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Easy Skincare Routine for Busy Moms

As any mom knows, being a mom is one of the most challenging roles on earth. 

As a mom, you keep your household in order, keep the kids in line, and with work as well, it can be hard to find time for yourself. 

At Tim Sayed MD Plastic Surgery in La Jolla and Newport Beach, CA, we want to help you look your best without taking time away from your family. That’s why we’ve put together this easy skincare routine for busy moms.

A Comprehensive Skincare Routine

The goal of any skincare routine is to keep your skin healthy while looking its best. To do this, we need to protect the skin, keep it clean, remove old skin, and keep the skin hydrated. 

These four elements – cleaning, exfoliating, hydrating, and protecting, form the basis of a quick and easy skincare routine that you can complete within 10 minutes every day.


To help protect the skin and also as part of thermoregulation and sweating, our skin secretes oils.

These natural oils are essential to skin health, but they can also build up, collect dust, and clog pores (particularly during sleep and physical activity during the day). With this in mind, a healthy skincare routine involves cleaning your skin when you wake up and before going to bed.

Your morning and evening shower offers the ideal time to cleanse your skin, as it can become habitual along with brushing your teeth. 


Our skin cells are constantly growing and dying, but frequently we need to help our skin shed the dead outer layer of cells to reveal the healthy, young, fresh skin cells lying underneath.

Exfoliating your skin with a gently exfoliating scrub and sponge is ideal for keeping your skin looking young and vibrant.


Keeping skin well hydrated is essential to looking your best. Hydrating the skin helps lock in moisture and prolong the elasticity and structural integrity of youthful skin.

Ideally, moisturize morning and night, straight after cleansing and exfoliating your skin. Again, moisturizing only needs to take 1-2 minutes.


One of the, if not the most important, aspects of a quick skincare routine is protecting your skin. If you adequately protect your skin, you won’t need to pay much attention to it later!

Sun damage is the main culprit for skin blemishes and even more sinister ailments such as skin cancers and melanomas. By simply applying sunscreen before you plan to go outside, you can add years of life to your skin by preventing sunburn. Focus on your face, neck, upper chest, arms and hands, as these are the areas that get the most exposure to the sun.  

Skincare in Newport Beach, CA

To summarize, a busy moms skincare routine needs to include:

  • Cleanse and hydrate morning and night
  • Remove dead skin cells by exfoliating twice a week
  • Apply sunscreen before going outside

Follow these three simple rules, and in as little as ten minutes a day, you’ve got a skincare routine that fits into any schedule and will prolong the health of your skin for as long as possible.

Reach out to Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA, at 858 247 2933 or via this online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

Everything You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

Almost everyone is looking for that magic skincare ingredient that will hydrate, treat common skin conditions, and slow down the effects of aging. There have been plenty of ‘miracle ingredients’ that have been touted in the media over the years, all working to various degrees. One of the newest that has been proven to have real results is hyaluronic acid, also known as HA. Never heard of HA? Here’s what you need to know about this powerful substance and how it can help you fight the aging process.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

A carbohydrate molecule, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body with 50% of it found in the skin. The purpose of HA is to hydrate and lubricate joints as well as connective and skin tissue. It works like a magnet to attract hydration and helps your cells retain as much moisture as possible. In fact, just one gram of this acid can hold up to six liters of water! When you have enough HA, your skin appears hydrated and healthy. However, as the body ages, it naturally loses HA, which can lead to a loss of volume, brightness, and suppleness in the skin.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe?

Because it is naturally occurring in the body, hyaluronic acid is very safe to incorporate into your skincare regimen. Though it is referred to as an ‘acid’, this does not mean it will burn or damage the skin in any way. In fact, it’s milder than other acids that are routinely used in facial treatments such as chemical peels. HA is approved by the FDA and when applied topically or injected into the skin, it is treated as a natural substance by the body.

What Skincare Conditions Can Hyaluronic Acid Treat?

Hyaluronic Acid is one of those superstars that works wonders for any skin types. Its amazing hydrating properties can decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well as stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, more youthful looking skin. It can also treat oily or acne-prone skin, and acts as an antioxidant to fight free radicals and other damaging agents and slow down the appearance of age-related damage such as uneven skin tone, sun spots, and loss of firmness. HA also has soothing properties that can reduce symptoms of rosacea and eczema and aids in the body’s natural healing process, helping the skin recover from damage like sunburn and other traumas.

