With the vast selection of skincare products and procedures available in today’s ever-growing market, it can be difficult to decipher which products are necessary in your daily routine. At Guelph Facial Plastics, we believe every patient should use three products as the basis of their skincare regimen, no matter their skin type.  

As one of North America’s top cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeons, Dr. Matthew Brace has researched and personally uses his top recommended products for optimal skin health. Although everyone’s skin is different, the following is a good place to start your skincare products:


Many treatments, serums and ointments are able to effectively mitigate specific skin concerns, however none are as impactful as Retinol. Retinol is an extraordinary skincare product able to simultaneously reverse signs of aging, improve uneven skin tone and clear breakouts caused by acne. With over 40 years of established research, Retinol is clinically proven to deliver significant long-term skin benefits. The FDA-approved chemical compound of vitamin-A works to reach deep within the skin to rebuild collagen and boost cell turnover. By helping to reveal new skin faster, Retinol leaves smoother, clearer skin in its wake.

Unlike the majority of skin care products which promise immediate results, Retinol improves skin over time. During the first month of use, skin conditions may worsen especially for those prone to acne. However with continued use, skin will cycle through and gradually show improvements. Dr. Brace recommends incorporating Retinol into your routine a few days a week, until skin becomes accustomed to its powerful formulation. At Guelph Facial Plastics, we trust the effective Retinol products from the scientifically-backed skin care brand SkinMedica.

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Perhaps one of the most skipped yet most important steps to skincare: moisturizer. Dr. Brace recommends moisturizing morning and night as the last step in your skincare routine. Compared to other categories of skin care products, moisturizers have a wide variety of formulations, ensuring consumers of every age and skin type can find one suitable. Moisturizing earlier in life is especially important, as providing the skin with constant moisture can drastically decrease the risk of premature aging.

Those who moisturize regularly develop fine lines and wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Dr. Brace recommends thinking of moisturizing as you would drinking water; your body can’t go many days without water just as your skin can’t go many days without moisture to function and reproduce at peak performance.


No matter the time of year or weather, neglecting to apply some form of sun protection can increase your risk of developing wrinkles, sun damage, or even skin cancer. Approximately 7,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer by the end of 2017; however only 14.3 per cent of men and 29.9 per cent of women apply sun protection to their face and body regularly. Incorporating this SPF into your daily skincare products is a must. To skip an added step in your skincare routine, look for moisturizers that have a built in SPF of 30 or higher.

Before you spend any extensive time outside, such as a tropical vacation, ensure you speak to a skin care professional about your skin’s needs as some people require more protection and precaution than others. Just one burn can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. For more information on this topic read our past blog: Sun Aging. 

For more specific information on Guelph Facial Plastics’ recommended products for you, book your consultation with Dr. Brace.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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