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Should I Start a Skincare Routine?

Why Skincare Routine

Your skin is the largest organ and is constantly exposed to the environment. Your facial skin, in particular, is subject to sun damage, irritants, allergens, and pollutants, just to name a few. It is very important to take care of your skin because you’re stuck with it your whole life. A little effort and consistency now can pay off years and decades later, and your healthy radiant skin will showcase the best version of you for a long time.

When Should I Start?

The general rule is, the earlier, the better. It is perfectly okay to start in your 20s. Many people wait to take care of their skin until a problem shows up, which isn’t the best approach. You should start a skincare routine to prevent issues from happening later. One thing to note is that whether if you’re trying to prevent skin problems or to address them, skincare is not a sprint, but a marathon. In order to achieve the best results, it’s better to take care of your skin with a consistent daily routine.

Washing My Face

Remember to wash with lukewarm or cool water. Although hot water opens up your pores, it can irritate and dry out your skin. Try to wash your face twice a day, morning and night. The buildup of oil and dirt on your skin must be removed to decrease irritation, inflammation, and/or acne breakouts.

When washing your face, resist the urge to scrub aggressively, as scrubbing irritates the skin. By using circular motions with your fingertips or with a gentle washcloth, you can effectively remove all the dirt and gunk off your skin.

Use the right cleanser for your skin type. For dry or sensitive skin types, a gentle or creamy cleanser works best. For those with oily skin, a gel or foamy cleanser might be a better option. Water-based alcohol-free cleansers are another great option for all skin types as well.

Here at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we carry two different cleansers (EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser and Alastin Gentle Cleanser) that are safe for any skin type. Remember to pat your face dry; rubbing your face with a towel may cause irritation and redness.

Morning Routine

Mornings are rough; however, it’s important to take care of your skin at the start of the day so that you keep looking fresh throughout the day!

Cleanse your tiredness away with EltaMD Foaming Cleanser, a gentle oil-free cleanser great for sensitive skin. After patting your face dry, apply the appropriate correctives for your area of concern. Have some skin discoloration or dullness? Try out PCA Skin Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum to brighten your skin and target those dark spots! Focusing on anti-aging, Alastin Restorative Skin Complex is a great product to help volumize your skin and get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles.

While targeting those areas of concern is important, it’s equally important to moisturize as well! Nourish and hydrate your skin with Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck as well with PCA Skin Perfecting Neck and Decollete. Finally, always, always, always protect your skin with a sunscreen like EltaMD UV Daily or a tinted sunscreen like Alastin HydraTint Protecting Sunscreen!

Evening Routine

After a long day, it’s important to clear your skin of any dirt and gunk built up. Wash this layer of dirt off your skin with Alastin Gentle Cleanser, great for getting rid of any leftover makeup and environmental pollutants. Reduce any redness and even out skin tone with a retinol treatment like Alastin Renewal Retinol or PCA Skin Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin! Target the delicate eye area with Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye and the appearance of dark circles.

Remember to moisturize before going to bed! The best time for your skin to heal and regenerate is at night, so hydrate your skin with PCA Skin Hydraluxe which also improves skin fullness. As always, don’t forget to hydrate your neck and decollete as well with Alastin Neck Complex which helps improve the appearance of crepey skin, fine lines, and wrinkles!

Call Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery at (703) 705-2100 to learn more about skincare, as well as our other services!

Are All Neurotoxins Created Equal?

There are currently four neurotoxin products on the US market: Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport, and Xeomin. In purely cosmetic terms, these are injections performed by medical professionals to relax muscles that make unwanted wrinkles and facial expressions. They can also decrease sweating in certain areas of the body like the armpits. Botox is the most popular one by name, and the brand name is often associated with the procedure, just like the word Uber is generally known to mean rideshare.

What are the four products, and how are they unique?

Introduced in 1977 as a treatment for strabismus (issues with weak eye muscles), Botox has solidified itself as a frontrunner in the neurotoxin market and is by far the most widely recognized brand. Botox is made by Allergan in the USA and is FDA approved to treat glabellar lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. It has also recently been approved to assist in the treatment of chronic migraines. What makes this product unique is since it’s the oldest neurotoxin on the market, there are lots of studies available to support its use and efficacy. Allergan continues to push research to expand FDA approval for other areas. Results can be seen as early as 3-5 days after treatment.

Jeuveau is the newest neurotoxin on the market. Manufactured in South Korea by Evolus, it was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use about one year ago. Indicated for use on the glabellar lines, Jeuveau is quickly cementing itself as a key contender in the neurotoxin market. A study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal concluded that Jeuveau was not inferior to Botox in its efficacy. Jeuveau boasts an average onset of 2-3 days which sets this neurotoxin apart from its competitors.

Dysport comes from Galderma, which is headquartered in Switzerland. What makes this product unique is that it spreads to a wider surface area. This makes it especially good for use on the forehead and other large areas of the body. Many male patients prefer Dysport for that reason. Some patients have reported an effect within 24 hours of injection.

