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Q & A with Mona: Trinity of Skincare Products

Q: What are the three core skin products essential for maintaining healthy, youthful skin? 


A: Ah, the holy trinity of skincare! These three must-have products are like the superheroes of your skincare routine, each playing a vital role in protecting and rejuvenating your skin: a physical block sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, a Vitamin C serum, and a Retinol/Tretinoin. 


Q: Why is a physical block sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher crucial for our skin? 


A: Think of sunscreen as your shield against the sun's harmful rays. Physical block sunscreens, containing ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, create a physical barrier on your skin that reflects and scatters UV rays away from your skin. This helps prevent sunburn, premature aging, and reduces the risk of skin cancer. SPF 30 or higher offers optimal protection against both UVA and UVB rays, ensuring your skin stays youthful and healthy for years to come. 


Q: How does a Vitamin C serum contribute to the health and youthfulness of our skin? 


A: Picture Vitamin C as your skin's best friend, tirelessly fighting off environmental aggressors and free radicals. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps brighten your complexion, even out skin tone, and fade pesky dark spots caused by sun damage or aging. Additionally, it stimulates collagen production, which keeps your skin firm, plump, and oh-so-youthful. Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your routine not only protects your skin but also gives it that radiant glow we all crave. 


Q: What's the scoop on Retinol/Tretinoin and its role in skincare? 


A: If Vitamin C is your skin's best friend, then Retinol/Tretinoin is the wise sage guiding it towards eternal youth. Derived from Vitamin A, these powerful ingredients work wonders on your skin by boosting cell turnover, unclogging pores, and stimulating collagen production. This means smoother texture, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, and reduced acne breakouts. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility – start slow to avoid irritation, and always wear sunscreen during the day, as retinol can increase skin sensitivity to sunlight. 


Q: How do these three products work together to protect and enhance our skin? 


A: Well, the magic lies in their synergy! While sunscreen shields your skin from the sun's harmful rays, Vitamin C swoops in to neutralize free radicals and brighten your complexion. Meanwhile, Retinol/Tretinoin works its rejuvenating mystical powers by repairing and renewing your skin at the cellular level. Together, they form an unbeatable trio, ensuring your skin stays healthy, youthful, and positively glowing. 


Remember, consistency is key when it comes to skincare. Incorporate these three powerhouse products into your routine, and watch as your skin transforms into its happiest, healthiest, most youthful self. Your future self will thank you! 


Mona Entezari, PA-C 

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