The Main Nutrients Your Skin Needs
I’m a huge fan of keeping it simple when it comes to my skincare regime - a few key natural ingredients has done the world of a difference to getting my skin back into balance and ultimately, providing me with the confidence to finally feel GOOD about how my face looks. It was a long-time struggle, but I’ve finally made it to a happy place!
With that said, I’m also in my mid-twenties and want to act consciously and preventatively to ensure my skin serves me with beauty and radiance far into my 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond!
That’s why I was thrilled to interview Kathleen McDonald, the founder of Kate Nicole Inc., a lifestyle medicine clinic offering next-level procedures for optimizing YOUR best self - and that includes some pretty (no pun intended) amazing facial treatments.
As clients navigating the beauty world, Kathleen reminds us that we should always be looking for medical grade ingredients at therapeutic doses - often times these are only found in professional/dermatologic skin care lines have this - not necessarily in products you can get over the counter.
Ideally, your skincare should meet the 2 following criteria:
Clean Science (free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, mineral oils)
A targeted (or otherwise customized) treatment for YOUR skin conditions
As for specifics,
The main nutrients your skin needs are:
1. Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid because this ingredients not only acts as an antioxidant but also stimulates collagen synthesis. My game changing star is EverActive C&E plus peptide. With the addition of matryxl synths 6 it stimulates, collagen synthesis in 6 constituents of skin including our own Hyaluronic acid.
2. Vitamin A in the form of retinol. Retinol has been proven to stimulate our skin to produce new collagen and elastin. With microencapsulated technology it is a slow release (i.e. while sleeping) which will not irritate the skin.
3. Hyaluronic Acid is important because it keeps our skin firm, moist and plump. You can get it in a topical product as well as in an injectable procedure.
Two other products (rather than specific ingredients) Kathleen suggests to incorporate into your daily routine are:
1. Sunscreen that is broad spectrum and all physical with no chemical filters. AlumierMD has a good product with added antioxidants, moisturizing ingredients and broad spectrum protection.
2. Eye cream as the skin around the eyes is thinner and specifically requires an eye specialty product that reduces puffiness, dark circles and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. AluminEye won an award with Fashion Magazine for the best eye cream in 2017 in its category.
Also available to help regenerative processes are customized therapeutic peels.
“Facial peel treatments will regenerate the skin and allow for a better absorption of your skincare products.” Kathleen shares.
In terms of frequency, to start (and for correction), Kathleen recommends doing a peel every 3-4 weeks, ideally for 4-6 treatments, and then after that annual maintenance would be 3-4 treatments a year.
I’m certainly excited to dive into trying more of the restorative and preventative treatments offered at Kate Nicole Inc., and hope the above tips & tricks are valuable for you - with or without a clinic treatment!