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Are You Taking Care of Your Skin?

Given how convenient in-office treatments are, it’s tempting to try having a few “tweakments” to make yourself look younger at the first sign of wrinkles. Aesthetic procedures like BOTOX® and dermal fillers can significantly enhance the look of your skin, but it’s important to remember that you need to consistently keep up with a good, long-term skincare routine in order to maintain healthy skin and slow the effects of aging. If you aren’t taking care your skin throughout the rest of the year, the lack of attention can make the results of a cosmetic procedure less visible—and even undo them—which defeats the purpose and wastes your time, effort, and money.

After all, there’s no such thing as an instant fix. Every member of our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team, providing a range of options for cosmetic dermatology in Minneapolis, believes that cosmetic treatments should ideally be paired with a balanced, at-home skin care regimen and that patients should continue to give their skin plenty of attention between treatments.

Continue reading for some simple tips to incorporate when building your everyday skin routine.

Know Your Skin Type

You can observe your own skin in the mirror or have it assessed by a dermatologist to determine your skin type. There are several different types, including normal, combination, oily, dry, and sensitive. Being aware of your skin type allows you to choose the most compatible products.

Wash Your Face at Least Once a Day

The basic first step in any proper skincare routine is cleansing your face each day. If you only wash your face once, do it at night. During the daytime, oil, dirt, makeup, dead skin cells, and toxins accumulate on your skin. It’s crucial to wash it all off thoroughly with a cleanser that’s suited for your skin type.

Use Sunscreen Every Day

Sun damage is a primary cause of skin damage (in addition to chronological aging). So be sure to apply a high-SPF product. Even if it’s a cloudy or colder winter day, your skin can still be harmed by UV radiation.

Boost Your Skin

Include some topical antioxidant products like vitamin C creams or retinols, as they not only fend off damage from free radicals, but also undo existing skin damage.

For more advice on taking care of your skin, talk to our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team. Write us a message or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth).

What is the Juvéderm® Family of Fillers?

Ever wished you could make your wrinkles disappear? Sadly, you can’t wave a magic wand to get smooth skin, but fillers just might the next best option. Some wrinkles that form on your face and neck are depressions that occur when your skin loses a significant amount of the essential ingredients it needs to keep it healthy and supple. This loss can also be due to environmental damage.

Youthful skin contains large amounts of beneficial proteins, like collagen and elastin, along with water and fat that make it buoyant and smooth. Unfortunately, as you age, levels of all of these substances noticeably decrease, leaving you with thinner and drier skin. Fillers like Juvéderm ®, however, can help to correct this loss. Juvéderm ® is the name for a family of fillers that each have unique applications. If you’re thinking of trying out Juvéderm ®, our Minnesota-based team at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists can help you find the product that will be most effective for you.

Hyaluronic Acid

All Juvéderm ® products contain synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) as their active ingredient and have a smooth, malleable texture and a transparent appearance. The idea behind a filler treatment is to add a soft gel beneath the surface of the skin, where it acts as a “replacement” for the lost collagen. As a result, wrinkles become more shallow and the skin has a smoother, lifted appearance. This helps to reduce the signs of aging.

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule your body creates on its own. It has the ability to pull in water from the deeper layers of skin or surrounding atmosphere and trap it. This gives your skin a more hydrated and plump appearance. Here are some of the hyaluronic acid options available in the Juvéderm ® collection.

JUVÉDERM ® Ultra

Ultra plumps and reshapes lips, along with reducing perioral wrinkles. It also improves medium-depth wrinkles around the center and lower part of the face, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

JUVÉDERM ® Ultra Plus

Ultra Plus is a thicker filler with a slightly larger particle size when compared to Ultra. It works on deeper wrinkles than Ultra and is sometimes used for reducing depressions to re-contour the face.

JUVÉDERM ® Voluma

Voluma is used to lift and contour the cheek area by countering age-related midface volume loss.

Talk to our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team about your skin care goals and discover more about what you can achieve with Juvéderm ® and other fillers. Write us a message or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to get started.

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