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The Ultimate Guide to Facial Rejuvenation Part 1: Your Skin Care Regimen

Imagine walking into a room, radiating confidence with a youthful glow, as your skin effortlessly exudes health and beauty. The secret to achieving this begins with skin care — a journey that goes beyond merely enhancing our appearance. A skin care regimen is a powerful tool that nurtures our skin, the body’s largest organ, to ensure it remains healthy and resilient. It can also be a necessary form of self-care to nurture your well-being, especially when you don’t have time for much else. 

By understanding the importance of skin care and incorporating a comprehensive routine, we unlock the potential to transform our skin and reveal its true radiance. Not sure where to start or how to build your skin care regimen? At Plastic Surgery Austin, we can guide you to the best combination of products for your unique skin and beauty needs.


SkinCeuticals is a globally recognized skin care brand offered at Plastic Surgery Austin. It is revered for its dedication to scientific research and clinically proven, transformative results. The brand has a steadfast commitment to enhancing skin health and combating visible signs of aging, with a product line meticulously designed around these goals. Since its inception, SkinCeuticals has been a pioneer in antioxidant technology, creating high-potency formulas with pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients for optimal skin penetration and maximum benefits.

Endorsed by a worldwide network of dermatologists, plastic surgeons and skin care professionals, SkinCeuticals is more than a line of products — it represents a mission. This mission is to prevent skin aging, protect skin health and correct skin damage, which is reflected in its extensive range of offerings and the remarkable, visible transformations they bring. With SkinCeuticals, skin care transcends routine — it becomes a scientifically validated path to your skin’s healthiest, most vibrant state.

milk + honey® 

At Plastic Surgery Austin, we also recommend milk + honey®, a renowned medical spa where Dr. Sharma is the medical director. This premier medspa offers a range of high-quality skin care products, medical aesthetic treatments and wellness services. With a focus on clean, natural and effective formulations, milk + honey products aim to deliver exceptional results while prioritizing sustainability and ethical sourcing.

Navigating the world of skin care can be overwhelming, but understanding different product types and their unique purposes is essential for a tailored and effective routine. Let’s explore various skin care products and how to use them for optimal skin health and rejuvenation.

Cleansers: The First Step to Rejuvenated Skin

Cleansing your skin is an essential first step in any skin care routine. It removes dirt, oils, makeup and other impurities to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Cleansing also prepares your skin for the products you apply afterward, making them more effective. 

There are various types of cleansers for different skin types and issues, including:

Toners: Balancing and Prepping Your Skin

Toners are beneficial skin care products that help balance your skin’s pH levels and prepare it for better absorption of other products. They should be applied using a cotton pad or ball after cleansing and before applying serums or moisturizers.

Some of the high-quality toners available include:

Serums: Power-Packed Ingredients for Skin Rejuvenation

Serums are lightweight, fast-absorbing liquids containing high concentrations of active ingredients. They are designed to address specific skin concerns and rejuvenate your skin. Apply serums after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. 

Some of the effective serums offered include:

  • CE Ferulic: An award-winning antioxidant serum that provides unparalleled protection against environmental damage while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Bakuchiol Treatment: A plant-based retinol alternative that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • COSMEDIX Affirm Serum: An antioxidant-rich serum that helps protect and nourish the skin.
  • COSMEDIX CPR Skin Recovery Serum: Ideal for calming irritated and sensitive skin while promoting skin recovery.
  • OSEA Anti-aging Sea Serum: A hydrating and nourishing serum that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • COSMEDIX Clarity Serum: Great for acne-prone skin, as it helps clarify and balance the skin.
  • COSMEDIX Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster: A hydration-boosting serum that helps to smooth and plump the skin.
  • COSMEDIX Opti-Crystal Eye Serum: Specifically designed for the delicate eye area to reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.

Moisturizers: Hydration for Healthy, Radiant Skin

Moisturizers play a crucial role in any skin care routine, providing essential hydration and nourishment to the skin. They work by increasing the skin’s water content and preventing water loss, which helps to maintain a healthy, supple and youthful appearance. Moisturizers also shield the skin from external irritants and pollutants by creating a protective barrier on the skin’s surface.

In your skin care routine, moisturizers should be applied after cleansing, toning and applying serums. They should be used in your morning and night routines to keep your skin hydrated.

