When you invest in your appearance and well-being with cosmetic dermatology procedures, you want your results to look as good as possible for as long as possible. A proper skincare regimen helps to keep signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and volume loss away from your skin and helps to prolong the results of your dermatologic treatments.

Expert medical aesthetician Farzaneh Momeni of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, California, is a professional medical aesthetician with over 20 years of experience treating the skin with the most innovative and effective techniques in both Germany and the United States.

Momeni has worked with the team at CLDerm for the last 13 years, contributing her expertise in customized skin treatment and post-operative therapy. As a leader in her field, Momeni has spent her career training fellow aestheticians, working as a clinical aesthetics instructor, introducing new product lines, and developing an exclusive clientele.

Momeni studied science in Iran and continued her medical aesthetics education at the Dr. Guembel Institute in Germany. As a highly trained and qualified medical aesthetician, Farzaneh has profound knowledge of skin chemistry and believes that education, inspiration, and a holistic approach to comprehensive skincare is the key to providing the very best treatments for her patients.

Momeni has also completed hundreds of hours of advanced education. After working with patients of every age and seeing a wide variety of conditions, she has learned the five secrets to the perfect facial.

1. Customization

“Everyone’s skin is uniquely shaped by individual traits and influences in their environment,” Momeni said. “Facials should be administered only after an individual assessment of your skin and created specifically for every client’s needs. Be skeptical of anyone advertising one single miracle facial before even seeing you.”

Custom facials use products and techniques that precisely fit your skincare concerns. Custom facials can address various needs, ranging from premature aging and environmental damage to acne flare-ups to a dull and patchy complexion.

Custom facials use products and techniques to slow the aging process, brighten skin, and reduce wrinkles. Facials are designed to rejuvenate skin with all elements, from exfoliation to moisturizing to massage (improving circulation) and improving skin texture. These are effective in helping prevent aging and also help to preserve the benefits of cosmetic dermatology procedures.

2. Skin Typing

Before your facial begins, your aesthetician should ask what type of skin maintenance is needed. If you don’t know what skin type you have (combination, oily, etc.), don’t worry. Aestheticians are trained to recognize your skin type and help you put your best face forward by creating a skincare treatment and routine designed specifically for you.

3. Exfoliation

“The proper exfoliation is essential to good skin health,” Momeni says.

Regular facial exfoliation is key to any skincare regimen. Exfoliation eliminates the dead surface skin cells and oil that plug sebaceous pores, the leading cause of blackheads, whiteheads, and other acne flare-ups and leave skin dull and listless. The benefits of exfoliating are virtually endless, from increasing blood circulation and reducing fine lines and wrinkles to stimulating cellular renewal. Exfoliating facials are designed to remove dead cells and the outer layers of the skin and speed cell turnover, restoring a healthy glow and even skin tone. Facial exfoliation can be performed either manually or chemically.

4. Acne Treatment

Not everyone can sleep eight hours, eat three good meals, and drink eight glasses of water every single day. Acne happens, but you shouldn’t try to deal with it yourself. Picking or popping, no matter how careful and clean you are, nearly always makes bumps stay redder and bumpier longer. People often refer to redness as “scarring.” While it isn’t normally so, it can still leave discoloration that takes months to fade.

Flare-ups should be treated by an expert aesthetician who can select from various cleansers, masks, and scrubs that can remove the outer layer of the skin and thus open pores. Products containing salicylic, glycolic, or alpha hydroxy acids are also gentle skin exfoliants. At CLDerm, our aesthetician reviews your options with our physicians.

Your aesthetician can also recommend products to remove surface oils on the skin to reduce the amount and frequency of breakouts between facials.

5. Antioxidants

Your skin is your largest organ, so it is important to take care of it. Antioxidants protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skincare products can do a lot for your skin’s health and appearance, including reducing the signs of aging, reducing the appearance of scar tissue, repairing sun damage, firming skin, and reducing inflammation. From calming inflamed skin to tightening and toning, antioxidants offer great benefits from natural sources.

Bonus Tip: Wear the Right Sunscreen

Now that your skin is looking its best, preserve it by choosing and wearing the right sunscreen. Select a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA rays. Ingredients with broad-spectrum protection include benzophenones, cinnamates, sulisobenzone, salicylate, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and ecamsule.

Some people have the impression that wearing sunscreen makes them fully protected against the sun’s rays. Sunscreen works, but protecting yourself against ultraviolet rays requires a lot more than sunscreen alone. No matter how thickly you slather it on, sunscreen will never fully protect you.

In addition to wearing good sunscreen, you still need to take other precautions:

  • Stay in the shade when possible
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Stay inside when UV radiation levels are highest, usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat
  • Wear sun-protective clothing

When it comes to our skin, sometimes it’s tough to face the facts. If your less-than-perfect complexion is causing you stress and could use expert care, consider booking a custom facial at CLDerm.

Book Your Facial with Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego

The expert physicians and skincare professionals at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, California, combine major cosmetic breakthroughs in science and medicine to bring our patients the ultimate in rejuvenation. Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers various cosmetic dermatology procedures, and our physicians are international leaders delivering laser treatments, injectables, vein treatments, and liposuction to unveil the most beautiful, youthful, and radiant you. Schedule your consultation today.


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