotlight I will be discussing the next type of product in our line up: Retinol. I have decided to feature this product next since it acts towards achieving the Correct step of your daily skin care regimen that we have been discussing over the past weeks. There is no one product that achieves the correction step. Rather several different products work together to achieve correction. We will begin with Retinol, which will act towards correcting and exfoliating your skin.
To review, lets look at the steps that should be covered in your Daily Skin Care Regimen, you will find links to the steps we have already covered below.
The Correct step is a multifaceted step which usually requires a specific product to correct the irregularities in the facial skin which differ from patient to patient. Some of these surface irregularities include: acne, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), fine wrinkles, dull skin and others. I designed the Save Your Face Medical Skin Care program to feature several products that act to correct many types of these facial changes that we see in the majority of our patients. We will begin with our two Retinols, which I believe to be the best available on the market: Foundation and Foundation 1+. These products act to Correct the appearance of fine lines, as well as Exfoliate the facial skin.
What does Retinol do?
Retinol is an over the counter chemical exfoliating agent commonly found in cream, gel, or serum forms. When it is applied to your skin, it interacts with the epithelial cells on your face to create retinoic acid which exfoliates the facial skin. This chemical exfoliation increases the cell turn over rate in your dermis, which promotes new skin cell growth, and acts to slow down collagen degradation. This exfoliation also stimulates new collagen production which thickens and slightly tightens facial skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Retinol is not to be confused with Retin-A, which is a prescription-only skin treatment that is much stronger than Retinol. Retin-A is a very effective treatment for collagen stimulation, as well as pigment removal, but can also be very irritating to those with sensitive skin. Typically I have my patients start using a Retinol before moving up to a Retin-A to develop a tolerance to the treatments effects.
Save Your Face Nurture: Foundation Retinol Gel
Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Nurture: Foundation Retinol Gel
As you may know by now, our Nurture line is designed for young skin types which have not or are just beginning to develop facial aging changes. Our Foundation Retinol Gel was designed to be the ultimate retinol gel for youthful skin. Our specially formulated Retinol gel contains micro-encapsulated vitamin A, which acts to improve cell turn over and refine pores. We included vitamins C and E, which help nourish your skin and boost collagen production. Foundation Retinol Gel contains no preservatives or alcohol, making it ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin. This gel has a very smooth texture and is non-greasy. <strong>Foundation 1+ Retinol Gel</h2> glides onto your skin feeling as if it almost melts into your face.There are two strengths available Foundation 20 (0.2% Retinol) and Foundation 50 (0.5% Retinol).
Save Your Face Restore: Foundation 1+ Retinol Serum
Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Restore: Foundation 1+ Retinol Serum
The Foundation 1+ Retinol Serum features the same benefits as our Nurture gel, however in a formula that is more gentle, suitable for those with mature skin. Our retinol serum contains no oil or irritating alcohol. It contains a special blend of vitamins A, C, and E to help promote cell turn over and stimulate collagen production. Since mature skin is prone to irritation and dryness, our serum features green tea extract and other moisturizing agents that soothe your facial skin. Foundation 1+ applies to the skin gently in the serum form going on smooth, without leaving a greasy residue. The Foundation 1+ Retinol Serum is also available in two strengths: 20 (0.2% Retinol) and 50 (0.5% Retinol).
How do I use Retinol?
Apply Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Retinol after cleansing and toning.
Both our retinol gel and serum should be applied directly to the facial skin at night after cleansing, toning, and applying eye cream. To be both effective and safe for your skin retinol should be used every other night, alternating with an antioxidant gel or serum.
To learn more about Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products please visit our Save Your Face Store, for more information about our Nurture and Restore lines. Please download my Free E-Book to learn about my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, Free Giveaways, and special promotions. Coming up next in our Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series: Antioxidants.
