by: LOGAN GREEN, Medical Aesthetician
SKIN CARE AESTHETIC CENTER
If you’ve been on the social media train long enough, you know that when it comes to taking the perfect selfies, clear, smooth, wrinkle and blemish-free skin is a must. And when good skin days don’t come by often, you are able to count on an artsy filter or a clever editing app. To instantly kiss those imperfections goodbye. Or, you can begin taking better care of your skin and I am going to share with you the 3 easiest ways to do that. After all, Ideal skin doesn’t only let you go #nofilter
1.) REGIMEN BASED ON YOUR SKIN TYPE
Many products on the market claim to be designed for a specific age group (especially for those woman over 50 who now are supposed to have “mature” skin), but age is NOT a skin type. No matter the age you need to have a good care regimen. Dr. Michael McKay says “ It’s never too soon to start taking care of your skin, your skin will last a lifetime.” Skin types vary from Dry, Oily, Combination, Normal, and Sensitive.
- Dry Skin: Dry Skin will feel tight and dry. It is normal for it to be flaky and crack, especially in the winter months.
- Oily Skin: Oily Skin will feel greasy and shiny all over. If you feel like you’re constantly reaching for the oil blotting sheets, this means you probably have oily skin.
- Combination Skin: Combination Skin usually feels, oily in the T-Zone (the area that includes your forehead, nose, and chin) but dry everywhere else. It can be oily and dry in different locations, but if you notice two or more different textures on your face, it’s a sign you’re dealing with combination skin.
- Normal Skin: Normal Skin feels even and balanced. It’s neither too dry nor oily.
- Sensitive Skin: The Skin type everyone and their mother thinks that they have. And, that’s probably because ALL skin types can be “sensitive”. If you’re like me and your face can handle retinoids and salicylic acid, but gets a little red and irritated when you use a certain exfoliant—your skin isn’t sensitive. You’re reacting to a specific exfoliant, whether it’s because of a specific ingredient, the degree of the scrub, or something else. Sensitive Skin is a skin type however and is mostly a genetic issue, like Rosacea, eczema, allergies, etc. All of these genetic predispositions can and should be diagnosed by your Dermatologist. Not by looking in the mirror and guessing you’ve got it.
Knowing your skin type will make finding a product regimen much easier.
2.) PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
USE SUNSCREEN! Whether you’re tanning on the beach (and yes, you can still get a tan while wearing SPF, insert “eye roll”) One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems. As well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
3.) HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES
Your daily lifestyle plays a pretty important role in your skin health. If we’re stressed, we can expect acne and dark circles under our eyes. If we’re dehydrated, our skin looks dry and flaky. If we’re sick, our faces appear pale. Eat or drink too much we wake up with puffy skin. But get a good stretch of feeling great, exercising and eating right, and we positively glow with health.
Our skin in the largest organ in the body, whatever goes on inside shows us on the outside.
Take smoking for instance, studies find that smoking prematurely ages skin by disrupting the body’s natural process by breaking down old skin and replacing it with fresh new skin. Smoking also triples your risk of squamous cell skin cancer.
So start NOW with taking care of your skin it’s the very first thing people notice about you and never forget!