Xeomin is a neurotoxin manufactured by Merz, headquartered in Germany, as an alternative to the above neurotoxins. Though very uncommon, it is possible for your body to develop toxin-blocking antibodies. However, due to the peptides contained in this product, it is harder for your body to develop immunity to the effects caused by neurotoxin; this is what makes this product unique. Xeomin may be appropriate for patients who do not seem to get the desired effect after years of treatment with another neurotoxin.

Onset of Action

Botox: 3-5 days Jeuveau: 2-3 days Dysport: Within 24 hours Xeomin: 5-7 days How long does it last? The effects of all neurotoxins should last 3-4 months, sometimes longer. It takes that long for the injection to wear off and the body to regain the ability to trigger muscle movement. For this reason, it’s important to establish a neurotoxin regimen to maintain optimal results.


At this point, there is no single product that is the best for everyone. Dysport or Xeomin may work better for some people, while Botox or Jeuveau may work better for others. All four companies exhibit the highest quality in their product, and the indications and dosing for approved use continue to improve. Call Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery at (703) 705-2100 to learn more about neurotoxins, as well as our other services!

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is one of two forms of vitamin B3. It is naturally found in animal-based products such as meat and poultry, and in many grain products. Because of its many skincare and antioxidant benefits, niacinamide is found in many products today.

Why is it good for my skin?

Working with the natural substances in your skin, niacinamide can help improve enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It improves skin barrier function to lock in moisture and reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL), resulting in better hydration of the skin. Niacinamide is also known to reduce inflammation, which helps ease redness from eczema, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions. For that reason, niacinamide can be applied on sensitive skin as well.

What products contain Niacinamide?

At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we have various products that contain this powerful antioxidant to help boost your skin. We proudly carry several skincare lines, including PCA Skin, Alastin, and EltaMD sunscreens.

Some of PCA Skin’s best selling products contain niacinamide, including Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum, which is great for improving dark spots. For a plumping effect, go with the Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum, which also has a unique delivery system to get ingredients working at a deeper level! If you have sensitive skin but want the benefits of retinol, PCA has two options: Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin, and Intensive Brightening Treatment.

PCA Skin and Alastin both feature excellent eye creams that contain niacinamide and are specially made for dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles around the eyes. In fact, Dr. Kim himself uses Alastin’s Restorative Eye Treatment, and it is one of his favorite products!

Don’t forget your neck and decollete! Alastin’s Restorative Neck Complex contains niacinamide and is a great product to improve the appearance of wrinkles and hydrate the skin.

Protecting your skin from sun damage is vital to ensure that your skin looks great now and in the future. Try out EltaMD’s UV Clear SPF 46 (tinted or non-tinted) sunscreen to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays while calming your skin from irritation.

Call (703) 705-2100 for more information about these products and other services!

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Sunscreen in my Blood?

In May 2019, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article that certain ingredients in sunscreen products can be found in the bloodstream. The reaction and fallout were significant; people were calling for boycotts on sunscreens and investigations into the companies that make them. For something as important as skin health and protection, this issue requires a closer look. Does this research imply that sunscreen is bad for you?


The Finer Details

The study was performed by the US Food and Drug Administration on 24 participants across various skin types using four commercially available sunscreens. The participants were given the sunscreen in the form of a spray, lotion, or cream to apply over four days to 75% of their body. The goal was to measure the amount of four common sunscreen ingredients in the blood: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. Blood samples were taken from the participants at various intervals over 7 days. The results were fascinating, to say the least. All four ingredients were found in all patients’ blood samples, even after the four-day period of applying sunscreen.


What does this mean for your health?

Though similar studies have shown the same, significant questions persist. The effects of these chemicals on our health is still unknown and requires further research. In addition, the results of the study demonstrate not that sunscreen is unhealthy or harmful, but that the levels of these ingredients in the bloodstream are too high for the FDA to ignore and not require sunscreen companies to investigate this issue.

In this day and age of health consciousness, terms like organic, all-natural, cage-free, and the like, make us more aware of ingredients in everything we consume, and sunscreen is no exception. With that being said, the risks associated with sun exposure and harmful UV rays are well documented, and medical providers highly recommend the habitual use of sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily use of sunscreen that offers at least 30 SPF, water resistance, and broad spectrum protection, with re-application every two hours of continuous sun exposure.

At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer medical-grade sunscreens that meet the AAD’s recommendations. Our bestseller is the Alastin Hydratint Pro Mineral SPF 36, which is a lightweight sunscreen that provides daily protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. It also boasts a formulation that is rich in antioxidants that protect skin from environmental pollution and improve skin hydration!

We also proudly carry the EltaMD line of sunscreens, with tinted, untinted, and reef safe options! Our recommended daily sunscreen is the UV Daily SPF 40 which is formulated for both normal and combo skin. UV Clear SPF 46 is reef safe and great for sensitive and acne prone skin. It also contains anti-aging ingredients. UV Elements SPF 44 Tinted is water-resistant active sunscreen, recommended for patients who play sports or are otherwise facing the “elements”. Call our office at (703) 705-2100 for more information about sunscreen and other services to help you look and feel your very best!

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Are Chemical Peels for Me?

The short answer is YES. Chemical peels are for anyone and everyone of any skin type.