Dr. Brooke R Seckel MD, FACS
Eye Cream by Save Your Face: Bright Eyes+
Hello, and welcome to this week’s Save Your Face Product Spotlight, in which Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Seckel will discuss the next step that should be included in your daily skincare regimen: Eye Cream. To review, last week Dr. Seckel wrote about the benefits of using a toner twice daily to exfoliate and aid facial skin turn over. Let us also review the seven steps of a daily skin care routine:
While there are countless eye creams on the market available today, you should know that not all eye creams are created equal. There are many eye creams that are advertised to tighten eyelid skin, remove dark circles, puffiness or eye bags. These results are only truly possible through surgical procedures, not “magic creams”. There is simply no such thing as a “facelift in a jar” or a “liquid blepharoplasty”. Do not let this discourage you though. There are many necessary benefits to eye creams. In fact, our eye cream Bright Eyes+ is one of our best selling products, our patients love it!
What do Eye Creams do?
Your eyelids are composed of a very thin, delicate layer of skin, that is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face. It is because of this, a special, gentler exfoliation must be performed to avoid irritation and dryness. Truly effective eye creams, such as ours, gently exfoliate the eyelid skin, which acts to reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well as stimulate new skin turn over. Many eye creams on the market today are simply over marketed and overpriced moisturizers, with no added benefits to match the price tag. It should also be mentioned that eye creams are not necessary for everyone.
Should I use Eye Cream?
This is dependent upon your age and the condition of your eyelid skin. Eye Creams are not necessary for many younger patients who have not yet developed facial aging signs such as fine lines on the eyelids or crow’s feet. These changes typically begin to appear in your late twenties or early thirties and progress as you develop more mature skin. As skin matures, your eyelids are more prone to dryness and other irritation. Dr. Brooke Seckel would recommend that when you begin to see fine lines and or crow’s feet you start using an effective eye cream.
Save Your Face: Bright Eyes+ Eye Restorative Complex
Specially formulated Bright Eyes+ was designed to provide multiple benefits to your sensitive eyes. Our Eye Cream contains Lactic acid, which provides a gentle exfoliation to the eyelid and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. A special combination of multiple peptides, green tea extract, and other soothing agents is used to moisturize the skin. Finally, a blend of B, C, and E vitamins act to protect the skin to fight off further aging changes. This comprehensive eye cream acts to exfoliate, sooth, moisturize, nourish and protect your eyelid skin in one simple step.
How do I apply Eye Cream?
Bright Eyes+ Eye Restorative Complex should be applied twice daily (AM and PM) after cleansing and toning the facial skin. Simply apply generously to the eyelids and orbital area (eye socket). Be careful to not let the cream come in to contact with your eyeball. Allow Bright Eyes+to soak in to the skin, and you are done!
For more information on Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products please visit our Save Your Face Store, to learn more about our Nurture and Restore lines. Please download my Free E-Book to learn about my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, Free Giveaways, and special promotions. Coming up next in our Save Your Face Product Spotlight Series: Retinols.
Dr. Brooke R Seckel MD, FACS
Toners by Save Your Face: Renew and Revive+
Welcome to this weeks Save Your Face Product Spotlight. As you may recall, last week I discussed the benefits of using a cleanser in your daily skin care regimen. Lets review the seven steps every well-balanced skin care regimen should contain:
- Eye Cream
- Moisturize (AM)
- Exfoliate (PM)
Today we will be discussing the second step which follows cleanse: Tone. Toners are used to remove oil from deep within the pores of your skin, while gently exfoliating and brightening your facial skin appearance. There are countless toners available on the market today that are usually one of two types: toners containing alcohol and alcohol-free toner pads.
Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Toner Pads
Which type of Toner is right for me?
Toners use the alcohol as a way of removing dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Since alcohol is a solvent, it is able to penetrate into your pores and loosen up the oil and dirt that typically clog and make pores look larger. As a result, alcohol tends to dry out the facial skin and may irritate the faces of people with more sensitive skin types. For more mature facial skin, which is typically prone to dryness and more sensitive to irritants, it is best to use an alcohol-free toner.
