We spend a great deal of time and money caring for the skin on our face. It is people's first impression of us and is rarely covered - except with a mask these days.
That being said, other areas of our skin deserve the same special treatment that we typically reserve for just our face.
With that, I would like to introduce you to your skin’s VIP (aka, the very important parts).
All these areas work hard for you and you should work just as hard for all of them. Here’s how you can do so.
- 90% to 95% of skin cancer and signs of aging come from sun exposure. To protect yourself from harmful UV rays, it is critical to always wear sunscreen.
- Antioxidants, like vitamin C, also provide your skin with protection from UV rays while simultaneously lightening sun spots.
- Evening treatments like glycolic acid, tretinoin, retinol and bakuchiol work to correct the damage caused by the sun through cell turnover.
All three of these steps need to be a part of not just your skin care facial routine, but your entire VIP treatment.
But I have good news! There is no need to buy separate products for each area. Instead, just remember to give your VIP the same great protection, products, and even procedures as you would your face.
Simply incorporate these steps into your home skin care routine.
VIP Morning Routine
VIP Evening Routine
Other ways you can protect your VIP include re-applying with powder sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, fashionable hats and coverups, and supplements such as Heliocare, ISDIN pills, and Hum Nutrition Turn Back Time. There are also a number of procedures I perform regularly to help my patients, including fractionated resurfacing, intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), Kybellaa, and Scrulptra.
Stay tuned for more to come on these topics in future blog posts! In the meantime, check out our YouTube channel for more expert derm advice.
Meet the author: Board-certified and practicing dermatologist, Dr. Heather D. Rogers, MD, is the founder of Doctor Rogers Skin Care and Modern Dermatology in Seattle, Washington. She studied at Stanford, University of Washington School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. She lectures nationally, is well published, and an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Highly respected among the skin care community, Dr. Rogers has been annually named “Top 1% of Most Honored Doctors in the US” by Castle Connolly.