We are so excited to announce that our store has launched on the website. We are stocking everything from EltaMD Suncare Products to GlowbioticMD Skincare, HawrychMD Lash Serum, Avante Foot Peels, Omni Bioceutical Masks, Oxygenetix Breathable Foundations, & much more that can now be delivered directly to your door. This of course also includes Dr. Schneider's very own formulated Medical Grade Products, such has her Luxe Retinol, Pure Blue Hydration Serum, Clear Lip Plumper, & more.
Why leave the house to get your producnts when this option is now open & we are shipping all of our products.
Enjoy a $5.00 flat rate shipping, anywhere in the US for a limited time!
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Retinol, Retinoic Acid, & Retinoids
I’ve never heard a patient regret the decision to invest in a quality skincare regimen that
makes their skin look great! I used to have a lot of different items that I used but now I have a
simple regimen that focuses on the best ingredients with the most science.
Anyone who wants the best in skincare should try to incorporate a retinoid into their routine
as the effects can be significant. These compounds include retinol, retinoic acid and others that
have been studied extensively for decades. There is much validity to their use in our antiaging
skincare! The active ingredient is retinoic acid. Some over the counter formulations can be
effective but at a much slower rate even when used consistently.
Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant. Originally used to treat acne,
they cause skin cells to turn over faster through microexfoliation which improves fine lines and
wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation and creates smoother skin. These powerful products can also
slow down our own collagen breakdown, thereby producing thicker and more plump skin. A
few of the better medical grade retinol products are balanced by other active ingredients that
convert retinol to retinoic acid more quickly, can act as retinols themselves, promote deeper
penetration of product, limit surface irritation and even provide moisture and anti-
inflammatory action to minimize side effects. A few products are now shown to be as effective
as prescription with many extra abilities.
Retinol side effects are variable but include redness, dryness, flakiness, itching and irritation.
They are sun sensitive and so should only be used at night. Do not use retinol products if you
are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Since prescription and physician grade products are required to be extensively skin tested, I
recommend using products that are followed by a skincare expert. Start lower in strength, go
slow 1-2 nights per week and build tolerance gradually. Most of us feel our skin looks a little
worse before it starts improving. I like to recommend using a moisturizer over the retinol at
night to minimize side effects. Gradually build up to at least 3-4 nights per week or every night
if tolerated. Over the long term it will be consistency, not strength of the product that provides
Here we are several weeks into our quarantine for corona virus protection and I finally feel like I’m coming out of the fog. Those first couple of weeks were surreal…I think I was in a state of numb disbelief. Now that we’ve been at this social distancing for a while, I realize how difficult and unnatural it is. Humans are meant to be together not isolated without socialization.
I am fearful of the reality of losing my business; I think about all the hard work, training and experience it has taken to build it over more than a decade. There have been days where I would just sit in my office in disbelief of what has happened. In the midst of this angst and stress, my landlord decided to send out his rent increase.
Wow… I’ve spent my entire medical career watching how someone else’s life can change in an instant, never thinking that it would be my own.
As a doctor, it’s quite uncomfortable not being in control of a situation. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to so many of my patients while they’re at home. It’s quite unique as most conversations occur with my reception staff. Thank you for openly sharing your stories and for your support. Many have said how happy
they are to have work and how they never appreciated their jobs as much as they do now. I hope my own staff feel the same way when they get to return!
Now, I am preparing for life returning to a new normal. There may be a world of good things that emerge from this tragic event. Let’s hope that some lessons well learned will serve us all in the future. Let’s not dwell or blame for what has happened. Let’s move forward and be better than before!
Valerie Schneider M.D.
I recently saw an article written in the aesthetic literature about a popular new trend…patients trying to save money on injectables are purchasing products online and injecting themselves!
PLEASE people…do NOT try this at home! This is a dangerous and frightening trend. As a physician practicing aesthetic medicine, I am shocked that a clinical medical procedure requiring years of training to master has been exploited like this. Even though many consumers want cosmetic treatments to be convenient, cheap and ”drive through”, this is not where to cut corners; it can have permanent damaging results.
Legitimate FDA approved injectable products are not sold to consumers. They are sold only to licensed physician practices for use in those facilities by the appropriate professional. Every physician decides how and where to practice based on each state’s individual laws but there are expected standards of safety and hygiene required for these procedures to be performed successfully and to avoid complications.
In my opinion, injectable fillers should not be done anywhere outside the medical clinic. My clinic is prepared for potential complications, has the products and equipment needed for them and emergency medications on hand.
I have done injectable filler looking into a mirror and it is not as easy as YouTube makes it seem. Videos are not inclusive of the potential problems that can develop. This is part of the ongoing medical training many of us engage in to perform these procedures safely.
Consider the following pitfalls: are you prepared to reverse the filler if there is a complication? Do you know how to distinguish between a real neuromodulator and a counterfeit one? Do you know what the potential complications are? Do you know what fillers belong at what depths of tissue? Are you prepared for an acute allergic reaction? How about the limited time you may have to correct an ishemic event or even blindness? Any worthwhile injector will be prepared for all of these issues and many more.
Let us experienced medical professionals do the job we were trained to do. This outrageous trend should not progress if the public is educated and declines to support such a dangerous method of treatment.
Valerie Schneider M.D.
The EBWC 2020 was just last week.
We had a booth last year and had such a good experience that were we so excited to be there again this year.
We provided some live services such as microneedling seen in the video above. For that we used our Rejuvapen and applied OmniBioceautical Innovations Growth Factor Serum.
