1. Have a system. Washing your face twice every day: once in the morning and once in the evening. According to dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm, M.D., director of Art of Skin MD in Solana Beach, California, there is a perfectly good reason for this. By washing your face in the morning, you are preparing you face for the tropical products. (moisturizers, antioxidants and sunscreens) By washing you face in the evening, you are cleaning your face from all the impurities that accumulate throughout the day. (environmental toxins and dirt).
As you no doubt have guessed, this means you have to take off you makeup every night. No exceptions. According to dermatologist Annie Chiu, M.D. of The Derm Institute, makeup keeps the dirt in your skin, stopping the ever important repair of the skin while you sleep. Additionally, it clogs your pores. After you finish cleaning your face, try to put on a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer like Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer. When the first morning rays of sunshine hit your face you will look even more refreshed than you feel.
2. The less heat the better. According to Daniel Abouhim, M.D., founder of Refined Aesthetics, in the cold months, we are tempted to have a hot steam shower very often. However, it is better for your skin to keep the water temperature warm rather than hot. Apply the same advice when you wash your hands to avoid flaking and scaling skin. Additionally, Dr. Abouhim advises to limit the time you spend under the shower and avoid rubbing your skin afterwards. Pat the moisture from your skin with a soft towel is a much better option.
3. Cover up! According to Dr. Chiu, eyes have the thinnest skin on your body and they need special attention. In addition to using moisturizer, also use an eye cream with retinols, growth factors and vitamin C to increase the production of collagen and skin thickness. Other, also vulnerable areas are hands, arms, neck and cleavage. These areas show signs of age and sun damage before other parts of the body. Right after you finish showering your skin is primed to absorb the moisturizer. Apply it then for the best results. Body oil will leave you skin greasy and it will lock in the moisture.
4. Wearing sunscreen is a must. All you need to do is follow one piece of advice and that is to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily, regardless if there is sunshine or not. According to Dr. Chiu, sunscreens help your skin barrier stay healthy, protect against skin cancer, keep pigment even and decrease the development of wrinkles. A broad spectrum formula with UVA and UVB blockers, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide is the best option, says Dr. Palm.
5. Listen to your body. You already know what to do. Get plenty of sleep (ideally eight hours), drink water and eat healthy to avoid breakouts. Antioxidants-rich fruits and vegetables are recommended by Debbie Palmer, M.D., dermatologist and creator of Replere skincare, while Dr. Abouhim highly recommends low-sodium diet against puffiness.
1. Peel off your skin with an at-home peel. Besides using a pealing cleanser 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells, Dr. Palm advises to take things to the next level by with a gentle exfoliation with mixed beta and alpha hydroxyl acid peel for removing dead skin cells and revealing the firm, glowing skin underneath.
2. A soothing sheet mask is the best way to unwind. Feed your skin, encourage collagen production and improve your tone with a soothing sheet mask. For the sheet to do its magic you need to take one day a week to unwind and relax for about 15 minutes. You will be rehydrating you skin with skin healthy ingredients and taking a break from your busy life. Lowering stress levels leads to clearer skin and a decrease in skin imperfections.
3. Keep active. It is understandable that most people think that a workout has anything to do with your skin. However, going to the gym for at least three times a week reduces stress and tightens your skin, which as a result, minimizes breakouts. Additionally, increase your calorie intake with a protein rich in omega 3 fatty acids, e.g. salmon, and snack walnuts and almonds. These prevent inflammations, says Dr. Ahoubin.
4. Do not be careless with your various items. If you do have a first class skin care system, you could be undoing it if you do not pay attention to the various surfaces that you come in contact every day. Cleaning all your cell phones, pillow cases and all make up brushes once a week, is highly advisable by Dr. Plamer. Here is an easy and quick guide on how to clean your make up brushes without damaging them.
1. A full body sugar scrub is advisable. As an alternative to a physical exfoliator, try a scrub in the shower, once a month. Using circular motions over your entire body, gently scrub the sugar into the skin and pay special attention to dry areas, such as elbows and knees. If you feel a tingling sensation that is a good sign that your circulation is activated by the scrub. Rinse it off, and after you have dabbed yourself dry, put on a thick layer of body cream.
2. If you are able choose a chemical peel or an in-office facial. You only need to do it once a month and it is recommended by dermatologist Margarita Lolis, M.D. These treatments minimize and remove dark spots and brighten the skin. Honestly, it is an indulgence but it is much less expensive and intensive than repairing the damage when it is perhaps too late.
3. Update your routine. According to Dr. Chiu, try to tweak your routine occasionally. Try and review everything from your diet to the various products you use. Dr. Chiu adds that “hot summers are a good time to increase the use of pore de-clogging hydroxyl acids, while dry during dry winters we need to use thicker moisturizers. If breakouts appear, or your body does not respond to a product like it did before, it is a good idea to go and see a dermatologist for advice on the best course of action.
4. Stay positive. If a dermatologist office is unavailable to you every month, there are still thing you can do at home to help yourself. Once a month, you should check the expiration dates on your makeup and creams to make sure that the products are still good, says Dr. Chiu. What is more important; examine your skin by yourself. Be very careful and cautious for any suspicious moles. If you find any new moles or if your moles are changing slightly, you should immediately go to a dermatologist.
1. Annual skin screening is highly advice. Doctors place the highest importance on this. One of the most important things you should do is to annually visit a board-certified dermatologist for a skin cancer screening. Please, do not wait for something suspicious shows up on your skin. Routine checks are very important for your health and for detecting skin cancer on time. Pay special attention to the back and the calves. These are the areas where the development of melanoma in women is most frequent.
2. Communication with your skin specialist. This is a great chance for you to check in with your doctor and come up with a plan for your overall skin health. Your doctor can have the best advice for you if you choose to have cosmetic treatments like fillers, laser and tightening procedures. Saving This Advice for Later Use Print and pin this useful info graphic so you never forget the detailed plan of activities for the current year.