One of the easiest ways to improve your self confidence and keep your skin looking and feeling young is with a good skincare routine. There are a lot of different ways to keep your skin clear and moisturized, and usually all you need is a little commitment.
The best skincare routine involves having a daily and nightly plan. At night and in the morning, you’re going to want to start with a cleanser. A good cleanser is the perfect basis of a well-balanced skincare regimen. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is a good start. There are many cleansers out there, and finding the right one can take some trial and error. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a product that’s all natural or organic. These cleansers work well, but don’t contain some substances that can cause irritation. Apply cleanser to your face with your fingertips, using lukewarm water. Using a washcloth or sponge can cause irritation. Only clean your face in the morning and night, unless you sweat from a workout or physical activity. Overwashing can dry your skin out.
If you have a cosmetic or medical skin condition like acne or rosacea, your dermatologist may have prescribed topical ointment to treat it. If that’s the case, this medication should be applied after cleansing. Apply this product with your fingers delicately, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Next comes the big one: moisturizer. Moisturizer is going to provide your skin much needed hydration, and many are also designed to supplement your skin’s natural production of moisture-retaining proteins like hyaluronic acid. If you have oily skin, or it’s summer time, you may need to use a lighter moisturizer than people with chronically dry skin. Heavier moisturizers are often called ointments or creams. Lighter moisturizers like gels or daily moisturizers may be your best bet if acne is a problem.
Many moisturizers contain sunscreen. If yours does, great! If not, you’re going to want to apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher in this step as well. If protecting your skin from dryness is important, protecting it from sun damage should be critical. Sun damage can cause premature aging and wrinkles. In some cases, sun damage can develop into unsightly actinic keratoses, or in many cases, skin cancer. Skin cancer is very treatable when detected early, but keeping your skin safe from the sun greatly lowers the chances of ever developing it.
When applying medication and moisturizer, take care when applying near the sensitive skin beneath your eyes. Too much pressure can cause irritation, so it’s best to apply things to the undereyes with your ring finger. The ring finger is the weakest finger, meaning it’s going to be the gentlest touch for that extra-thin area of skin.
Besides offering you more specialized advice, your dermatologist is also able to offer you some extra help when it comes to keeping your skin looking and feeling clear and moisturized. A facial is a great way to relax, but it can also help rejuvenate your skin. Facials are like a skincare routine turned way up. Your doctor will start by cleansing your skin, often incorporating a massage into this step and when moisturizing. Some facials incorporate a steaming after the cleansing is complete. A facial steaming helps to provide moisture and opens up pores, meaning your face gets even more clean. Moisturizer is the final step in a facial, and what kind your dermatologist uses depends on your needs. There are specialized facials for people with extra dry, sensitive skin or oily-acne prone skin, and your doctor can help you decide which is right for you.
No matter your experience with skin care, there are always ways to make your skin look and feel even better. If you’re looking for more tips, call the skincare experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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