With so many skincare options out there, it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to figure out what skin-care routine is best for your skin. Not to worry, skincare doesn’t need to be complicated. We break it down into the top 8 tips recommended by dermatologists to help you find the perfect products to help you get healthy, glowing, beautiful skin.
1. Know Your Skin Type
The first recommendation by dermatologists is to know what type of skin you have. Knowing if you have more oily-prone, or dry skin, sensitive or acne-prone skin will help narrow down the right products to use and make sure you aren’t using products that can damage your skin.
Wondering how you know what type of skin you have? You can get an assessment from the experts at Clarity Medspa, or you can do an assessment yourself at home. Wash your face with a mild cleanser. Do not apply any moisturizer or toner, and wait about 30 minutes.
- If you notice that your skin feels tight, especially if you stretch your face or smile this shows that you probably have dry skin.
- If you notice that you have a slight shine on your forehead and around your nose, you probably have combination skin
- If you have a shine on your cheeks as well as on your forehead and nose, this indicates you probably have oily skin.
If your skin gets irritated if you use certain products or you are more prone to allergic reactions, or you have eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea you probably have sensitive skin.
Cleansing is one of the basic steps of a skincare routine. Cleansing removes dirt, oil and impurities from the surface of your skin. Be sure to cleanse your skin in the morning and before bed at night. The type of cleanser you use will depend on your skin type. For oily or acne-prone skin, a cleanser with salicylic acid can be helpful and for dry skin, a mild milk-based cleanser can get your skin clean without drying.
Moisturizing is the second step in a basic skincare routine. You want to moisturize your skin immediately after cleansing. Moisturizer helps keep your skin looking smooth and feeling soft and also helps to protect your skin’s outer protective layer. Moisturizers can also prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Sunscreen is a vital protective layer that prevents environmental damage to your skin caused by the sun’s UV rays. UV rays damage the outer layer of your skin and can lead to cell damage and an increased risk of skin cancer. They also cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop. You should use a sunscreen that is at least a 30 SPF broad-spectrum every day, even on cold cloudy days.
5. Evening Routine
Your basic skincare routine can be done morning and night. Though you don’t need to wear sunscreen at night. Some people also like to use a thicker moisturizer at night to help repair any damage done to the skin during the day. It is very important to wash your face and moisturize before bed.
Once or twice a week you may also want to add an exfoliation treatment to your skincare routine. Exfoliation products use small gentle abrasives such as sugar and salt to scrub away dead surface skin cells leaving a clean smooth surface to your skin. They can also come as chemical exfoliators that are ingredients in skincare such as alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid and lactic acid.
7. Treat Underlying Skin Issues
It is best to learn more about your underlying skin problems by doing research or applying to an advanced aesthetics academy like Gina’s College. Many people want skincare products to help with underlying skin issues such as acne, scarring, pigmentation or wrinkles. There are products to help with every skin issue from eczema to Botox dermal fillers for wrinkles. It is best to talk to your dermatologist to find the best option for any underlying issues.
8. Active Ingredients
A number of products contain active ingredients to help treat skin issues. Some of the most popular ingredients include:
Retinoids – These are a form of vitamin A that are known for their ability to help prevent the signs of aging by stimulating new skin cell growth.
Vitamin C – vitamin C helps to produce collagen and when applied to the skin is also an antioxidant that helps to fight UV damage from the sun. It also helps in lightening sun spots and reversing UV pigmentation.
Niacinamide – this is another vitamin, vitamin B3 that when applied to the skin can help with acne, rosacea and reduce signs of aging.