Mother helps daughter with homeworkSelf-care has become a low priority for many of us during a pandemic. This is especially true for mothers. Whether they’re helping kids navigate through distance learning, or juggle household responsibilities while working indoors or out, moms have less time to themselves. Now that restrictions have been eased and we are continuing our pre-pandemic activities and routines, we’re seeing more people seek advice about their skin. Notably, mothers have expressed interest in addressing the changes they have seen over the past year. Frequently asked questions about anxiety, uneven skin tone or dullness aggravated by stress, and jaw/neck laxity noticed on Zoom. One mother recently expressed: “Now that things seem to be getting better, I feel it’s time to start taking care of myself.” Dr. Karen Kim has some advice for moms looking to refresh their skin care routine and explore treatment options.

Include three essential skin products in your daily regimen

Incorporating a new product into your regular routine is an easy and effective way to improve your skin. The three topical medications that Dr. Kim recommends most often are:

  • A topical vitamin C serum in the morning. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that promotes collagen production and fights the damaging effects of free radicals (elements that break down collagen and damage skin cells).
  • Apply a retinol or tretinoin cream at bedtime. Tretinoin has been shown to stimulate collagen and soften fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots.
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. Sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to prevent premature skin aging, wrinkles and reduce discoloration.

Consider cosmetic skin treatments

Thanks to new and improved technology, there are great treatment options for brighter, healthier skin.

  • For uneven and dull skin, the Iconic Light Rejuvenation System and the Picosure Focus Array Laser are skin treatments that ease recovery and deliver dramatic results.
  • For loose skin around the jaw and neck, Thermage is a non-invasive radiofrequency skin tightening procedure with no downtime. Legend RF also uses radiofrequency energy to improve looseness, skin texture and acne scars, but it delivers energy through microneedling.
  • For fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes or mouth, the Deka Dot laser is an innovative procedure aimed at addressing these difficult-to-treat areas.
  • If you don’t mind down time, the Fraxel laser is a great treatment for overall wrinkles, discoloration, and acne scars on the face, neck, or chest.

For all the mothers who have devoted so much to the care and well-being of their loved ones over the past year, perhaps it’s time to make taking care of yourself a priority. If you notice changes in your skin and want to explore the possibilities, come in for a consultation to find out what might be right for you.

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