What is the role of skincare in all this? What advice do you give to patients?
I am convinced that skincare skincare remains the foundation of “well aging” and a good skincare routine goes hand in hand with some aesthetic interventions. This begins with twice-daily facial cleansing, proper makeup removal, lots of hydration, and daily environmental and sun protection. When it comes to specific ingredients, I am a big fan of Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and low-dose Retinol. Retinol has been my long-time favorite as it is one of the most studied ingredients with clinical proof of a cumulative effect over time without any plateau.
I pay close attention to skincare product formulations because, for example, not all retinol-based products are equal. This is a very important concept. Today, patients are very knowledgeable about ingredients. They ask for specific ingredients but they underestimate the importance of the product base (vehicle) which plays a significant role in driving active ingredient skin penetration and skin tolerance. If the active ingredients are not formulated properly, they might be unstable, have no action, and/or even induce skin reactions. The product base (vehicle) needs also be adjusted to the skin type to provide skin comfort and an enjoyable product experience. Lastly, the combined used of ingredients should also be carefully orchestrated though the right regimen. Improper layering will decrease efficacy and increase the risk of side effects.
What is your secret formula for prejuvenation?
I believe in a 2-step approach. Prevention with a good skincare routine and regular deep-cleaning of the skin, and the treatment of underlying skin conditions (acne, couperosis, pigmentation…).
How do you define healthy skin?
A healthy skin is a smooth skin, with a natural glow, no redness, well nourished and hydrated.
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