A consistent skincare regimen using high-quality products can help your skin fight the effects of aging and appear hydrated and healthy. Here are tips to help you achieve and maintain beautiful, radiant skin.
Cleansers are a critical first step in your skincare routine. Use day and night to remove the daily oil, dead skin, dirt, and particulates your skin accumulates. This essential step also removes makeup and other impurities to prepare your skin for the next step of your skincare program. Follow these steps for the best results:
Choose a dermatology product that meets your skin’s needs, whether it’s a gentle cream cleanser or mild gel cleanser appropriate for all skin types or one that addresses specific needs such as acne, exfoliation or post-procedure care.
Don’t underestimate the benefits of a toner. It not only gently remove any impurities from the skin that remain after cleansing, but it also helps balance pH, reduces the appearance of pores, and infuses skin with beneficial ingredients. Here are some tips to help you get optimal benefits from a toner:
Use dermatologist-recommended toners (link to toner shop page instead of skincare recommendation guide) that are suitable for your skin type.
The skin around your eyes is more sensitive and thinner than the rest of your face. Therefore, you often see the first signs of aging here. Apply eye cream by using your ring finger to apply small dots from the inner corner under your eye to the brow bone. Use a light touch and tap the skin until the product is fully absorbed. Make your eye cream choices based on your particular needs, from anti-aging to moisturizing.
Antioxidants (link to antioxidant shop category) protect skin cells from the harmful effects of our environment, including pollutants, radiation, and stressors. Some antioxidants provide benefits beyond protection. Topically applied vitamin C can lighten age spots and build collagen. Green tea provides anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce redness. Niacinamide reduces redness while also improving age spots and fine lines.
Exfoliators not only remove dry, dead skin to make the skin look and feel better but also help some skin conditions. Exfoliation brings new, healthy skin cells to the surface. Depending on skin type, a combination of exfoliators can be used to achieve healthy, younger-looking skin. Mechanical or manual exfoliation can be performed 2-3 times weekly with a gentle exfoliating scrub (link to Exfoliating Facial Scrub shop page). Chemical exfoliation can be performed daily – retinoids (link to Retinol Repair Serum shop page) and alpha hydroxy acids (link to Glycolic Repair Cream shop page) are commonly used for chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliators can be applied less frequently if dryness or other skin irritation develops.
Moisturizers hydrate your skin and help reduce inflammation. There is a broad range of skincare products (link to moisturizer shop category instead of main shop page) available to moisturize skin. In addition to serums and creams, moisturizing ingredients can also be found in cleansers and toners. Mature skin or dry skin can benefit from layering moisturizers to get an extra dose of hydration. Moisturizing products should be applied in order from thinnest to thickest (serum before lotion or cream). A richer or heavier moisturizer can be used in the evening, while a lighter-weight formula can be used in the day. With exception to sunscreen, moisturizers should be applied after other skincare products.
Sunscreens are available in a wide variety. Sunscreens can differ in their SPF, UVA and UVB protection, and color (tinted and non-tinted). However, they are not all created equally. For best results, choose sunscreens (link to sunscreen shop category) with at least 30 SPF and 5% zinc oxide. Also, look for sunscreens containing antioxidants and moisturizers.
Download the North Metro Dermatology recommended healthy skincare program to help your skin look its best. Contact us today to learn more about our dermatology skincare products and makeup or schedule a free consultation.
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