Skin care is nothing to be afraid of, but you certainly are going to have some questions as you start to work on your routine. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about skin care.
When you’re starting to explore skin care, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by how many products there are to choose from. Don’t panic! There certainly are a great deal of skin care products, but you absolutely don’t need them all. The variety of available products is designed to tackle different issues, some broad and some hyper-specific. Do you really need an eye cream when you have a moisturizer? Yes, because the skin around the eyes is especially thin and needs a very light moisturizer. What’s combination skin? Combination skin is skin that may be dry and oily in different places. It’s more common than you think, and it requires its own types of products too.
If you’re new to this, you aren’t alone. Your dermatologist can help to answer any questions and make specific recommendations for your needs. The core of a good skin care routine is a cleanser, a moisturizer, and sunscreen with the correct SPF. You can add to and modify these components until you have a routine that’s right for your unique skin and your busy schedule.
Exfoliation is a key component of any good skin care routine. Exfoliation helps to clean the skin of dirt and dead skin cells. But your cleanser should also accomplish this goal, so you can certainly overdo exfoliants if you’re not careful. Since they’re so strong, they’re best reserved for use about twice a week, sometimes less if you have sensitive skin. While cleansing the skin is an everyday thing, exfoliation can help pick up the slack and give skin that extra boost. Used sparingly, exfoliation can greatly benefit your routine and help your skin work on healing and recovery that much quicker.
It’s easy to doubt yourself when you first start a skincare routine. Don’t expect incredible results overnight; stick to your routine and monitor your skin for any negative reactions. These are things you’ll notice first, and if you have sensitive skin, it’s all about trial and error. One good indication that things are working well is that your skin feels moisturized and full. You may also notice that your skin is clearer, especially if you’re working with an acne-focused regimen. Anti-aging skincare may have you scratching your head as you look for results. How do you notice that you’re not aging? This one’s a bit faith-based, really. The products you’re using are specialized to slow the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, but they can’t reverse them. You may notice your skin looks fuller and more plump when using retinoids and collagen. If you don’t have any wrinkles or fine lines of note yet, know that what you’re doing (as long as you follow the instructions of your dermatologist) is helping.
This one’s easy, but you’re probably not going to guess it. What’s the biggest single detriment to your skin’s health (and we’re not talking just cosmetically)? If you guessed the sun, you’d be right. Sun damage can be extremely destructive to our skin. Besides causing premature aging, pigmented spots, and unsightly redness, sun damage can also lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer can be fatal if it’s undetected. You don’t have to live in fear of sunlight; you can still go outside and live your life. But you need to incorporate sunscreen into your daily beauty routine. Before leaving your home, regardless of the season, you need sunscreen. For everyday use, an SPF of 15 or more is necessary. For days when you know you’ll be outside a lot, 30 SPF or greater is important. And it’ll need to be reapplied every two hours to make sure that your skin is protected. If you hate applying sunscreen (you’re not alone), it’s just something you have to work to get over. Some makeup products include sunscreen. Look for an SPF on your foundation, concealer, lipstick, and moisturizer.
Skin care is a tricky thing to master, but you can build your confidence in your routine by educating yourself. If you have more questions about designing a regimen that’s right for you, give us a call today at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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