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As Zein Obagi MD says:


Q: I used to get by with only 3 steps (cleanse, tone, moisturize), but have been advised to start using products for hyper-pigmentation. While I have seen some results, it is a lot of steps, and I wonder if all this layering is actually good for my skin. Can you recommend a line with fewer steps?
KD, Waller, TX

A: Oops. You want us to recommend FEWER steps, and we’re going to recommend MORE steps! Unfortunately, doing as you ask would not necessarily be doing you (or your skin) any favors.

Some day there may be one product that cleanses, tones, activates, stimulates, moisturizes, and protects. But not soon. Just look how long it has taken companies like Revlon and P&G to develop a single product that both shampoos and conditions—even though a shampoo/conditioner has been on the market for 20+ years, it has never caught on in the US, partially because of the difficulty of combining the raw materials and active ingredients, partially because it’s not as efficient at either cleansing or conditioning.

The same is true with skincare products. If we combined too many active ingredients, one would invariably de-activate or de-stabilize another. Plus there can’t be one generic skincare product, because there isn’t one generic skin type. People’s needs are different.

There are several things wrong with the regimen you mention.

  1. You’re missing what dermatologists consider to be the most important step—sunscreen. It’s critical for both younger-looking  as well as healthier skin.
  2. To avoid pigmentation issues, elasticity problems, lines, and wrinkles, you need to stimulate the skin cells. For this you need active Vitamin A (like retinol), and peptides, growth factors, and anti-oxidants (like C&E).
  3. Using a moisturizer, while excluding some of  these other ingredients, will make your skin cells lazy and function  improperly. Don’t make that mistake!

Not to worry about too much layering—your skin will appreciate the attention that it gets. Just make sure to apply the products in the right order, from lightest to heaviest, so that they can be absorbed properly.


Author: Bindy's (Bindy's LLC)

About Bindy Besides running her own business out of her home with HER FAVORITE THINGS like LipSense and Norwex she is a 25 year experienced WA State Master Aesthetician and Medical Skin Care Specialist whose interest in skin care was borne out of being teased about her own freckles as a child and acne as a teen. Since working with Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons besides operating her own Skin and Natural Nail Care business Bindy understands the importance to meet the needs of every patient and loves making people look better and feel better about themselves. Her passion, knowledge, and gentle approach keep her patients coming back for treatments and advice. She enjoys using new and updated technologies, such as laser skin treatments, and products to treat her patient’s medical skin concerns. She is always pursuing knowledge and training to better help her patients. Her goal is to continue working at the leading edge of cosmetic medicine. Announcement: I am pleased to let you know of my position with Dermatology Specialists of Spokane. I am a WA state licensed Master Aesthetician working in their Laser and Cosmetic Center Tuesday through Friday. You can continue to expect the same commitment and dedication that I have shown for the past 25 years with the additional support of a practice that provides professional care within a comfortable private setting with services. Check us out at: Bindy uses and has sold LipSense for 15 years! Recently Bindy has become certified with SeneGence as one of their "CERTIFIED SENEBLENDS MAKEUP ARTISTS" Be sure to request a Seneblend make-over with her also using LipSense!

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