The Many Benefits of Retinol

Written by Nicole Hackett, Master Esthetician
When considering what products to use in your skin care regimen, Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, should be at the top of your list! This ingredient is the gold standard for anti-aging. Essentially, it increases the cell turnover rate, which starts slowing down the older we get.  Retinol comes in many different forms, including  creams, serums, moisturizers and gels.  You can also get prescription-strength retinol. When you begin using Retinol, start slowly (1-2 times per week) and gradually work your way up to using it daily if your skin can handle it.  Sometimes it can cause your skin to feel dry and you may experience some flaking. This is a sign to cut back the usage and to also apply a good hydrating moisturizer. It is highly recommended that you use products that contain Retinol at night, because it makes your skin sensitive to sun light, and be sure that you are using your SPF daily!
The top benefits of Retinol for your skin: 
  • Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fights acne
  • Increases skin firmness
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Increases collagen production
  • Fights free radicals

If you’d like to speak to our estheticians about ways to love the skin you’re in, call our office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary private consultation!

Berman Cosmetic Surgery - 3 Summer Must Haves for your Skin

3 Summer Must Haves for your Skin

Written by Jacqueline Seabra, Master Esthetician

Summer is that time of the year when sweat glands and sebaceous glands are more active – meaning the skin clogs more easily. You need a good regimen to maintain your skin and keep it free of blemishes, while protecting it from harmful UV rays.

Seeing a need for a great skincare solution for our clients is what prompted Dr. Berman to create his own line of skincare products. As a master esthetician, I cannot say enough about our 3-step plan for gorgeous skin, which consists of a daily scrub, Vitamin C serum, and tinted moisturizer.

These 3 products are all you need to set the stage for beautiful summer skin: 

    This mild brightening scrub is environment friendly with micro-beads to gently and effectively polish the skin by removing excess oil, residues and impurities. As a brightening agent, it contains Arbutin, a natural brightener that inhibits melanin production, Glycolic and Salicylic Acids to assist with cell renewal, and Vitamins A, C, and E, which work as powerful antioxidants.
    This unique serum delivers the most stable form of ascorbic acid to the skin using a special liposome-encapsulated phyto stem cell and peptide delivery system. This powerful antioxidant can be applied both morning and night to combat free radicals.

    This luxurious tinted moisturizer, enhanced with green tea extract, is the perfect combination of an antioxidant moisturizer and sun protection, made with 16.2% Zinc Oxide. It will also block both UVA and UVB rays. Its’ unique Universal Pigment Technology provides a sheer, healthy touch of color for all skin tones.

In addition to these 3 must-haves, our Berman Cosmetic Surgery skincare line has everything else you need to customize your skincare regimen according to your individualized needs and concerns. View the complete line >

Great skin is just part of your skin care regime. If you have more serious concerns you’d like to address, including hyper pigmentation, acne scars and fine lines,  you may want to consider our Picosure laser facial, which gives great results with NO downtime, or one of our popular skin care facials or chemical peels.

If you have questions or need help finding the perfect skincare regime, please call us at 703-406-244 to schedule a complimentary consultation with me. Here’s to healthy, glowing summer skin! 

My Experience with the PicoSure Laser Facial

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As a Master Esthetician, I can truly say that I’m delighted with the results from PicoSure, which is a minimally invasive treatment. As I’m every defensive about what goes on my skin, I wanted to try the facial treatment without any numbing/ I was a little skeptical, but definitely willing to try.

I will note that I do have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort in general, but I found it to be minimally uncomfortable – a heat sensation that I’ll describe as intense but at the same time, it felt good. The PicoSure laser concept is about bringing heat to the skin to induce collagen production and thus resurface the skin. With that thought it mind, I can say it actually felt quite pleasant to me.

It’s a quick procedure, with no  redness or just a small amount, which can be easily covered up with makeup. After each of my two treatments (I will do a third in a months time), I kept working in the office and treating patients, and did not even apply any makeup because I experienced no redness. I found the PicoSure laser facial to truly be a no-downtime procedure with great results.

Even though I wanted to do the PicoSure treatment without applying the numbing cream, most people will want to apply the numbing cream 30 minutes prior to the treatment and cover the area with Saran wrap (for greater absorption), so it will be completely painless.

Remember, you should stop all active ingredients, such as Retin-A or other acids, on your face for 3 days prior to your Picosure laser treatment. You will likely need 3 treatments to see your desired results, each one month apart. You must use a sunblock between treatments when you are in the sun.


Jacquline is a Master Esthetician at Berman Cosmetic Surgery & Skincare Center. Learn more about Jacqueline and the rest of the team here.

Want to schedule a skin consultation with Jacqueline? Click here or call 703-406-2444 to schedule now![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/3″][image_with_animation image_url=”4607″ alignment=”” animation=”None” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Master Esthetician, Jacqueline, one hour after her PicoSure facial. Notice the absence of redness – she was able to continue to work and see patients immediately! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Lengthening The Results Of Your Facial Treatments

Want to extend the benefits of your facial treatments? We offer a complete line of products that can lengthen the results of microdermabrasion. This skin rejuvenation treatment is used to gently exfoliate your skin while removing the thicker and uneven outer layer.  The results are amazing and this treatment will leave your skin feeling soft, and supple with an even-tone, similar to if you were wearing make up.  Unfortunately, because of the free radicals that surround the environment, along with lifestyle and skin metabolism, these results are temporary.  Lengthening the optimal results of this procedure is what most patients seek.  In order to do that, we offer three magic products that will leave your skin feeling exactly like it did immediately following your microdermabrasion.




Step 1: Cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser.

Step 2: For 2-3 minutes, rub your skin with the Skin Ceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub.

Step 3: Pat the skin dry and apply the Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque. Wait for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Use a warm face towel to remove product.

Step 5: Pat the skin dry and apply Hydrating B5 Gel serum.

Step 6: Finish with your favorite moisturizer.

Using these three products together has helped many patients lengthen the results of their microdermabrasion facial treatments.  The Micro-Exfoliating Scrub is gentle, yet will restore the skin’s moisture balance.  Finishing with the B5 Gel will seal the moisture in and add extra hydration with essential vitamins.

Our Master Estheticians would be more than happy to assist you in addressing all of your skincare concerns and customize a skincare regimen just for you!  Call our office at (703) 406-2444 and schedule your complimentary skincare consultation today.