Your daily skin care routine is the single most important contribution to maintaining healthy and great-looking skin. At the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, we can prescribe periodic in-office treatments to help your skin look its best, but only you can perform the necessary contribution of daily skin care. Here are some tips to guide your skin care routine to promote and maintain healthy, glowing, and youthful-looking skin.
Know Your Skin
Every person’s skin is unique, and your skin care routine should match the uniqueness of your skin. If you do not understand your skin, then your skin care routine is probably not ideal.
Have your skin professionally evaluated to learn whether your skin is normal, oily, dry, or a combination. A professional evaluation will identify specific areas that might need special treatment and determine their degree of oiliness or dryness. If it’s been many years since your last evaluation, it is likely that your skin has changed and it may be time for another.
We can perform a detailed evaluation of your skin and recommend a skin care routine. Please contact us today to learn more.
Skin Care Basics
Although your skin care routine will be customized to your skin, it will include some or all of the following:
Active rejuvenation (or other relevant) products
This routine will help your skin to shed environmental contaminants and dead skin that can lead to dull skin and acne while providing it with essential nutrients that will keep it healthy and elastic. The result will be healthy-looking skin with dramatically fewer wrinkles over the years.
Most people need to cleanse their skin twice daily, but for some people once a day is sufficient. Pick a cleanser that is free of soap, dyes, alcohol, and fragrances. Use your hands to apply the cleanser rather than a washcloth, then rinse with warm water (hot and cold water can lead to broken or enlarged capillaries). If you desire a more thorough cleanse, we recommend the use of an ultrasonic cleansing brush (such as Clarisonic Pro or Mia). Don’t strive to remove all of the natural skin oils–some should be left. Pat your face dry, leaving it slightly moist.
Toners often contain irritants and should be used sparingly (if at all). If you have very oily skin, a toner may be necessary, but most should use a toner only occasionally when removing stubborn makeup.
For most people, moisturizing is an essential step. Even if you have a naturally oily complexion, it is often better to moisturize than to skip this step. Moisturizing allows you to directly give your skin nutrients that otherwise need to filter through the body’s systems and may never reach your skin due to your body’s changing priorities. Of course, the moisturizer you use and how often you use it should be determined by your skin’s needs.
Exfoliation is the process of removing the mostly dead outer layer of skin. This exposes the fresher layer of skin below the surface, helping you to look younger, and can improve the penetration of nutrients. Exfoliation should be performed using an ultrasonic skin care brush (such as Clarisonic Pro or Mia). It should not be performed more than once daily. The use of abrasive exfoliants or scrubs are discouraged because of their tendency to irritate the skin.
Facials are a form of exfoliation and can include a mild chemical peel or microdermabrasion that can remove a precise amount of dead skin and prime the skin for delivery of nutrients. Many people enjoy facials and the relaxing opportunity they provide, making them a pleasant complement to your regular exfoliation routine.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun damage your skin, leading to discoloration and premature aging, and ultimately contribute to a higher risk of skin cancer. Avoid prolonged sun exposure (especially during the hours of highest intensity sunlight: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.). Ideally, cover or shade your skin, and when you anticipate sun exposure, use an appropriate sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Treatment for Acne, Wrinkles, and More
All of the above are preventative measures to avoid the development of unhealthy skin, including acne, wrinkles, and sun damage. But if your skin needs it, we offer acne treatment and many varieties of wrinkle treatment. We can also treat sun spots, birthmarks, spider and varicose veins, cellulite, scars, unwanted hair and more.
To learn more about the best skin care for your face, please schedule a consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today.