Save Your Face Nurture: Renew Daily Toner Pads
We formulated our Nurture line’s Renew Daily Toner Pads to be the ultimate toner pad for younger facial skin. It contains glycolic and lactic acids, which assist cell turnover and regeneration. For deep cleaning and exfoliation, Renew contains salicylic acid as well as alcohol. Our specialty formula also contains oligopeptide 10, which acts as an effective anti-bacterial agent, which reduces acne. These toner pads are ideal for many types of skin including: acneic skin, combination skin, hyperpigmentated and sun damaged skin, oily and normal skin. Since this product does contain alcohol, I would recommend that patients who have sensitive skin or are prone to dryness use Revive+ Daily Toner Pads.
Save Your Face Restore: Revive+ Daily Toner Pads
Revive+ is an excellent toner for more mature, sensitive, or dryness prone skin types. Its alcohol-free formula provides a gentle cleanse which removes residual cleanser, as well as restores pH to optimal levels. These pads also contain several ingredients which gently exfoliate and smooth your skin to promote healthy skin cell turn over to leave your skin looking younger. To add a boost to our Revive+ Daily Toner Pads we included antioxidants, such as niacinamide and azelaic acid to help protect against and recover from free radical damage.
How do I use Toner Pads?
These might just be the easiest part of your daily regimen! After cleansing , simply take a Save Your Face toner pad and apply to your face in circular motions. Allow the treatment to soak into your skin and air dry, and you are done! I recommend that all my patients apply toners to their facial skin twice daily (AM and PM) after cleansing.
To learn more about Save Your Face Medical Skin Care and the Nurture and Restore lines please visit my Save Your Face Website. For more information on my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program please read my Free E-Book. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, Free Giveaways, and special promotions. The next blog in the product spotlight series will feature a very popular product, of which there are countless examples on the market: Eye Cream.
Dr. Brooke R Seckel MD, FACS
Cleansers by Save Your Face: Energize and Refresh+
In last week’s post, Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Seckel outlined the two product lines of my Save Your Face Medical Skincare brand: Nurture and Restore. This week he wants to help you understand how these products fit into your daily skin care routine. Following a consistent properly structured skin care routine is very important to prevent facial skin aging and reverse aging changes that have already occurred.
What Should my Medical Skin Care Regimen Include?
There are multiple steps that should be done daily to combat the signs of facial aging and protect your skin from further aging changes. A well-balanced daily skin care routine should contain 7 steps:
- Eye Cream
- Moisturize (AM)
- Exfoliate (PM)
Today, Dr. Brooke Seckel will be discussing the first step of this routine: Cleanse, for which there are two individual products in the Nurture and Restore lines.
Save Your Face Nurture: Energize Foaming Cleanser
Our Energize Foaming Cleanser was specifically designed to thoroughly cleanse without drying out your skin. This special foaming cleanser provides a rich lather which, when applied, gets down into your pores to remove oil and dirt. Our specialty formula contains lactic and salicylic acids, which provide excellent chemical exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and oil. Energize also contains green tea, which naturally soothes skin during the exfoliation process. This cleanser is effective on all types of skin, especially oily and acne-prone skin. One bottle of Energize Foaming Cleanser should last approximately 3 months.
Save Your Face Restore: Refresh+ Gentile Foaming Cleanser
The Refresh+ Gentile Foaming Cleanser was formulated to cleanse and moisturize mature skin, which typically is more sensitive to dryness. This cleanser’s rich lather contains lightweight hydrators including Evodiox, a naturally occurring redness-reducing agent found in the Chinese Evodia plant. Refresh is suitable for use on all types of skin, although it was designed to be a gentile cleanser fit for more sensitive mature skin. In addition to mature skin, this cleanser is ideal for people with sensitive skin, that is prone to redness, rosacea, or dryness from skin care products.
How do I apply Save Your Face Cleansers to my skin?
