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Ingredients and Strategies to Achieve Overall Skin Health

By: Jennifer Wild, DO
Posted: September 29, 2011, from the October 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Occlusives. These must be chosen carefully. Many ingredients can be effective occlusives, but create a thick, greasy or heavy feel. Petrolatum is one such ingredient. Look for silicones such as dimethicone, cyclomethicone and cyclopentasiloxane, which are occlusive agents that create a light, almost powdery finish. Plant-derived oils, such as borage, evening primrose, jojoba and rosehip seed, are not only compatible with human skin, but many also contain essential fatty acids (EFA) and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Niacinamide is unique in that it actually stimulates the production of the skin’s natural lipids while also providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Broad-spectrum UV protection. This is no longer a choice in maintaining overall skin health—it is a must. Every one of your clients should be educated on the importance of UV protection, regardless of age, skin type or condition. Many formulations are available now that are cosmetically elegant and provide complete broad-spectrum protection. You can also find UV-protecting products that are enhanced with antioxidants, melanogenesis inhibitors, matrix-building ingredients, and humectants and occlusives. With all of the options available today in SPF products, there is no excuse for clients to keep sunscreen out of their daily regimen.

Healthy skin on all levels

Everyone, regardless of age, color or skin type, wants to see healthy, glowing skin looking back at them in the mirror. As skin care professionals, you want to provide that for your clients. By taking a deeper look and understanding skin function from the inside out, you will be able to help your clients attain the skin health goals they desire at every level.

Jennifer Wild, DO, is board-certified in family practice and since 2004, she has pursued an active interest in esthetics and skin care, including dermal injections, lasers, professional skin care treatments and products. Her vast knowledge in both the medical and esthetic industries has allowed her to excel within the industry as an advanced educator for PCA Skin.