Extremely Effective Essentials from Southlake’s Top Dermatologist

I’m often asked, “What’s the best…” approach, procedure or product to keeping skin fresh, healthy and younger looking. There are so many choices in today’s skincare market, it can be overwhelming. So, I’ve trimmed my list to my favorite 5-star skincare products. These are leading-edge products that I feel produce consistent, powerfully effective results that our patients desire the most.

At Greer Dermatology, our Southlake clinic sees patients who are keenly interested in the latest advances in skin care solutions. Our dermatology patients are women and men from the Southlake community and greater Dallas area who run the gamut from business people, millennials, public personalities, athletes, families with small kids, and empty nesters. All are seeking state-of-the-art skin care products and treatments that provide impressive and lasting results. 

Our team is asked almost daily, ‘What is the newest, safest, and best product/procedure…’ so, I’m sharing my top 5-star products list in this month’s blog.

These are my go-to skin care products. Top performers that are dermatologist-approved to keep your skin healthy, supple and protected from our sunny Texas climate. These products are powerful and should be used in conjunction with the professional advice you’ll receive when you come in for a visit.  Keep in mind, not every product is perfect for every person. To achieve the best results for your individual skin type, a detailed prescriptive regimen is provided at your appointment

Dr. Sara Greer’s Top 5-Star Skincare Products List

1. To Protect – Revision Intellishade TruPhysical

This award-winning tinted daily moisturizer is a pure mineral sunscreen with 14.5% zinc–a significantly higher percentage than others in the market.  What makes Intellishade® special is its amazingly adaptive formula that matches every skin tone. It has a distinctive blend of over 20 age‐defying, anti-aging, moisturizing ingredients making it the all-in-one choice for correction, protection, concealing, brightening and hydration.

In addition to providing excellent sun protection, the anti-aging and hydrating formula makes skin look and feel great while providing very natural looking coverage. I choose this every day, instead of a foundation and tell patients, “It’s just a great product!”

2. To Prevent – SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

We hear a lot about antioxidants. They are substances that are able to mitigate and protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.   These radicals are formed from exposure to sun and pollution that occur naturally in the environment, as well as what we ingest including alcohol and cigarette smoke. 

This particular antioxidant serum made my Top Five 5-star list because the stability and quality of the Vitamin C in this formula is reliable. It keeps its potency, and years of scientific studies prove it penetrates more effectively than its competitors.

CE Ferulic Serum is a preventive powerhouse choice against photodamage, lines, and wrinkles. In addition, it combats dryness and dehydration while brightening hyperpigmentation/dark spots. The combination of ferulic acid with pure vitamin C and E helps firm your face, neck and decollete while fending off signs of aging and environmental damage.

3. To Correct – SkinCeuticals Retinol

The coveted appearance of healthy “glowing” skin requires both a defensive and offensive strategy. Beyond wearing sunscreen, the weapon of choice against the appearance of aging skin is retinol. Topical vitamin A, in the form of retinol, is one of the most well-researched, proven ingredients on the market today and has been the quintessential anti-aging cream for decades. 

It aids in collagen production and promotes cell turnover which helps reduce visible fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and blemishes. Also, it decreases the impact of sun damage, which can lead to brown spots, pre-cancerous rough patches, not to mention its effect in halting acne outbreaks.

Because of its powerful exfoliant properties, retinol can be drying and make skin sensitive to the sun.  Therefore, it is recommended retinol be applied in the evening and always be used in conjunction with a mineral-based sunscreen during the day. 

4. For The Neck – Revision Nectifirm

The neck and décolletage can show age and sun damage more noticeably than the face. With decreased skin thickness, much dreaded crepey neck skin develops.  One may also notice the increased appearance of hair follicles (chicken skin) and vertical creases in the décolletage from side sleeping. All these common concerns motivate frequent questions from our patients asking, how do I reverse and prevent changes in my neck?

Because the neck and upper chest have thinner and more sensitive skin, some products used for the face often cannot be tolerated when applied here. Nectifirm specifically targets this area to help improve texture while boosting collagen growth. It contains anti-aging proteins and antioxidants that, with continued use, allow the neck and chest to look more supple and youthful. 

5. For The Eye – SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair

This is a gorgeous cream packed with antioxidants. It also contains a more gentle retinol formula combined with TNS protein, a unique growth factor that increases collagen production. This is a complete eye treatment that hits all the ingredient high points to give maximum anti-aging benefits .

I recommend applying a small amount nightly to the lower lids, as well as upper lids. TNS Eye Repair will help decrease the appearance of fine lines and dark circles while improving skin hydration for the very thin and sensitive skin of the eyelid. 

Powerful Simplicity: TNS Essential Serum

This product has been included as a bonus because it answers one of our most frequently asked questions, “Is there just one all-purpose product you can recommend…?” 

While there is no “one solution” that can achieve all of the targeted results of our Top Five, this serum is definitely a 5-star performer. It is an excellent and convenient all-in-one product that delivers exceptional results. 

Studies have shown TNS Essential Serum consistently brings skin improvements that equal those achieved with retinol, and this is not easy to do.   However, because this serum doesn’t contain retinol, it is very well-tolerated by patients with sensitive skin. Its dual chamber pump holds excellent antioxidants (including Vitamin C), anti-aging peptides and the powerful TNS collagen growth factor. Somewhat of a splurge, it is one of the most potent (93.6% pure protein) serums on the market. Our patients love it.

A Word of Advice

When using these dermatologist-recommended skin care products, please keep in mind that formula, frequency, and application are very personalized and require professional consultation to achieve your best result.  Remember, finding long-lasting benefits is truly a skin marathon, not a sprint, and Greer Dermatology is here to help with all your needs along the way.

As always, please don’t hesitate to ask our team. Call our office at 817-631-0310 and schedule today.

To sensational skin,

Sara Greer, M.D.