SKIN CARE 101
Your skin is your body’s barrier, protecting you against the elements and disease. You can do your skin a favor with just a few simple skin care basics, and by getting attention from a dermatologist when your skin experiences any condition that’s out of the ordinary.
Cleanse, nourish, protect — those are the three skin care basics that will keep skin looking, feeling, and functioning normally. Because these skin care steps all rely on products, start by choosing them wisely. Remember that skin care products aren’t regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so you need to be a careful shopper.
Look for products tailored to your skin type, but at the same time, beware of too much hype about the results you can expect.
Keep in mind that serious skin conditions usually need the care of a dermatologist, a skin specialist, who can prescribe effective perscriptions and treatments that have FDA approval.
Skin Care Basics: Develop your 3-Step Plan
With only a few products and a few minutes, skin care will be a fast easy task that will bring amazing results to your skin:
1. Cleanse. Dry and sensitive skin need cleansing just once or twice a day, but even oily and acne prone skin will benefit from gentle skin care — over washing can be irritating and chap the top layer of skin, and dry out your skin.. I recommend washing your face once when you wake up before you apply your makeup to start off with a nice clean palette, as well as cleansing at night — this is most important! Yes I know, just when you may feel the most exhausted — but it’s a must to remove old makeup and the grime of the day The old-school three product skin care system used to call for a liquid toner between the cleanser and the moisturizer, this isn’t necessary but I still use it. Before I apply a moisturized I use a toner because I feel it locks in more moisture. Exfoliating can be part of cleansing, but it’s more of a weekly or twice-a-week step to slough off any dead cells to help reveal a rosier complexion and prevent dry patches, clogged pores and blackheads.
2. Nourish. Moisturizer works by sealing in skin’s natural moisture. If you have dry skin, you may need a rich formula by day and a thicker one at night. For dry skin, the best time to apply moisturizer is right after you shower, when skin has moisture in it and the pores are open. If you have oily skin, Oily skin won’t need a moisturizer to same extent as dry skin, but does need sunscreen, Look for gel, serum or lotion products instead of creams as then tend to be lighter and made for skin the produces a lot of sebum.
3. Protect. It can’t be said often enough: Sun protection is vital for every skin type, every complexion, and every day because, by far, what causes skin to age and causes skin cancer is the sun. Wearing avoiding peak sun hours, and applying sunscreen is crucial to avoid skin discoloration and wrinkles over time. Look for cosmetics, from moisturizer and foundations to lipsticks and chapsticks, that include SPF, but if you’re going to be in the sun for any longer than it takes to get in and out of your car, use a sunscreen that offers UVA and UVB protection (at an SPF of at least 15) to guard against sun exposure and sunburns as well as skin cancer. And don't forget to reapply often.
Your makeup can protect your skin in other ways, too. Today’s formulas often make cosmetics more like skin care products. These beauty workhorses may contain ingredients that can soothe dry skin, lessen wrinkles, or fight pimples, depending on what your skin needs. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests looking for products with antioxidants that increase skin health by fighting cell damage, and reinforce sun protection.
You might only think of a dermatologist in terms of treating a serious skin condition, but a skilled dermatologist can advise you on skin care and skin protection as well as any problems with the health of your hair and your nails. Some dermatologists specialize in areas like mature skin and are a great resource for effective anti-aging techniques and products that can be part of your everyday skin care.
Talk to your primary care physician about when to see a dermatologist for a body check and which of these common skin care woes and conditions will benefit from a visit to this specialist:
Skin Care: When to See a Specialist
· Acne: clogged pores, pimples, and inflammation
· Brittle nails and other nail problems
· Contact dermatitis, allergic or irritant skin reactions to certain products
· Excessive perspiration
· Hair loss
· Hives, moles or skintags
· Psoriasis, the skin condition characterized by scaly, inflamed skin plaques
· Rosacea, the skin condition characterized by broken blood vessels, flushing, and pimples that may be mistaken for acne
· Sensitive skin: burning and stinging from products without any obvious irritation
Your dermatologist can be your skin specialist at every stage of your life, from treating blemishes that may affect you in your teens, twenties, and even into your middle years, to helping you undo sun damage or manage conditions like rosacea and wrinkles that may appear later in life.
I hope this helped all of you wanting tips on how to care for your skin. It’s not a hard task to learn and it is something easy and simple you can do to preserve you skin and keep looking fabulous into your later years!
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