The Power Trio of Preventative Skincare: Sunscreen, Retinol, and Exosomes

Modern science is revolutionizing the way we approach skin care. Gone are the days of cold cream and Vaseline – skin care is driven by science.  Cosmetic dermatology emphasizes a comprehensive approach that not only enhances appearance but also nurtures skin health at its core. This perspective has given rise to a new era of preventative skin care, a concept that aligns with the age-old adage: prevention is better than cure. Preventative skin care involves adopting proactive measures to safeguard the skin against external aggressors, premature aging, and a range of common skin concerns. By addressing these issues before they become pronounced, individuals can enjoy lasting skin vitality and a youthful radiance that stands the test of time.  

In the pursuit of radiant and youthful skin, an effective skincare regimen is key. While aging is inevitable, the right preventive measures can significantly slow down the process and maintain your skin's health and vitality, allowing us all to age gracefully. Three standout heroes in the world of preventative skincare are sunscreen, retinol, and exosomes.  Below I explain the benefits of these three essential topicals, and how they work as preventative components to maintaining your skin's youthful appearance.

  1. Sunscreen: Your Shield Against UV Damage

Sunscreen is the "ultimate anti-aging product," and for good reason. The harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and even more serious concerns like skin cancer. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is your first line of defense against these damaging rays.

Regular use of sunscreen helps prevent:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines: UV radiation breaks down collagen and elastin fibers, which are responsible for maintaining skin's elasticity and firmness.
  • Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation: Sunscreen helps prevent the overproduction of melanin, reducing the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone.
  • Skin Cancer: UV exposure is a major risk factor for skin cancer. Applying sunscreen daily can significantly lower this risk.

Dr. Hayag recommends daily sun protection for all her patients regardless of age, gender, or skin tone.  She prefers mineral (physical) sunscreen formulas as they provide the most protection and are safe for those with sensitive and acne prone skin.  

One to try: FABRx The Shield 

A lightweight, full-spectrum sunscreen that contains 20.5% zinc oxide. Also available in a tinted formula.

  1. Retinol: The Youth-Boosting Powerhouse

Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is a skincare ingredient with an impressive track record. It is renowned for its ability to promote cell turnover, stimulate collagen production, and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Incorporating retinol into your skincare routine can have transformative effects on your skin's texture and tone.

Benefits of retinol:

  • Reduced Wrinkles: Retinol encourages the growth of new skin cells, helping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles over time.
  • Improved Skin Texture: By increasing cell turnover, retinol helps reveal fresher, smoother skin with a more even texture.
  • Collagen Boost: Retinol stimulates collagen synthesis, enhancing skin's elasticity and minimizing the sagging that comes with age.
  • Acne Prevention: Retinol can also help prevent breakouts by keeping pores clear and reducing inflammation.

Dr. Hayag prefers retinoid compounds containing additional ingredients that benefit the skin. Her go-to product is the FABRx Alpha Clear The Retinoid.  Her unique, medical grade formula contains .25% retinol along with squalane for moisture to help prevent dry, flaky skin, ubiquinone (CoQ10) and Vitamin C for essential antioxidant protection.   


  1. Exosomes: Nourishing Your Skin from Within

As science and technology advance, the field of cosmetic dermatology continues to introduce groundbreaking solutions to address skin concerns and promote long-term skin health. One such innovation that has captured the spotlight is the use of exosomes in preventative skincare. Exosomes are the latest breakthrough in skincare technology. Exosomes are rich in bioactive molecules, including growth factors, proteins, and nucleic acids. These tiny vesicles are responsible for cell-to-cell communication and play a crucial role in maintaining skin health.  When applied topically, these microscopic messengers can penetrate deep into the skin, facilitating intercellular communication and triggering a cascade of regenerative processes. 

By delivering vital information to skin cells, exosomes enhance the skin's natural repair mechanisms. The result? A more resilient, luminous complexion that is ready to fight the effects of time.

Exosome benefits:

  • Enhanced Skin Renewal: Exosomes stimulate cellular turnover, helping to reveal fresher, more youthful skin.
  • Improved Skin Elasticity: By encouraging collagen and elastin production, exosomes contribute to skin's firmness and elasticity.
  • Targeted Delivery: Exosomes deliver key nutrients directly to skin cells, maximizing their effectiveness.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Exosomes have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm and soothe irritated skin.

FABRx Renew Exo3 Serum is Dr. Hayag’s newest topical treatment serum that combines the groundbreaking science of exosomes and copper peptides with veteran skin care ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.  This revolutionary combination of ingredients hydrates and regenerates the skin, restoring that youthful, radiant glow.  


In the realm of preventative skincare, a well-rounded approach is essential. Sunscreen, retinol, and exosomes each play a unique role in safeguarding and enhancing your skin's youthful appearance. Sunscreen shields you from the sun's damaging rays, retinol works to smooth out wrinkles and improve texture, and exosomes provide deep nourishment for cellular rejuvenation. Incorporating these three powerhouse products into your skincare routine provides a foundation on which we can all build and maintain healthy, radiant skin for years to come. Remember, consistency is key, and consulting with a dermatologist can help you tailor your routine to your specific skincare needs.