Cleansers should be the first step of your routine, and applied before any other products, as they prime the surface of your skin for any toner, antioxidant, or retinoid that you might use. Application is easy: Simply apply one half pump to wet hands, work into a lather, apply to dry face, then rinse. It is important to have dry facial skin prior to application. This makes sure the active ingredients do not become diluted before they have a chance to work. You will experience best results by applying cleanser to your face twice a day, once in the morning, and once at night.
For more information on Save Your Face Medical Skin Care and the Nurture and Restore lines please visit the Save Your Face Website. For more information on my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program please read my Free E-Book. Please follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date posts on these exciting new products, Free Giveaways, and special promotions. The next blog post in the series will cover the next step that should be in every skin care regimen: Toner.
Dr. Brooke R Seckel MD, FACS
Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products
Facial aging is, or should be, a concern for everyone. In my book “Save Your Face: The truth about facial aging, its prevention and cure” I provide a comprehensive explanation of the causes of facial aging, how to prevent it and a discussion of the modern non-surgical options to reverse aging changes.
One very important part of any program to prevent or reverse facial aging is the use of high quality, effective, medical grade skin care products. For many years I have been troubled by the lack of high quality skin care products that work together to provide optimal anti-aging therapy for the facial skin. After eight years of research, testing, trial and error I have developed a line of medical grade skin care products that I believe provide the best possible results for my patients.
What’s in a name?
I have named this brand Save Your Face because these products are custom formulated to work with, and enhance the steps outlined in my patented Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program®. This program is outlined in my book “Save Your Face.”
What is the Six Step Medical Skin Rejuvenation Program®?
Step 1- Exfoliation
Remove dead skin cells to stimulate new healthy skin cells for fresh, healthy young looking skin
Step 2- Stimulate new skin collagen
Replace sun damaged collagen to plump and firm skin
Step 3- Remove abnormal pigment and blood vessels
Remove brown spots and red spots, signs of inflammation, damage and aging
Step 4- Relax wrinkle causing muscles of facial expression
Frown lines, “11’s”, crow’s feet, bunny lines, marionette lines, chin crease and worry lines
Step 5- Fill deep facial lines and contour deformities
Restore facial volume, the “apple cheeks” of youth, lift the mid face and improve nasal labial folds and marionette lines
Step 6- Tighten skin
Restore elasticity and firm the facial skin
Each step of my program effectively treats the signs of aging that you see on your face and the program as a whole acts to restore and protect your facial skin.
Save Your Face Medical Skin Care Products
The Six Step Program utilizes many different modern medical skin care treatments available in my office. The Save Your Face skin care products are designed to work with and enhance the results of the Six Step Program. I wanted the Save Your Face products to be of benefit to both my younger and more mature patients. I have therefore developed two separate lines; one preventative and one therapeutic. Both are designed to complement and work in conjunction with the Six Step Medical Skin Care Program®.
Nurture: for young skin
The Nurture line is specifically designed for younger skin that does not have significant aging changes. Nurture includes several products that are formulated to address and reverse the early skin aging changes in younger skin. This program not only helps reverse the early signs of facial aging, but also acts to preserve and protect the skin from further damage.
Restore: for mature skin
The Restore line is a more advanced aggressive group of anti-aging skin care products. The Restore line is specifically designed to reverse more significant facial aging changes in mature skin that already has visible aging changes.
Both Nurture and Restore are multiple step comprehensive skin care lines, which easily fit your daily skin care routine.
Stay tuned for frequent Save Your Face product spotlights
Over the coming weeks, I will be writing posts to discuss each product. I will show how the product helps prevent or reverse signs of facial skin aging. I will also discuss how each individual product works to enhance the Six Step Program.
For more information on Save Your Face Medical Skin Care products and the Six Step Program, please visit Save Your Face, where you can download a free E-Book “Why Save Your Face?” or contact us with more questions.
Dr. Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS