In our last blog post, we discussed the ABC’s of skin care. In this blog post, we’ll continue to go over some of the important ingredients to look for when searching for the best skin care line available.
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THE DEF’S OF SKIN CARE
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D not only strengthens your bones, but it also is known for its antioxidant qualities. This helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles since it prevents free radicals from penetrating your skin.
- Dermis. Most of us are familiar with the term dermis. However, your dermis is a specific layer of your skin, not the whole skin itself. The dermis is the layer of skin below the top layer of your skin known as the epidermis. This layer of skin contains blood vessels, nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, collagen and elastin, which are the two substances microneedling is targeting.
- Elasticity. Elasticity is your skin’s ability to stretch and then return again to its normal state. This is crucial to our everyday lives. If this feature didn’t exist and our skin wasn’t so malleable, it would be impossible to have babies, grow, and heal from wounds where a chunk of your skin goes missing. Elasticity of the skin is something you will hear a lot about in the fight against aging because it is also this feature that causes our skin to collapse, creating those fine lines and wrinkles and sagging of the skin that none of us like. As we age, this process naturally occurs.
- Elastin. A protein in your skin that is responsible for its structure (the other being collagen). Elastin is the substance in your skin that gives it its elasticity characteristic. It is best described as stretching and then snapping back into place. Your skin naturally produces less elastin as you age. However, there are steps we can take, such as a microneedling procedure, that will boost our elastin output.
- Emollient. Emollients are very common skin care ingredients that soothe and soften the skin. Emollients are best known by their other name — moisturizers. These ingredients help to prevent dryness by adding water content to your skin and soothes irritated skin. Emollients are very similar in structure to the natural lipids found in every cell in your body. Thus, they are able to impact your skin’s cells, leaving your skin’s cells healthier.
- Epidermis. The epidermis is the outer layer of your skin that is exposed to the environment and whose main job is protection. The epidermis is also charged with helping to regulate our body’s temperature by releasing water as sweat to cool us down. The epidermis also creates our skin tone.
- Exfoliant. A crucial part of your skin care, an exfoliant can refer to either an ingredient in skin care products or a device. Its job is to help scrub off the dead skin cells that cling to healthy skin cells, which will then stimulate cell turnover. When the dead skin cells are eradicated from your skin (at least as much as you can eradicate millions of tiny cells), you’ll see an improved skin texture, tone and radiance.
- Follicle. A follicle is the opening in our skin from which a single hair grows. We have hair follicles all over our bodies in order to keep us warm and to aid in cooling us down as well. Follicles is a common area where acne can form from clogged pores.
- Free radicals. A radical is an unpaired atom, molecule, or ion with an unpaired electron. Since it is not paired with a proton, it floats around and can cause damage to our skin and bodies because it is highly reactive. Free radicals affect collagen, destroying it, which causes sagging skin, illness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Oxidative stress is when oxygen molecules split and turn into free radicals. Searching for atoms to bond with, they cause damage to the body by stealing atoms from stable atoms, which damages those atoms and cells. As you age, your body can’t fight free radicals as well, which results in the distinguishing signs of aging.
We’ve learned a lot about what our skin is made from and about what can damage the body. When we talk about fighting the signs of aging, we’re talking about targeting elastin to be stronger and fighting the damage done by free radicals to the dermis. Emollients and exfoliants are important to your skin care routine to help both prevent and reverse the signs of aging.
Microneedling targets the elastin in your skin to repair the damage free radicals have done. What is microneedling? Micro-needling is a process whereby tiny needles are inserted into the treatment area that cause a micro injury to your dermis. Recognizing you’re “hurt”, your dermis is kicked into gear to repair itself. It repairs itself by producing collagen and elastin to shore up the hurt area and make it stronger. This pushes the skin out, thus helping to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Fibroblasts are the name for your cells that you’ll find in the dermis, which is what synthesizes collagen and elastin.
HOW MDPEN FIGHTS FREE RADICALS
The benefits of microneedling are impressive in the fight against free radicals and damaged skin. MDPen is a leader in microneedling pens that help to treat not only signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, but also numerous other skin care conditions, such as hair loss, acne scarring, stretch marks, and skin discolorations.
MDPen provides a network of support to micro-needling practitioners so they can better administer this life-changing treatment to you. We offer micro-needling marketing materials that feature microneedling before and after cases to use in your practice. We also offer microneedling training courses in order to be certified to bring microneedling to your aesthetician practice, day spa, or clinic. And we offer our own high-grade skin care products, which are the best products to use after microneedling that will enhance the benefits of micro-needling and continue to do so as long as you use the products. From our Tighten + Lift Serum to our Copper + HA Mist, MDPen has got the whole spectrum of your skin care needs covered. Recently, we’ve created MDPen Organic Lip Balm with SPF 30 UV protection. Lips, like your nose, stick out from your face, causing them to be chapped, irritated, and exposed to the sun more so than other parts of your face. This new addition to our skin care line is sure to be a hit with all of your aesthetician patients alike.
Free radicals, along with the sun’s powerful UV rays, inflict the most damage to your skin. When you partner with MDPen to bring these amazing non invasive skin care treatment of microneedling to your practice, your patients will begin to see a whole new person. Contact us today to get started!