Combining skincare products and services has been a staple of human skincare for as long as we’ve engaged in the practice. While modern skincare has gotten much more advanced than our ancestors, many of the basic principles haven’t changed for millennia.
If you’ve explored the world of skincare for some time, you probably have already come across some of the most popular skincare combos. But what about other possibilities? Does it make sense to combine different products and services, or does it normally only lead to confusion, disaster, and wasted money? That’s what we’ll explore here!
Combining Active Ingredients
Combining active ingredients in skincare can have a range of effects, from the surprisingly great to the downright ugly. While many skincare products are perfectly safe and effective on their own, combining them may not always produce the intended result. This makes understanding the function of active ingredients and their various interactions crucial.
For instance, some active ingredients like retinol and niacinamide are known to go well together, while alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinol need to be combined much more carefully. Not to mention, everyone’s skin is unique, so the qualities and needs of your skin need to match the benefits.
If you are considering combining skincare products in a particular way, our team of medical professionals can walk you through how the interactions work and provide tips as well. You can also check out a past blog here, where we go into detail about the most impactful active ingredients in skincare.
Using Combination Therapy For Skin Laxity
Skin laxity is a natural process by which skin loses some of its structure and firmness over time. This makes the skin “loose,” which makes it start to sag. This is a normal byproduct of ageing, but it can be exacerbated or accelerated by factors like rapid fat loss and excessive sun exposure, among others.
Here, an example of a combination we might recommend to a client is our Venus Legacy™ procedure and a dermal filler. Venus Legacy™ is a state-of-the-art body contouring treatment that uses electromagnetic fields and radio frequencies to tighten skin and reduce cellulite. After using Venus Legacy, a dermal filler could be used to further restore volume loss using a simple but powerful natural substance called hyaluronic acid (HA).
One massive benefit of these procedures is that they are both non-surgical, meaning they do not require invasive surgical procedures. The Venus Legacy™ procedure does not break the skin at all, while the dermal filler we offer is a simple injection with a small needle. This means that clients do not have to deal with issues like scarring or long recovery periods, among others.
While Venus Legacy™ and good dermal filler are a strong combination, there are many combinations of procedures and products that have been shown to provide stellar results greater than using the procedures separately. For instance, microneedling and our SkinMedica® products work well to repair and rejuvenate the skin as well. During your consultation, we will evaluate your skin condition and help you discover which combinations should work best for your skin.
Combination Therapy & Skin Complexion
Skin complexion is another major area where combining products and/or treatments can play a major role. Your skin complexion is tied to a wide range of factors, like diet, sun exposure, pre-existing conditions, and more. As a result, there are a lot of things that can go wrong, like hyperpigmentation, melasma, discoloration, and more.
If the main issue is skin complexion, a duo that can work well together is our PicoGenesis™ treatment and the various peels we offer. Normally, peels and laser treatments don’t mesh well because both can stress the skin, causing excess damage if combined. However, PicoGenesis uses a non-thermal laser to destroy unwanted pigment without damaging surrounding tissue.
After using PicoGenesis™, a peel can help get rid of any other pigmentation issues and kickstart a healing process for your skin. Of course, this is only one example of a potential combination, but it’s one that has seen great success over the years for many clients here at our medical spa.
Explore The Possibilities For Your Skin With Vive!
While we’ve given an extensive overview of combination therapy in this blog, we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible. If you are interested in what the practice can do for your skin, our team would love to tell you more. To get started, get in touch with our team today!