Whether you have dry/combination/oily skin, light or dark skin, or even sensitive skin, there is a chemical peel for everyone at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery. Here we customize the peel to your specific skin concern and type. Chemical peels help improve many different skin conditions including aging, dark spots, wrinkles, acne, and sensitive skin/rosacea.

Unfortunately, as we age, our skin starts to sag creating wrinkles. Though we can’t stop time to permanently stop the aging process of our skin, we can help our skin with chemical peels. With peels, we can remove the damaged top layers of skin in a controlled manner, revealing the healthier skin underneath. This helps soften the appearance of wrinkles and improves the elasticity of our skin.

For acne-prone skin, a chemical peel is an alternative way to treat your skin. By controlling the oil production and improving skin texture, a series of chemical peels can help reduce breakouts. Additionally, chemical peels allow the skin to shed dead cells bringing fresh, new skin to the surface and allowing acne scars to slowly fade over time.

Experiencing a little discoloration or redness? With chemical peels, you can improve the overall skin tone of your skin while targeting dark spots caused by sun damage. Chemical peels are also a great way to reduce rosacea (redness), leaving a nice, bright skin tone and softer, smoother skin.

Have sensitive skin? Afraid of a skin reaction? There are varying degrees of chemical peels at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery. You may experience mild burning or stinging throughout the treatment; however, this will pass very quickly. The type of peel and the number of layers applied will vary from person to person. However, chemical peels do improve the sensitivity of your skin by reducing the inflammatory response and increasing cell turnover rate.

If you have questions about chemical peels or are unsure if chemical peels are the right solution for you, schedule a consultation at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery by calling 703-705-2100 for a more in-depth review of chemical peels and personalized treatment care.


Post-peel expectations:

Everyone peels differently and it depends on skin type, type of peel, and the number of layers applied. Some people experience “sheeting” where larger portions of the skin peel off, and this is usually for those who are treated with stronger peels. Other sometimes “flake” or do not experience “peeling” at all, but it does not mean the peel did not work. Your skin might feel dry or tight; however, after about a week this dryness/tightness should go away. Patients usually leave with a healthy glow with little to no downtime.


Post-peel care:

After a chemical peel, your skin can be sensitive, thus it is essential to avoid direct sunlight and apply sunscreen (you should be applying sunscreen every day anyway). Additionally, avoid working out, sweating, or swimming for up to 48 hours after a peel, as these activities can increase redness and cause hypersensitivity. Following the post-procedure regimen will enhance your desired results and keep peeling and redness to a minimum.

If you have any other questions or concerns about chemical peel, please don’t hesitate to call to book your consultation at 703-705-2100 or email at!


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Warding Off Saggy Skin

The unfortunate truth is that the aging process is inevitable, and we often see it in our faces as we mature. The key to a youthful appearance lies in two vital proteins in our bodies: collagen and elastin. The framework of collagen and elastin under the skin is key to its integrity and durability, but over time it becomes looser and less organized, leading to a less youthful appearance. Keep reading to learn more about warding off saggy skin with dermal fillers Fairfax, VA.


Collagen is the framework for many of our tissues.  This plentiful protein is found in many body parts such as bones, muscles, tendons, and even our teeth! The word is derived from the greek word “kolla” which means glue, and its job is to hold organs and tissues of the body together. In young people, the body produces collagen in ample amounts to protect and strengthen tissues, including skin. However, collagen production begins to decline at age 25 and continues to decrease with age. It is this decline that leads to saggy skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.


Elastin is less well-known than collagen, but it is an important protein that gives skin the ability to stretch. It also allows skin to have the “bounce back” effect, meaning that when we pull or stretch our skin, it snaps back to its original place.  As we age, elastin production declines as well, which results in less bounce in our skin. This manifests in permanent facial wrinkles, even at rest, as well as saggy crepey skin.

Treatment Options

Though there is no way to prevent the decrease of collagen and elastin, there are ways to help replace the volume due to their natural loss. The most immediate results occur with the use of hyaluronic acid fillers. While most commonly used fillers do not contain collagen, some fillers contain properties that help stimulate collagen production, even after they have dissolved. The effects of fillers can last up to 2 years, and downtime is minimal. At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery we offer the following brands of dermal fillers Fairfax, VA: Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. They are used in various areas of the face that lose volume, including your temples, cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and jawline.

Quality medical grade skincare products also stimulate the cells that make collagen and elastin. By implementing a consistent skincare regimen with quality ingredients, we can help replenish the skin and boost collagen production.  Some popular skincare products that help support healthy collagen and elastin production in the ALASTIN Skincare line is the best-selling Restorative Eye Treatment, Restorative Skin Complex, Renewal Retinols, and HydraTint Pro Mineral Sunscreen. ALASTIN Skincare’s patented Tri-Hex Technology® is specifically engineered to work with the skin to clear out the old collagen and elastin framework that has been damaged by sun exposure and aging, allowing the body to lay down a new foundation for healthier skin.

Dermal Fillers Fairfax, VA

If you have further questions or concerns about aging changes and dermal fillers Fairfax, VA, please call (703) 705-2100 to book your consultation at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, or send an email to!