When it comes to an anti-aging skin care regimen, there are many facets to consider including diet, lifestyle, skin treatments, and professional-grade products. All of these things combined can support the skin’s health and a more youthful appearance! A good skincare product regimen is extremely important and can help boost collagen, protect the skin against sun damage and increase cell turnover for reduced fine lines and wrinkles, among other things. The GRASS regimen is a core product routine that gives you some general direction and contains key ingredients for beautiful skin. It takes the guesswork out of compiling a medical-grade skincare routine and keeps it from being too overwhelming. Each letter in the word GRASS stands for a step in the routine- Growth Factors, Retinoids, Antioxidants, Specialty Product, and Sun Protection.
Growth Factors are a naturally occurring protein in the skin that repair damaged, aging skin. They are critical for repairing and remodeling the skin cell structure. It’s critically important, for optimum results, to avail yourself of potent products with some of the most advanced growth factors, antioxidants and peptides.
Retinoids are an ingredient derived from Vitamin A and applied topically to the skin. Retinoids are the “gold standard” for anti-aging and can reduce the appearance of fine lines, skin texture, acne and aging, sun-damaged skin. Among a variety of biologically technical benefits, they encourage your skin cells to turn over quickly and exfoliate dead cells away, revealing brighter, smoother skin. Retinoids, such as tretinoin, Retin A, and retinols are widely available, but many are just “me too” products and provide very little benefit, especially those easily available in big box stores and online. Make sure you are getting a potent, medical-grade retinoid for maximum benefit.
Antioxidants protect and repair our skin from free radicals, UVA/UVB rays, and pollution. They also help stimulate collagen growth! Used in conjunction with sunscreen, antioxidants provide great protection from the environment.
Specialty Products is a step in GRASS that recognizes that everyone’s skin is different. This category includes a customized product that provides extra care and addresses your skin’s unique needs, whether it be for pigment, redness, acne, etc. This category of product allows a routine to be tailored to each skin type.
Sun Protection is one of the MOST important steps in GRASS. Whatever products or services you invest into your skin need to be protected. Excessive sun exposure breaks down collagen in the skin, damaging it and causing it to wrinkle and pigment. It also causes skin cancer. 90% of visible aging is from the sun! Luckily, there are so many formulas of sunscreen. The key is to find a sunscreen product that meets the essential criteria of SPF 30 (or higher), a long water-resistant rating, and one you love applying daily.
For the perfect product regimen that accurately fits your unique skincare needs, it’s best to see a Board Certified Dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. The right skincare routine is a sure way to repair, enhance and protect your way to a healthier, more radiant, more confident you!