Dr. Hilinski and his medical spa staff are proud users and providers of SkinMedica skin care products.
Dr. Hilinski decided to partner with SkinMedica based on its reputation and history as the best skin care line. SkinMedica is made by Allergan – the makers of Botox and Juvederm. Since these folks understand facial wrinkles and lines better than almost anyone else, you know you are getting a product line that works.
SkinMedica is scientifically formulated to help rejuvenate skin, including treatment for aging skin, fine lines, excess wrinkles and loss of collagen. The end result is improved appearance of your skin with a more youthful glow. SkinMedica helps achieve these type of cosmetic improvements because their products contain a wide variety of enriched growth factors, antioxidants, retinoids and other biologic compounds that provide an anti-aging effect. When used on a regular basis as part of a daily routine, patients enjoy notable cosmetic enhancement of their skin.
SkinMedica is not only used to maintain beautiful, youthful skin, it is also recommended to be used before and after many of the cosmetic treatments offered by our office.
One of the great things about SkinMedica products is the fact that you will gain Brilliant Distinction points for every product purchased through our office. This is because Dr. Hilinski and his medical spa are authorized dealers of SkinMedica through Allergan.
Brilliant Distinctions is a loyalty program offered by Allergan that rewards you when certain purchases are made toward their product lines. These rewards translate into complimentary future services and products and/or significant monetary savings. Since all SkinMedica products are included in this program, your choice of physician-grade skin care lines is made that much easier!
There is a wide array of SkinMedica products. But some of our favorites are described in more detail below. It is our recommendation that all patients should consider the following regimen and sequence for their daily skin care:
- Cleansing with an exfoliator
- Correction with TNS Essential Serum, Lytera 2.0 and/or Retinol
- Moisturize with HA5
- Protect with a sunscreen
AHA BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
Everyday should start off with use of the SkinMedica AHA BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. This incredibly effective skin cleanser was specially designed to help remove the dead skin layers that are continually turning over each and every day. The key ingredients include naturally sourced alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) combined with beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). These two well-known cosmetic enhancers are paired with jojoba spheres that help further exfoliate your skin. By gently exfoliating ‘used’ skin on a daily basis, new skin turnover is encouraged, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and greatly improves skin texture.
TNS Essential Serum
TNS Essential Serum is considered one of the most popular products in the entire SkinMedica line – and for good reason. The TNS stands for Tissue Nutrient Solution because it does just that – provides your skin with much needed nutrients to help counteract the aging process.
This all-purpose serum can be used safely with all different skin types plus it works for across patients of all ages. TNS Essential Serum effectively reduces unwanted wrinkles and fine lines while improving one’s skin tone and surface texture. The end result is a more rejuvenated and youthful complexion.
Like all of the products in the SkinMedica lineup, TNS Essential Serum is scientifically formulated to help patients achieve the best skin possible. More specifically, TNS contains a wide spectrum of physiological growth factors and other ingredients that were included in one solution to work synergistically on your skin.
Just a few examples of these key ingredients include:
- Vitamin C that works as a powerful antioxidant
- Vitamin E that works to help counter free radical skin damage
- Hyaluronic spheres that work to hydrate your skin by trapping water
- Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf extract that is a natural antioxidant rich in polyphenols
- Alpha-Arbutin works to brighten skin
TNS Essential Serum comes packaged in one dispenser – but there are actually two separate chambers inside each dispenser. One chamber holds the 380 growth factors and matrix proteins. The other chamber holds the peptides, antioxidants and skin-brightening ingredients. The key ingredients in each chamber cannot be combined until they contact your skin surface.
This incredible skin serum is intended to be used on a daily basis as a central part of your routine skin care regimen. Most patients will apply the serum in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning the skin. Sunscreens and moisturizers can be readily applied over the serum.
In terms of seeing a cosmetic enhancement, most patients using TNS Essential Serum will begin noticing these changes after the first month of use. But it may take upwards of 3 months or so until the full results become manifest.
Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum
Lytera 2.0 is SkinMedica’s pigment correcting serum that helps fight unwanted brown, blotchy skin. Lytera was designed to help lighten your skin and brighten your complexion while at the same time preventing the hyperpigmentation from forming. For the most part, Lytera works much like prescription hydroquinone does to help counter abnormal skin pigmentation.
In some clinical studies, 95% of patients using Lytera said they noted improvement in the darker blotches in their skin. And in some studies, nearly 100% of the patients said Lytera made their skin tone look more even. Many patients will notice a clinical improvement in their skin tone and color within the first 2 weeks of using Lytera.
SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex is an incredible skin care product that helps reduce unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. After Retinol Complex is applied to your skin, it gets converted into retinoic acid, or retin-A – one of the most well-known agents when it comes to anti-aging. It is highly recommended that you add some type of retinol to your usual skin care regimen as this is the cornerstone of cosmetic skin enhancement.
SkinMedica’s proprietary formula helps to exfoliate skin that leads to less fine lines, softer wrinkles and reduced brown spots. Most patients also note improved skin surface texture with more uniform tone. Retinols are considered much less irritating on the skin compared to prescription retin-A formulas.
HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator
SkinMedica’s HA5 is an incredibly popular hydrating serum that will provide you with immediate smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines. HA5 works by reinforcing your body’s own ability to replenish hyaluronic acid while giving it added moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a natural molecule that loves water – keeping your skin supple and healthy. The end result of using HA5 on a daily basis is skin that is better hydrated with improved texture. In areas such as San Diego where skin is prone to be dry, SkinMedica’s HA5 can make a huge difference between a rough, wrinkled complexion and a beautiful, smooth glow.
HA5 is formulated by SkinMedica scientists to include a spectrum of five different hyaluronic acid ingredients, which can give your skin ultra hydration for upwards of eight hours following each application. HA5 also contains vitamin E that works to protect your skin from free radicals, which can lead to damaged skin and premature aging. Upon application, HA5 works to plump up your outer skin layer – helping to ‘fill in’ those pesky fine lines, furrows, and facial wrinkles. In addition to the hyaluronic acid, HA5 also contains humectants that encourage further hydration of your skin by drawing in some degree of moisture from the surrounding air.
It is recommended to use HA5 twice per day – morning and night. In many cases, HA5 is the only moisturizing serum you will need to keep your skin properly hydrated.
SkinMedica Product Purchase
If you desire to purchase one of the amazing SkinMedica products, contact our office today. Alternatively, you can go to your Remedly patient portal to complete your purchase securely and safely online.
Dr. John Hilinski has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.