We offer a range of high-quality moisturizers to suit different skin types and needs:

  • Triple Lipid 2:4:2: This lipid correction cream restores the skin’s external barrier and supports natural self-repair to improve visible signs of accelerated aging.
  • OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream: This lightweight moisturizer provides daily hydration while forming a barrier against environmental pollutants, making it perfect for all skin types.
  • OSEA Advanced Protection Cream: Ideal for dry and sensitive skin, this rich moisturizer deeply hydrates and protects the skin, promoting a healthy and youthful complexion.
  • COSMEDIX Shineless Moisturizer: Specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin, this oil-free moisturizer provides hydration without adding shine, helping to reduce the appearance of blemishes and control excess oil production.
  • COSMEDIX Humidify Deep Moisture Cream: This intensely hydrating cream is designed for those with dry, dehydrated skin, delivering long-lasting moisture and essential nutrients for a plump, radiant complexion.

Oils: Intense Nourishment for Glowing Skin

Facial oils provide specific nutrients to your skin without the addition of water, unlike moisturizers and creams. This makes them beneficial for delivering intense nourishment to your skin, improving elasticity and vibrancy. Apply oils after your moisturizer to lock in moisture for extra hydration. 

Some beneficial facial oils from milk + honey include:

Balms: Calming, Brightening and Moisturizing

Facial balms are a blend of essential oils, herbs and beeswax that come in various formulations for different skin needs. They can calm, brighten and moisturize the skin, helping treat acne, acne scars and more. Balms are effective for retaining water and moisture in the skin after applying moisturizer, and they help create a protective barrier for extremely dry, itchy skin. 

Some potent balms available at milk + honey include:

  • Blue Tansy Balm: Rejuvenates the skin by improving the appearance of fine lines and dull, aging skin.
  • OSEA Blemish Balm: Clarifies and calms the skin, helping to clear and prevent breakouts.
  • Arnica Balm: Provides soothing relief for irritated and inflamed skin.

Eye Cream: Revitalize Your Eyes for a Youthful Look

The delicate skin around your eyes is thinner and more susceptible to damage than the rest of your facial skin, making it more likely to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Due to the unique characteristics of this skin, regular facial products might be too heavy for the area, potentially causing irritation or clogging the pores, leading to issues like milia (small, white cysts).

Eye creams are specifically formulated to target the needs of the delicate skin around your eyes. They typically contain a unique blend of active ingredients, such as peptides, antioxidants and hydrating agents, that are gentle enough for the sensitive eye area. These ingredients work together to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.

Some ultra-nourishing eye creams available include:

Eyelash Care

A person’s eyes are often the first thing others notice, making eye care a crucial aspect of any skin care routine. Apart from reducing dark circles and puffiness, enhancing the appearance of your eyelashes can significantly brighten your eyes and make them look more awake and vibrant.

  • RevitaLash: An award-winning, physician-developed eyelash conditioner that enhances the look of lashes and protects against breakage while improving eyelash health, flexibility and strength.

Sunscreen: Essential Protection for Healthy Skin

Sunscreen is a crucial part of any skin care routine and should be applied daily as the last step before your makeup, with reapplication as needed after sun exposure. You can find moisturizers combined with SPF to simplify your routine, and sprays make reapplying this vital skin protection product a breeze. 

Some age-defying sunscreen products available at milk + honey include:

Masks: Give Your Skin a Boost

Facial masks offer numerous benefits and should be used about once per week based on your skin’s needs. There are various types of masks for different purposes, such as charcoal masks for removing impurities. 

Some exceptional facial masks available at milk + honey include:

  • Charcoal Clay Masque: A detoxifying mask that helps extract impurities and excess oil from the skin.
  • COSMEDIX Clear Mask: A soothing mask that helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and redness.

Skin Care Sets: A Curated Collection for Your Needs

If you’d like help finding products that work well together, consider one of our skin care sets designed to take the guesswork out of your routine. These sets offer a collection of rejuvenating products for various skin needs:

Develop Your Customized Skin Care Routine With Expert Help 

By implementing a comprehensive skin care routine, you can achieve optimal skin health for beautiful, glowing skin. We can help you choose from a wide range of hyper clean, high-quality products that have been carefully curated to address various skin concerns and types.

Call our Plastic Surgery Austin office at 512-838-3658 or contact us online to connect with our team and get started.


Contact our office to schedule a private consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Sanjay K. Sharma, M.D., F.A.C.S.