- May 13, 2017
- By Marie Bertrand
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Women and men visit our clinic everyday for their personalized 1-hour skin consultation, asking the same basic question:
“I want to know what the best products are for MY skin, so I can prevent aging and have the best, healthiest skin I can, for as long as I can.”
SkinScience was founded over 10 years ago, in order to educate people on healthy skin and how to choose the best products according to their skin concerns, budget and lifestyle. While we’ve rarely designed the same routine twice for our patients (believe it or not!), we always make sure that the regimens include science-based ingredients that have been well researched, and follow the GRASS regimen.
GRASS is an acronym that can help identify the skin ingredients you need for optimal skin health. It stands for Growth Factors, Retinoids, Antioxidants, Specialized Products and Sunscreen. Let’s analyze them and see why they are so important for a balanced topical approach to skin health.
GRASS = GROWTH FACTORS (GFs)
Growth factors are found naturally in the skin, and are responsible for overall cell health. Depending on the blend of growth factors found in a product, they can help thicken the epidermis (EGF – epidermal growth factors) and produce more fibroblasts (FGF – fibroblast growth factors) that will in turn thicken the dermis by signalling the cells to produce collagen, elastin and other structural proteins composing the dermis.
By thickening the skin with growth factors, we see an overall rejuvenation of the skin in terms of improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity and tightening.
Marie’s Growth Factor Product Recommendation:
NeoCutis BioGel BioRestorative Hydrogel (oil-free serum for all skin types)
GRASS = RETINOIDS (VITAMIN A)
Ask any dermatologist, and they will tell you that the daily topical use of Vitamin A is one of the best habit you can have for overall skin health. It helps support reversal of sun damage, improvement of the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles, pore size and overall skin texture. Plus, it’s great for acne too!
Vitamin A in the form of retinol is one of the best forms of Vitamin A to use on the skin, as it is less irritating than its prescription counterparts. (RetinA, Renova, Tazorac, Differin).
At SkinScience, we love retinol! It helps improve skin smoothness, evens out discolorations, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and helps reduce oil production with long term use.
Marie’s Retinol Product Recommendation:
SkinTX 0.3% Retinol SR Facial Treatment (for all skin types)
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5% (for all skin types)
VivierSkin 1.0% Retinol Night Complex (for dry aging skin)
GRASS = ANTIOXIDANTS
When it comes to anti-aging ingredients, the research is clear: antioxidants are essentials, and a blend of many antioxidants is even better! Just like your diet needs a mix of beneficial nutrients, so does your skin. Antioxidants help fight the elements responsible for the visible signs of aging (ie. free radicals caused by UV rays, pollution, smoking, and other less than desirable lifestyle choices) and also help calm the skin and inflammation to support a more youthful skin.
Marie’s Antioxidant Product Recommendations:
VivierSkin KineC Serum (for normal to combination skin)
VivierSkin CE Peptides Serum (for normal to dry skin)
GRASS = SPECIALIZED PRODUCTS
The specialized product category includes products that are specifically customizable to each person, as everybody ages differently. You can pick and choose based on the symptoms you see.
Marie’s Specialized Products Recommendations:
Need exfoliation to improve texture, radiance and evenness? Need to unclog pores?
SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator (exfoliation for sensitive skin)
SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Defense Serum (exfoliation for non-sensitive, resistant skin)
Need to improve the appearance of brown spots and blotchiness?
VivierSkin Seequin 4 IDS Serum (hydroquinone lightening for normal to dry skin)
VivierSkin Radiance Serum (non-hydroquinone lightening for non-acne prone skin)
Need to improve hydration and moisture?
DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum (for all skin types)
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (for all skin types)
Need to reduce the appearance of redness?
DermaQuest Niacinamide Youth Serum (for all skin types)
VivierSkin Lexxel Redness Relief Cream (for all skin types)
GRASS = SUNSCREENS
At SkinScience, we LOVE multitasking moisturizing sunscreens! Imagine a moisturizer that contains sun protection, lots of antioxidants (green tea, aloe, vitamin E, algae extract, …), anti-aging ingredients (peptides, vitamin C, …) while repairing the skin short and long term… the ideal urban sunscreen for everyday use! (yes, it actually exists)
Marie’s Sun Protection Product Recommendations (please call to order as IMAGE does not allow online sales from its authorized vendors)
IMAGE Prevention+ Daily Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 (for all skin types)
IMAGE Prevention+ Matte Moisturizer SPF32 (for combination, oily and acne-prone skin)
IMAGE Prevention+ Hydrating Moisturizer SPF30 (for normal to dry skin)
Feel free to contact us to book your skin consultation – with over 250 skin care products at the clinic, we will build the PERFECT customized skin care regime for YOU (while working with what you already have, of course!)
Wishing you a lifetime of healthy-looking skin, with a GRASS skin care routine!