Series: Must-have nutrients for skin remodeling: Additional ‘should-haves’
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that helps minimize the signs of aging. The SkinPen micro-needling device causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of the tissue.
Cell nutrition is very important during the skin remodeling process following the SkinPen micro-needling procedure. Skin remodeling requires energy and nutrients that allow the body to produce ample amounts of collagen and elastin — the scaffolding that gives the dermal tissue its strength and resiliency. Several nutrients — vitamins C and A and copper peptides — are essential for the skin remodeling process, so they are “must-have” ingredients in your post-micro-needling skin care.
Nutrients for skin remodeling
While not essential for skin remodeling, several other nutrients and ingredients are beneficial to the skin rejuvenation process. Therefore, look for these “should-haves” in your post-micro-needling skin care protocol:
Vitamin E, an antioxidant, protects against UV radiation and free radicals that come in contact with your epidermis. Topical vitamin E prevents inflammatory damage, reducing skin swelling, thickness and reddening after UV exposure. Topical vitamin E also has moisturizing effects, improving your skin’s natural moisture and texture, making it softer and smoother.
Zinc is required for collagen production and has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Activates proteins that are essential for collagen synthesis
- Regulates genes that produce anti-inflammatory proteins
Ginger root extract has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of the destructive enzyme elastase. Responsible for the degradation of elastin in the skin, elastase can be activated in the skin via UV rays. Also, ginger extract contains antioxidant compounds that prevent damage from free radicals, protecting your skin against aging.
Studies have shown that ginger root extract:
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing the skin. One study found that ginger root reduced skin edema, a type of inflammation.
- Improves wound healing. One study found that ginger root extract increased the speed of wound healing and collagen production in rats.
Phospholipids are a type of lipid (fat) that:
- Attract water and hold onto it, making them excellent moisturizers
- Serve as softening and smoothing agents, making the skin look and feel its best
Ceramides are a type of fat molecule found in the top layer of your skin. Essential for the skin’s barrier function, ceramides:
- Help your skin retain moisture
- May protect your skin from irritants
Several Skinfuse post-micro-needling skin care products contain these “should-have” ingredients:
RESCUE Calming Complex (vitamin E, zinc and ginger extract). RESCUE is designed to soothe, protect and assist in minimizing inflammation after the SkinPen micro-needling procedure. RESCUE forms a natural breathable, protective barrier to help retain skin moisture and protect compromised skin.
RECLAIM Hydrating Support (vitamin E, zinc, phospholipids, ceramides). RECLAIM is a bioactive moisturizer designed to support dry, dehydrated or compromised skin while delivering intense hydration. RECLAIM is ideal for use after the SkinPen micro-needling procedure.
SURGE 1 Collagen Boost (vitamin E). SURGE targets the fibroblast cell in the dermal layer to assist in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Please consult your SkinPen provider regarding the best skin care products and protocol to use following your SkinPen micro-needling procedure.