It can be overwhelming trying to select the proper products for your skin. There are so many brands on the market, and so many ads promising miracles. I often have clients tell me they don't believe in skin care because they have "tried everything and nothing worked".
Here is an easy-to-follow guide to finding the best skin care for you:
1) Keep it simple and start off with SPF sunscreen
UV exposure from the sun accounts for both skin aging and the development of skin cancers. Using an SPF every single day is an easy first step to take.
Choice a broad spectrum SPF product with a minimum of 30 SPF. I generally recommend an SPF 50. And make sure to reapply your SPF every 90mins to 2 hours, or more often if you are swimming.
I wear sunscreen every single day, including the winter, including in the rain.
My preferences is for mineral based products containing titanium and zinc.
2) Add a Moisturizer
Moisturizers help minimize fine lines and protect the barrier function of your skin. Dry skin is prone to cracking and irritation, leading to increased infection, and break outs. Dehydrated skin enhances the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It's ok to use a moisturizer with an SPF in it but you should not replace your SPF with a moisturizer/SPF combination. A recent study showed that those who rely on their moisturizer to provide their SPF protection often end up with more sun damage. This is likely due to not applying enough product and not reapplying the product.
Apply your moisturizer first, then your SPF.
3) Decide which skin concern is most important to you and pick one product to address it first
There is no one product that can address all the signs of skin aging or all skin concerns. Keep it simple by starting with one product to target your primary concern.
Adding more than one new product at a time can also lead to skin irritation.
4) Look for Non-comedogenic or Non-acnegenic on the label
You don't want a product that could lead to plugging up of your skin causing black heads or break outs.
5) Use a product for your skin type
Decide if your skin is sensitive, oily, combination, or dry and look for products formulated for your skin type. Oily skin still requires a moisturizer, as oil production and moisturize barrier are two different aspects of your skin!
6) Be patient
Skin care products are not magic potions. It takes time to see results - give your new products 12 weeks to work. Remember, healthy skin is a marathon, not a sprint
7) Be realistic
Skin care products alone cannot erase all the signs of aging from your skin or keep you young forever! Best results come both from high quality products used consistently and in clinic treatments like laser peels, facials, and injectables.
If a skin care product is promising results that sound too good to be true, then they are! Don't get tricked into spending money on false claims and pyramid-scheme skin care.
8) Use your products in the correct order
It's easy to remember: CLEANSE - use your cleanse with warm water, do not over scrub
CORRECT - use your one product targeting your main concern
MOISTURIZE - apply your moisturizer
PROTECT - apply your SPF
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