Put Your Best Face Forward

Fall into full swing with your facial skincare routine this season. Now that summer is behind us, you may start to notice the damage from all the fun in the sun, particularly on your face. Luckily, there are many facial rejuvenation treatments and products available. 

At New Image Plastic Surgery (NIPS), Dr. Gartside and her staff offer some pertinent tips on keeping your best face forward this Fall. 

Find a good skincare routine that works for you. 
It’s never too late to start caring for your skin—but the earlier you develop a good regimen, the better. Find a regimen that works for your skin type but also works for your schedule. Do not pick a five-step routine if you only have time for a two-step routine. Remember, compliance is key, and prevention is more effective than correction. 

Be serious about sun protection!
Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of aging. The UV rays break down important proteins in your skin, which accelerate the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Wearing sunscreen every day and avoiding deliberate tanning helps protect your skin from sun damage. Use an SPF of 35 or higher and continue to re-apply as needed when out in direct sunlight. 

Hydrate and nourish your skin inside out. 
Another important aspect of maintaining great, healthy-looking skin and prolonging your skincare routine results is to eat a healthy diet. Fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains can have a positive impact on the way your skin looks and feels while helping to stave off skin aging. Hydrate by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. 

Just as important as eating the right foods is limiting or eliminating the wrong foods from your diet. Sugar, for instance, acts as an enemy of any anti-aging efforts because it triggers a chemical process called glycation. During this process, sugar molecules damage proteins, lipids and other important molecules necessary for optimum skin health. 

Use medical-grade skincare products. 
While there is nothing wrong with over-the-counter skincare products, we see best results with medical-grade products that can only be purchased through a physician’s office. Medical-grade skin care products that contain ingredients like retinoids, peptides and antioxidants can all be great tools for brightening and smoothing the skin. Finding which product is right for your skin type and concerns are best determined between you and a board-certified doctor after a proper skin evaluation. 

Don’t be shy, take advantage of cosmetic treatments.
Cosmetic treatments can compliment your daily skincare routine results. Treatments such as probiotic peels, ThermiSmooth radiofrequency, and micro-needling are some favorite treatments offered at NIPS. They promote cell turnover and collagen stimulation.Other types of facial rejuvenation treatments include botox and fillers. But like your skincare routine, these treatments require maintenance and are not one-stop-shop type treatments. Think of these as extensions to your daily skincare routine. 

Sometimes despite the best regimen(s) and maintenance you can come to a certain point in life where you may want to consider something more invasive such as a facelift surgery. Facelift surgery can give you another five or seven years back… but again, even with surgery, your skin still wants and needs a good skincare routine to optimize and maintain your results. 

No matter if you are starting early or late with your skincare game, you need a board-certified professional who not only understands the aging process, but can determine whether a noninvasive or invasive procedure will be required to achieve your desired results. 

For more information, visit www.gartside.com.

Roberta Gartside
Roberta L. Gartside, MD, FACS is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and with over 25 years in practice, Dr. Roberta Gartside is one of the most experienced and highly sought-after plastic surgeons in the area. In addition to offering patients a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures, she also offers outpatient skincare treatments such as fillers, like Botox, and lasers, including the Gentle Waves Skin Fitness System™ - a breakthrough LED light treatment therapy that helps rejuvenate aging skin. While patients certainly appreciate Dr. Gartside’s vast experience and offerings, they also place great value in the time she and her gregarious staff take to explain each and every option available to them. Committed to upholding the utmost standards in her specialty, in addition to working on the medical staff at Fairfax Hospital, Fair Oaks Hospital and Reston Hospital Center, Dr. Gartside has served as Vice President of Membership and Communications for the American Society of Plastic Surgery and as a Board Representative of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. She has also worked with Operation Smile and the Fairfax Skindeep Tattoo Removal Program in the past.