Skin Fitness: Why It’s Important to Change Up Your Routine

It’s easy to get into a rut with your gym routine, you do 15 minutes of this, 5 sets of that, clock in, clock out and you’re done for the day! Right? Wrong! By putting your routine on auto pilot, you’re actually keeping your results plateaued and you may find yourself frustrated that you aren’t seeing the benefits to your regular exercise! Just like your body adapts to the same routine and stops responding, the same is true with your skin! We’ve got to shock the system and regularly switch things up when it comes to our skincare and today, we’ll give you some examples of how we keep our patients skin performing (and looking!) it’s best!

Switch Up Your Products! One great example to keep your skin glowing, refreshed and challenged is to alternate every few months to several months between Retinol, Retin-A and the ZO® Skin Health Radical Night Repair. By switching between these three products, you are slightly modifying the active ingredients and intensity – which means your skin won’t have time to acclimate to any one retinol product and slow down on neutralizing free radicals. This helps your collagen and elastin production increase, leading to plumper skin with an improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and more!

Alternate Medical Grade Treatments! While you may notice that a lot of medical grade treatments go after the same signs of aging, many of them go about it in different ways! Adding in a series of a progressive medical grade skincare treatments like HALO™ and Morpheus8 will keep your skin on its toes and will keep it motivated to continually work towards your skin goals! While both HALO and Morpheus8 create micro injuries in the dermis calling for an increase in blood flow (and a subsequent increase in the production of collagen and elastin) – they go about it differently! HALO uses two different light wavelengths to target the upper and lower layers of the skin to address rosacea, small visible blood vessels, enlarged pores, lines and wrinkles, scars, and pigment issues like melasma, age spots, and freckles. On the other hand, Morpheus8 administers radio frequency energy deep into the tissue that generates heat, causing an immediate rush of collagen and elastin production. This results in dramatic improvement in lines and wrinkles, scarring, enlarged pores, rough skin texture, and sagging skin such as jowls. You’ll notice some overlap in the target skin concerns treated, but by alternating between these two treatments, your skin will see the comprehensive benefits of both lists without building up a tolerance to one or the other.

Don’t Commit Exclusively to One Exfoliant! No, we’re not talking about switching between St. Ives Apricot Scrub and the store brand (that should have never been in your cabinet in the first place!) We’re talking alternating between your monthly medical grade exfoliating treatment! We recommend our patients alternate between HydraFacial®s and ZO Stimulator peels. HydraFacials will gently resurface your skin with its patented cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, hydrating protocol, all the while leaving your skin protected with a boost of antioxidants. This will remove dead skin cells and impurities that leave your skin looking dull, to reveal the fresh new skin underneath! ZO Stimulator Peels work on the cellular level and utilize beta/alpha acids to stimulate cell turnover and slough away those dead skin cells and superficial blemishes which will give your skin a deep exfoliation leaving you with an amazing glow as well! Going about your skin resurfacing from different angles keeps your skin working – and yup, you guessed it – the key here is CONSISTENCY! By consistently alternating these treatments, your skin will have the constant stimulation it needs to create those beautiful and fresh healthy skin cells that leave us with radiant, smooth skin!

Just like a personal trainer will help you to challenge your body to achieve the weight loss, tone, and definition you want, the skin professionals at Skin Iowa, PC in West Des Moines do the same, but for your skin! Wondering the best routine to keep your skin guessing and your results the best they can be? Call us for a comprehensive skin consultation where we’ll take the time to hear your concerns, discuss your personal skin goals and get you on the path to a custom, rotating skin routine to keep your skin working! We can’t wait to get you started, call us to schedule today: 515-223-0119