How You Can Incorporate It into Your Skincare Regimen

There are a number of ways you can benefit from the many positive properties of HA. Buying high-quality skincare products from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon will ensure you get the highest level of HA in a product that is easily absorbed and utilized by your skin. Though some less expensive products may say they have HA, they may not have them in high enough doses to make much of an impact on your skin.

You can also harness the power of Hyaluronic Acid by getting HA-based dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. These substances can be injected into your skin by a professional plastic surgeon or dermatologist to smooth out lines and wrinkles and restore volume to skin that is showing signs of aging. As a dermal filler, HA not only plumps the skin, but it continues to attract more moisture, which hydrates and renews the skin.

Where Can I Get Hyaluronic Acid?

It’s important to talk to a knowledgeable plastic surgeon such as Dr. Sayed before incorporating HA into your skincare regimen. Though using less expensive HA skincare products will not harm you, you will not see the results that come from the professional recommendation and use of HA in high-quality products or in injectables such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for over 13 years. He has extensive knowledge about how to use HA-based products and procedures to create the best results for your unique skincare needs. He has convenient offices in southern California and is known throughout the country as an expert in his field.

If you’re ready to harness the power of HA and experience its hydrating and anti-aging properties, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed today.

Just in Time for the Holidays: Last Minute Non-Surgical Treatments

Getting ready to see family and friends in the coming weeks? With the holidays just around the corner, many of our patients are getting ready to invest hours cleaning their homes and preparing a feast for incoming visitors. In addition to putting care into your home, be sure to practice self-care this holiday season. Non-surgical solutions like dermal fillers, Botox®, skin rejuvenation, and even laser treatments can all refresh your appearance in a crunch. Best of all, treatments are tailored to your specific needs.

Thinning Lips or Sunken Cheeks?

Shrinking lip size and sunken cheeks are common signs of aging that start slowly but quickly become noticeable and detract from your overall appearance. Luckily, dermal fillers come in many formulas and applications, making it a go-to procedure for many patients who want to improve their looks without spending too much time in the treatment chair.

When receiving dermal fillers, the consultation becomes the most important part of the procedure. During this initial visit, we’ll evaluate which of the many available injection options will best address your concerns. At Dr. Sayed’s office, options available include:

  • Juvéderm® Volbella: Ideal for adding volume to lips and filling in fine lines near the mouth and around the eyes
  • Juvéderm® Vollure: Perfect for treating nasolabial folds, this solution is a great option that smooths skin while allowing for natural facial expression and movement.
  • Juvéderm® Voluma: This form of Juvéderm® relies on a thicker, more stable formula to add much-needed volume to hollowed cheeks.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

When we think of the aging process, the development of fine lines and deepening of wrinkles are often the first symptoms that come to mind. Non-surgical treatments like Botox® and Dysport® are great first steps patients can take to help put the breaks on the aging process before it has a chance to worsen.

Derived from the botulinum toxin, both Botox® and Dysport® target and temporarily freeze the muscles responsible for wrinkle and crease development. However, the differences in formula do offer different experiences for different patients. While Botox® injections affect the area where the product is injected, Dysport® may diffuse from the injection site to the surrounding areas. During your pre-treatment consultation, our plastic surgeon will evaluate these differences and help you determine which injection best suits your needs.

Refresh Your Entire Appearance

Looking for a more comprehensive solution to enhancing and revitalizing your appearance? In recent years, liquid facelifts have become a popular treatment year-round. This multi-faceted solution leverages a combination of dermal fillers, neuromodulators (Botox® and Dysport®) as well as laser rejuvenation treatments to help restore our patients’ youthful appearance. As the entire procedure is developed from a combination of non-surgical treatments, liquid facelifts require almost no downtime and can be easily scheduled between family visits and holiday travel.

Regain Your Appearance Today!

Between hosting family and visiting friends, be sure to schedule some time for yourself over the next few months. At Dr. Sayed’s offices in San Diego and Newport Beach, our goal is to help patients look and feel as great as possible. To learn more about quick and effective non-surgical treatments, call our plastic surgeon today and schedule your consultation!