Consumer or over the counter skincare products tend to be easy to find and inexpensive, but professional skincare products can be a more effective choice for most patients. Professional skincare products can only be found in medical offices, like Mountcastle Plastic Surgery in Northern Virginia, since they contain more potent ingredients that are more advanced, higher quality, and offer a better delivery system than over the counter consumer skincare products. Plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Mountcastle and his team of aestheticians help every patient choose the best products for their skin type that treats the root cause of the skin problem. Skincare products in mass retailers and even prestige retailers do not offer the same strength and quality of ingredients because they must appeal to a large range of consumers and be safe for everyone. Since professional skincare products are sold by trained skincare professionals, it is safe to offer ingredients that may not be suitable for everyone.
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"Very professional and skilled. No wait for us. Office staff knowledgeable and welcoming. Definitely worth the drive for us."- D.J. / Google / Mar 10, 2017
"Highly recommend this place, Dr Mountcastle and his team members are very knowledgeables."- H.H. / Google / Mar 08, 2017
"This review is for the IPL-BBL treatment for age spots. In past years, I have wasted many thousands of dollars on IPL (non-BBL), microdermabrasions, chemical peels, facials, and products to treat dark spots that started showing up in my mid-fifties. IPL-BBL from Mountcastle is the only one that has made a huge improvement for me. After treatment, many of the spots turned almost black before they healed, and I was warned that this would happen. After my first treatment, it took about a week to completely heal and see the full results, and they were amazing. I had one blotch that was so deep it felt leathery. Although the blotch still exists, it is lighter and smaller and no longer feels or looks like leather. I purchased four treatments and I had my second treatment yesterday. I can see many spots turning dark now, so I know they will heal and look better next week. Many of the spots on my face have completely disappeared. I don't expect to be spot-free after this second treatment, but I am getting there. If all continues to go as remarkably as I expect, I plan on doing my hands next. Ragan was my aesthetist. She is excellent. She answered all my questions and she suggested some products to use at home. She used an IPL machine that has a cooling feature, a real plus. I felt a hot snap and an instant cooling at each spot. It wasn't painful enough to make me jump and it's well worth the results. I have one minor complaint: They don't always answer the phone or return calls promptly."- M.M. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2017
"Wonderful Experience. Very easy to schedule appointment. Staff very nice. Ragan was great - very knowledgeable. Beautiful and clean facility. Would highly recommend."- S.Z. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2017
One of the biggest benefits of professional skincare products over consumer products is that an aesthetician will help you determine the best products for your skin type and concerns. The aesthetician will also tell you the best way to use each product, how often to use each product, and what order to apply the products. It is still up to you to follow your new skincare regimen, but most patients who do, see great results and healthier skin.
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It is best to give any new skincare product at least 4 – 6 weeks before you discontinue use. Many products need time to penetrate the skin, treat the lower skin layers, and then wait for the upper layers to slough off and reveal the new, treated skin. It can be helpful for your aesthetician if you keep notes on the effects of your products so they will learn more about your skin and its reactions to certain ingredients. If you experience an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product immediately.
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SkinMedica, an Allergan company, offers professional skincare products that use high quality ingredients to improve the health of the skin and treat many skin concerns. SkinMedica products have received awards from New Beauty, In Style, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Cosmo Latinas. With best-selling products like TNS Essential Serum®, HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex, and TNS Eye Repair®, SkinMedica offers a wide range of products to treat your specific skin type as well as your skin concerns and problems. All SkinMedica professional skincare products are created from over 20 years of clinical research and experience, combined with the newest formulations and skincare breakthroughs.
Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare was created by Dr. Ben Johnson with the goal of moving skincare away from aggressive exfoliation and to dermal remodeling. Designed to work on all skin types and conditions, Osmosis Skincare works to strengthen and balance the skin for naturally stronger, healthier skin. For patients with special concerns, Osmosis Skincare products are never tested on animals and most products are vegan and gluten-free. Osmosis also includes many oncology skincare products that are safe and effective for patients undergoing certain cancer treatments. Osmosis Skincare products address many skin concerns, including acne, aging, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, eczema, laxity, moles, psoriasis, scarring, and more. One of our skincare professionals will be happy to help you create your best Osmosis skincare program.
All SkinCeuticals products are formulated through advanced scientific research and goes through careful clinical testing before being added to the professional skincare line. Recommended by several prominent beauty magazines, like Allure, Elle, In Style, New Beauty, Vogue, and more, SkinCeuticals is one of the top professional skincare brands. With products that are formulated for 5 different skin types, SkinCeuticals products are made to either prevent, protect, or correct skincare concerns. A combination of antioxidants and sunscreens in many of their products can help protect your skin from environmental damage and prevent premature aging.
Professional skincare products will usually cost more than over the counter products, but you are getting higher quality products that are chosen by a skincare professional specifically for your needs. Since professional skincare products contain more potent ingredients, you will generally use less than consumer products, so it will usually last longer. If keeping your skin healthy and young-looking is important to you, professional skincare products are a good investment.