Gorgeous Skin at Any Age: Dr. Ostad’s 5 Products Everyone Should Have in Their Routine.
Gentle Cleanser: Every routine should should start with a fresh, clean face. Regardless of your skin type/condition, it is important to remove makeup, dirt and oil and other build up from the day. We encounter and absorb more harm to our skin from the environment than we see on the surface. Always cleanse with luke-warm water (never hot) and avoid using abrasive scrubs, particularly with acne and acne rosacea prone skin. While clean skin is the best skin, do not over-wash or scrub around the eyes. If you are removing eye makeup it is best to use an eye-makeup remover to avoid irritating delicate skin on and around the eyelid. Dr. Ostad recommends using his Gentle Creamy Cleanser ($46) which contains lactic acid and is ideal for dry, sensitive and normal skin types.
Antioxidants: We are increasingly faced with a rise in pollutants, a decrease in the ozone layer, and a more hectic lifestyle that doesn’t always involve adequate rest. All of these factors contribute to more free-radicals in our skin. Free radicals prevent the skin from renewing itself by limiting the amount of oxygen and therefore energy inside our skin cells. We all know that anything living cannot survive without adequate oxygen and our skin is no different. These free-radicals leave our skin dry, dull and prone to fine lines and wrinkles. The most effective way to combat the stress placed on our skin is to apply a vitamin serum rich in vitamin C, E,F and Green Tea. These potent antioxidants will combat those harmful free-radicals and allow our skin to heal, produce collagen and reverse sun damage. Look for a serum that is not exposed to air. If it is, the potency of the vitamin C will be reduced. Dr. Ostad recommends his C,E,F,G Serum. $90
Retinol: Unless you have severe rosacea, everyone should use a retinol. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin-A, was first used as an acne medication. After treatment, physicians marveled at how smooth and wrinkle-free their patient’s skin appeared. Due to this observation, further research was indicated and scientists revealed that not only do retinols help control acne, but they are perhaps the single greatest anti-aging ingredient to date. Vitamin-A increases cell-turnover and therefore increases the production of new skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, shrinks pores and helps correct clogged pores. The key to using retinoids/retinol is to start moderately or you might be left with dry, flaky skin. Start applying a low concentration every other night and increase application once your skin can tolerate it. Do not apply more than a pea-sized amount and moisturize over if necessary. Dr. Ostad recommends his Retinol Eye ($60), which is specific for the delicate skin around the eye along with his Retinol Complex ($80) for face and décolletage.
Moisturizer: Hydrating the skin is the single most important step you can take in strengthening the important protective barrier, but it can also play a role in preventing skin cancer. An exciting new article published by the Skin Cancer foundation further emphasizes the importance of Nicotinomide (niacinamide) in possibly preventing non-melanoma skin cancers. The study further suggests that nicotinamide, found in the vitamin B3, may play a role in preventing future melanomas for individuals with a history of melanoma or who are immunosuppressed by either organ transplant or previous exposure to biologics. The exposure of UV radiation damages DNA and decreases the energy in the cell needed to repair that damage. Nicotinamide has been shown to increase the energy in these cells that is needed to ultimately repair the damaged DNA and may translate into chem-preventative efficacy against melanoma. Dr. Ostad’s NIA-C Cream contains this powerful and effective ingredient. For individuals with a history of non-melanoma skin cancers, fair skin or sun damage, it is recommended to apply NIA C twice daily, an SPF with physical blocks of zinc and titanium along with oral nicotinamide or vitamin B3.
Sunscreen: SPF measures the protection offered in sunscreen against UVB, but not UVA rays, and while there is a wide debate about the effeicacy of SPF over 40, science supports the idea that increased protection over this number is minimal. Be sure to use a sunscreen that is PABA and Oxybenzone-free with an SPF of 40. Since the best a sunscreen contain physical blockers such as zinc and titanium, you want a sunscreen that is micronized to avoid a thick white film. Apply year round and particularly between the hours of 10am-3pm, as you may not burn from UVB rays in the cooler months, but harmful UVA rays can still penetrate deep into the dermis. Apply enough to give adequate protection (about a shot glass full for each area) and then reapply every three hours. It’s also important to note that in the warmer months, heat from the sun’s UVB rays can cause unsightly pigmentation. In these circumstances, SPF only offers limited protection whether SPF 15 or 100. Dr. Ostad recommends his line of SunShade which contains all of these protective ingredients and come in both tinted and clear. ($65)