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Cathy’s Tips on Getting the Most from Your Products

Following these tips by our fantastic esthetician, Cathy, will no doubt result in glowing, radiant skin! 



Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Think of the surface of your skin—those dead cells—as a barrier. You have to remove the barrier for products to get in. Basic cleansers are great for removing dirt and oil, but to help increase absorption of your products, it helps to use an alpha-hydroxy cleanser, such as Glytone Mild Gel Wash or Cream Wash to chemically exfoliate. Or you can mechanically exfoliate with a scrub containing small, smooth particles, like SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub or by using a gentle buffing tool. I recommend the Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System for a deep clean. The Mia buffs your skin to a healthy glow, leaving your skin uber clean and allowing products to penetrate up to six times deeper.

Whatever goes on first penetrates best. So whether you’re fighting wrinkles, zits, or sun spots, the most active ingredients should be applied first. If you’re using two products for two different problems, apply one to freshly cleansed, bare skin in the morning and the other to bare skin at night. If you have multiple treatment products, layering is okay—just use the thinnest first. Smooth on other items in order of density, from thinnest (like an antioxidant serum) to thickest (moisturizer or night cream).

Damp skin acts like a sponge, quickly absorbing whatever comes its way. (Make sure skin is damp…not wet.) This rule applies to almost every product—especially products for the body. Increase absorption even more by washing your face with lukewarm water instead of cold. Warm water causes pores to dilate therefore letting more product in. The only caveat: if you have sensitive skin, you may need to let your skin fully dry!

Skinceuticals Micropeel: Dermaplane Blade + Solution

Dermaplaning is a gentle skin resurfacing procedure utilizing a special surgical blade to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. The removal not only allows for cell renewal, but also allows for better penetration of professional and home products, optimizing their results. As an added bonus, it also removes facial hair—a great procedure for patients wanting to remove lighter-colored facial hair or “peach fuzz,” which doesn’t respond to laser treatment. With absolutely no downtime and zero discomfort, this is one of my favorite treatments!

Serums are an important piece of the skin care puzzle and can help to transform your skin. Serums have the ability to penetrate more deeply into the layers of the skin where they deliver specific ingredients that have very explicit jobs. They are nice to layer under moisturizers. Looking for glowing skin? Try Obagi’s Professional-C Serum 15% to pump the skin full of antioxidants!

Obagi NuDerm SystemSunscreen and antioxidants were born to be married. As sunscreen blocks UV rays, antioxidants combat the free radicals, which leads to sun damage and wrinkles before they can do damage. If your SPF doesn’t include them, layer an antioxidant serum underneath. (Try SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex). Some other popular couples are retinoids and hydroquinone to treat hyperpigmentation and melasma (Obagi’s NuDerm System). They get out pigment in different ways and work best in conjunction. Knowing when to mix and match can be confusing, so feel free to check with us anytime!

It’s amazing what deep cleaning, infusion of powerful ingredients and a little relaxation can do. Have stubborn blackheads, milia or feeling a little dull? Come in for a facial today!


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About Dr. M + Team

Founded by Dr. Ashley Magovern, a board-certified dermatologist and South Bay native, Manhattan Dermatology offers the latest in general, cosmetic and pediatric dermatology services in a friendly, intimate environment. Our skilled, compassionate team delivers exceptional state-of-the-art care using the most advanced treatments and technologies, including laser services, Ultherapy ultrasound skin tightening, injectables such as Botox and Juvederm, liquid face lifts, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, photorejuvenation and sclerotherapy. We partner closely with you to solve your skin care concerns, be it sun damage or acne, wrinkles or redness, brown spots or unwanted hair. We want you to walk out of our door feeling special, radiant, and confident in your skin.
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