The GRASS Regimen
I couldn't help but notice that a PA colleague of mine had a beautiful display on her medical suite counter. No frilly flowers or fancy vases. This was a simple, yet chic, display of a vibrantly modern grass. Yes, you read correctly. Grass. Not only did this look pretty, it was pure genius.
I soon learned from her that SkinMedica concocted a brilliant skincare educational tool, "The GRASS Regimen." This tool was developed by SkinMedica to help patients in choosing skincare products. If you know anything about me, it's that I love patient education. You see, "GRASS" stands for "Growth Factors, Retinol, Antioxidants, Specialty Products, and Sun Protection." The categories are an easy to remember, and recognize (think cute grass and product display), pneumonic to aid in formulating a complete anti-aging skin care system.
This category has me jumping up in down in excitement. If I could bring one thing to a deserted island, it would be my growth factor product. Growth factors help minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improve texture and tone. Can you feel the earth shaking? I'm still jumping. This is a great add-on to your current skin care regimen if you are looking to rejuvenate the skin. Let's face it, who isn't?
Another important category is Retinol. Retinol does so many great things, such as stimulates collagen, turns over dull surface skin, and improves texture and tone of skin, to name a few. Mild redness, peeling and irritation is common when first beginning to use Retinol. As you begin, limit use to every second to third evening and increase use as tolerated. Let a medical professional help you to know which product is right for you.
Since our skin is exposed to damaging free radicals on a daily basis, it is essential to protect our skin around the clock. Antioxidants serve to provide a defense against free radicals. Vitamins C, E, and Green Tea, are just a few examples. These products improve skin texture and also give skin a healthy glowing quality.
This category is where your medical professional can really shine as skin care is tailored to your specific needs and overall goals. For example, if you have melasma, or brown pigmentation on the face, a bleaching or brightening cream can be incorporated, as well as supped up antioxidants to get maximum glow. Other common concerns, such as scars or redness, could benefit from products special products, specifically designed for those needs. Every regimen should be unique to the individual.
This category is always on every list, and that's for a reason. It's not typically what people want to hear, but it has proven itself as an anti-aging staple. Since damage from the sun is cumulative, it is never too late to start and it is imperative to overall skin health. Protect with Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sun block. Look for components such as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, which will block the sun's rays from penetrating and harming the skin.
Can you see how with the "GRASS" Regimen patients can quickly, and memorably, get a good idea of what their day to day skin care routine should consist of. I say kudos to those smart folks at SkinMedica who came up with this simple (yet ingenius) idea. I believe it serves to help patients and providers alike in understanding skin care and learning about what products can be incorporated into an effective and comprehensive daily regimen.