Just in time for the holiday season, Dr. Tareen has put together a list of her “skin care musts” for anyone wanting to keep their skin looking healthy and youthful. Here are Minnesota dermatologist Dr. Mohiba Tareen’s top skin care recommendations for 2012:
- Retinoid: If you were to start using only one skin care product, this would be Dr. Tareen’s recommendation. Retinoids work by stimulating enhanced collagen production in the skin (in addition to clearing up persistent acne and lightening dark spots!) Improved collagen production in the skin not only prevents fine lines from forming in the future, but it improves the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. Visit your dermatologist to receive a prescription-strength retinoid.
- Vitamin C&E Renewal Serum: Vitamins C and E in this serum are potent antioxidants, which prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin and can brighten dull skin. Dr. Tareen recommends applying this serum once daily for maximum benefit.
- Sunscreen: Even during the winter months, sunscreen is an important part of your skin care regimen. Regular use of sunscreen prevents against premature aging and decreases sun damage that can lead to the development of skin cancers.
- Saturday Night Brightening Pads: Even though this skin care product is used only once a week, it can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin. The combination of azeleic acid, phytic acid, and lactic acid lightens dark spots on the skin, brightens dull skin, and improves the texture of your skin. The Saturday Night Brightening Pads act as an “at-home chemical peel” to get your skin ready for the new year!