Leave a question below if you'd like to know more.
Every year I get together with my best friends from college for an extended girls weekend. We find a place to meet and everyone brings their stories and pictures to share from the prior year. This has turned out to be something we all look forward to greatly.
A few years ago, we met in Las Vegas. One night we saw a great show, had a leisurely dinner and while we were getting up to leave the restaurant, a group of young Aussie men who were celebrating one’s bachelor party started chatting us up. They wanted to include us in their ongoing festivities. My girlfriend said to them…don’t you know how old we are? The young man cheerily replied…yes, probably about 40 but it doesn’t matter.
Needless to say, for us “over 50 somethings” we were beyond thrilled! Maybe that means we are beating the aging process! We floated out of the restaurant. Actually, 40 likely seemed ancient to them as they could have easily been any of our sons!
We’ll never know what was really meant but for us more mature gals, it was an “ageless” moment we’ll never forget. We repeat the details and relive that particular trip every year! thanks guys!
Many conversations I have during my workday have guided me into the type of education I believe my patients need. First, it’s actually okay to be imperfect.
I am shocked by the amount of frozen, puffy overplumped faces we see out there and wonder how the creators of such unnatural features can see them as a beautiful aesthetic.
I have learned that not everyone has a good aesthetic eye. We live in a sea of human mannequins, all trying to achieve the same firm, smooth, plump, frozen, plastic appearance as the doll in the department store window or the latest housewives TV episode. How did we get here? Why have we as a society decided not to accept our inevitable aging process?
The aesthetic industry is not one of perfection but one of artistry. Creating a softer more youthful appearance with a multitude of tools. The ultimate result is art and function that is pleasing to the eye or provides pleasure through beauty. My belief is when we feel confident about our appearance then we go out into the world and do good things. So… it’s okay to have some laugh lines. After all, we earned them from smiling!
Valerie Schneider M.D.
We all make a common error in using skincare…inconsistency. It is impossible to determine what is working for us unless we give the new product enough time to do its job for our skin. We cannot use a product a few times or over a weekend to figure out if it works. Years ago I went to my own dermatologist and saw that the office sold many different vitamin c products. I asked which one they used and was told to ask the staff about the products. That prompted a mission to educate myself on what we really need for our skin. I did not know the difference between a physician’s medical grade product and what is available over the counter. I spent years educating myself about these issues.
Now I have used the same regimen for years, understand ingredients, use them consistently and see the benefits. This is also the reason I carry a limited selection of products in my clinic as I only want the best for myself, my staff and my patients. Using a product consistently means as recommended for a period of at least 3 months. (You will find
that many skincare items are sold in a 3 month supply)
This month we are the featured ambassador for the company Omni Bioceutical Innovations of Phoenix, Arizona. Check out Omnibioinnovations.com to see our practice featured there. Omni has been our vendor and supplier for the last decade for our human growth factors that we use with our signature microneedling procedures. Many people ask about growth factors, often confusing them with human growth hormones which are something completely different.
Growth factors are specialized proteins within the skin cell that function as messengers. The messages they carry are needed to help the skin cell repair itself. I like to think of a growth factor as a great “normalizer” of the skin cell, communicating to the cell that another behavior is needed to create homeostasis. Our own growth factors often get depleted and less functional by our thirties resulting in our first signs of aging in our skin. This is not the beginning of aging…it is when we first start to notice the results of years of environmental damage and other exposure that has been accumulating. Obviously, every person is different here…our lifestyles, where we spent our childhoods, whether we wore sunscreen, our genetics etc. all play a part but eventually, we all visibly age.
Growth factors are a best friend to the aging process. We need them to function in order to combat the visible signs of aging skin. Our patented growth factor products we use from Omnibioinnovations are hand selected for this purpose from neonatal skin cells in order to achieve the highest function for the best results. No other company or product can do this.
Not all growth factors are created equal. Many have extra, toxic and unnecessary ingredients that can be irritating to the skin. Others are not even from human sources, which weakens their function for a human skin cell. With our serums, we have the highest concentration of the best, patented, hand selected growth factors that you can find all from another actual skin cell. I have been researching other products for a decade and there is not anything close to the quality, concentration and effectiveness of the Omni product line.
Valerie Schneider MD
We at Lucent Aesthetic have had the most privileged opportunity working with Jane Christenson, founder and CEO of Omni Bioceutical Innovations and her wonderful team of professionals.
We began working with Jane before the company started and knew this was a star even back then. It was of the utmost importance that the products worked and had the very best science and technology, something I value greatly in the
products I use and recommend to my own patients.
I personally cannot survive without the daily face and eye growth factor serums. When I exercise, I feel great knowing that I have only the Omni serums on my skin to be soaked up by my open pores. Once, while on a vacation, I realized at the destination that my serum bottles were completely empty. We all know how that is but most of the time we will make do until we get home or just buy a similar replacement. Well… I contacted my nurse who promptly sent them overnight mail because I really could not get through the trip without them!
That experience prompted me to break open the bottle and what I found was with the current packaging, when the bottle is empty, it’s truly empty. There was not one extra drop inside. Always on top of innovation, the Omni company is even giving the best value for their product in something as simple as the bottle design.
When we do Microneedling with the core growth factor serum, we needle the skin which we describe as “aerating the lawn”. The Omni serum is like “adding fertilizer” on that lawn and it is what makes our Microneedling unique. No other product is as pure or has hand selected highest quality growth factors as
the Omni line does. Their patented products are the practice favorite at Lucent Aesthetic here in Walnut Creek!
Valerie Schneider M.D.