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The Essentials Edit: Where to Start on Your Skincare Journey

The Essentials Edit: Where to Start on Your Skincare Journey

Skincare novices, here’s how to kick-start your journey to healthy, glowing skin.

From cleansers, serums, and moisturizers to facials, topicals, and beyond, skincare can be intimidating—not to mention complicated. But that’s what we’re here for.

“My biggest advice for skincare regimen newbies is consistency and simplicity! Start and stick with the basics. Then you can add specialized products slowly,” says OVME Dallas Medical Aesthetician Bailey M. Swinford.

Meet The Core

At the center of every results-oriented regimen and even the most intense, multistep skincare routines are four key elements (cleverly named “The Core 4”):

The Core 4 was created as a framework, or checklist, 
to ensure you have the core products that must be included in your regimen for our skin’s integrity,” says Swinford. “My basic skincare routine also includes exfoliation 1-3 times a week to remove excess bacteria, dead skin, and oil we encounter each day.”

Medical-grade over everything

If you’ve sparked a conversation with any skincare maven, you’ve likely received “the talk” about medical-grade skincare. While you might be skeptical, there is merit to the maven’s words.

The difference between medical-grade skincare products (like SkinMedica, Revision Skincare, and OVME) versus over-the-counter (OTC) products you pick up at Sephora or Ulta? To start, medical-grade skincare products are required to have clinical research studies to back up any claims about their benefits—putting a greater emphasis on the quality of their ingredients. Additionally, only medical-grade products can offer the highest percentage and strength of active ingredients (the ingredients giving you all the benefits), meaning they offer a higher potency than OTC.

“For the best outcomes, we need products and ingredients that have been fine-combed and scientifically studied for not only safety but results,” explains Swinford. “These brands invest in top-notch ingredients and R&D so you benefit!”

The Essentials Edit for Sensitive/Acne-Prone Skin

Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%

1-2x/Daily

Core 4 Category: Antioxidants

“This is going to regulate your melanin production for brighter, less sun-damaged skin. This will also cool down redness throughout the skin.”

Revision Skincare Intellishade Tru Physical SPF 45

1-2x/Daily

Core 4 Category: SPF

“Sensitive or acne-prone skin should use a physical/mineral sunscreen. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide don’t irritate the skin, and add a layer of protection over the skin.”

Revision Skincare DEJ Night Cream .25

4-7x/Week, depending on skin sensitivity, at night

Core 4 Category: Retinol

“This is a retinol encapsulated in a night cream mixed with natural derivatives of vitamin A, along with other ingredients, to help dilute the retinol absorption into the skin for easier acclimation.”

SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex

2x/Daily

Core 4 Category: Growth Factors

“TNS Recovery Complex is a classic product used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also reduce inflammation in the skin and build the skin barrier, so the skin can better protect itself.”

Optional for exfoliation: OVME Glow Pads

1x/Week for chemical exfoliation

“This product exfoliates without a physical scrub or scrubbing beads that could potentially irritate sensitive skin’s barrier,” says Swinford.

The Essentials edit for Normal/Aging/Normal-Oily Skin

OVME Boost Antioxidant + Vitamin C Serum

1x/Daily in the morning

Core 4 Category: Antioxidants

“This antioxidant serum supplies the skin with strength it doesn’t otherwise get from your daily food intake or products. It’s great for stimulating collagen, protecting against and treating redness, age spots, and discoloration.”

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34

1x/Daily, reapplying throughout the day

Core 4 Category: SPF

“This multi-tasking product is a broad-spectrum SPF that also protects against infrared radiation (IR) and blue light. It also has a stabilized antioxidant complex blend for brightening, anti-aging, and overall skin health.”

SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0

2-7x/Week

Core 4 Category: Retinol

“Quickly and efficiently, this will speed up skin-cell turnover, boosting your own collagen and removing dead skin.”

SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum

2x/Daily

Core 4 Category: Growth Factors

“This serum is the newest technology in anti-aging skincare. It’s a growth factor and peptide blend—and the ultimate weapon against fine lines, coarse wrinkles, and even sagging!”

Optional for exfoliation: SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

1-4x/Week

“This is a physical cleanser to pick dead skin and debris, but what’s special about this cleanser is it is also a chemical exfoliation, targeting dry skin on the surface and sticky, oily debris on the skin. It’s so refreshing!”

ABOUT BAILEY:

Bailey M. Swinford is a licensed medical aesthetician at the OVME Dallas studio in Texas. Born and raised in Indiana, Swinford says she came across medical aesthetics while looking for solutions to her own skin conditions. “I became so passionate about skin health and physiology,” she says. After studying at Aveda Institute and National Laser Institute, Swinford has been practicing medical aesthetics for five years and says, “I love nothing more than helping my clients find their healthiest skin.”

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Bailey M. Swinford, LME

Medical Aesthetician

OVME Dallas

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