During our youth we all may have went without sunblock, cleansing daily, and moisturizing our skin properly. As we age we start to regret not taking the best care of our skin. We wish we wouldn’t have tanned in the sun so much, went to bed without taking our makeup off, and caused so much damage to our skin by being so care free. Skin care maintenance is important not only as we age, but in our youth. A proper skin care regimen can take years off your appearance and keep your skin looking refreshed and healthy. Using a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunblock is the first step in getting your skin back on track and looking better than ever. There are key ingredients in each of these products that you should look for, and it also important to use these skin care products as directed to restore your skin back to it’s former glory.
It’s seems like a no brainer picking out the perfect facial cleanser. Just go to the drugstore, pick the most expensive product (because they work the best), lather, rinse, done. Right? NO! Cleansers are sold in a variety of forms and come with a long list of ingredients. Depending on your skin type, there is perfect cleanser that is marketed just for you. So, before picking out just any cleanser, you should first ask yourself what problems you are facing with your skin. Do you have acne, sensitive or dry skin, oily skin, combo skin, or are you looking for a cleanser that has multiply benefits that could also help with anti-aging? Then pick your poison. Cleansers are offered to you in bar form, gel, lotion, cream, towelettes, and masks. So, which one will be right for you? If you are suffering from acne look for a cleanser that offers the ingredients salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients will cleanse your skin and fight the bacteria that is causing your acne.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Maintenance
If you are fighting the anti-aging battle, look for a cleanser with AHA/BHA ingredients. These cleansers will exfoliate the dead skin and increase cell turnover. Dry skin types should look for a cleanser that will keep your skin feeling hydrated. Humectants or glycerin will keep you skin hydrated and lock in the moisture. Foaming gel cleansers are often best for oily skin types as they are typically oil free and water based. Cleansing towelettes are great for removing make up or coming from the gym, but they can leave traces of makeup or bacteria. So, when using these be sure to wash with a mild cleanser afterwards. Facial cleansing masks are a great way to clean out those pores. Leave on for the recommended amount of time, wash and pat dry. These should only be used a couple of times a week as masks tend to dry out the skin. It is important to cleanse your skin twice daily, and do not over over cleanse!
Now, after you have cleansed your face to your optimal viewing pleasure, it’s time to moisturize. Again, picking a moisturizer suitable for your skin type is essential. Look for a formula that is marketed to you and what your problem areas are. You can now find moisturizers that contain ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, sunblock, and even make up priming abilities. For dry skin, look for a thicker oil based formula with ingredients like antioxidants, grape seed oil, dimethicone that will keep your skin hydrated. Normal skin types benefit as their skin is neither oily or dry. To maintain a normal skin balance it is essential to find a water based moisturizer that is lightweight and non-greasy. Ingredients like cetyl alcohol, or silicone based ingredients are best for normal skin types. Oily or acne prone skin types still need moisture, especially after using cleanser that strip away your skin’s natural oils. A light moisturizer that is marketed as “noncomedogenic” is an excellent choice for oily or acne prone skin as these products won’t clog pores. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to irritations from products, then look for a moisturizer that contains ingredients like chamomile or aloe that are soothing. Also look for moisturizers that are free of dyes, fragrances, or acids that have the potential to cause irritation to your sensitive skin. As we age skin tends to be drier and the glands that produce oil are less active. Mature skin types should look for a moisturizer that is oil-based and contains ingredients such as petrolatum, antioxidants, or alpha hydroxy acids to fight fine lines and wrinkles. These ingredients work together to hydrate mature skin and prevent flakiness caused by dryness. Most moisturizers offer a day and night formula which should be used as directed.
The final step in a skin maintenance regimen is sunblock. Over exposure to the sun is what causes those fine lines and wrinkles. Preventative skin care maintenance starts with a quality sunscreen incorporated into your skin care regimen. The fact of the matter is that most people who are using sunscreen are using it incorrectly by not using enough. People tend to apply on average a quarter to half the recommended amount. Sunscreen should be applied to all areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun. After applying there should be a film or residue that will take 20 to 30 minutes to be absorbed into the skin. Sunscreen should be allowed to set in at least half an hour before sun exposure. It should also be the last product applied on the face as sunscreen can be broken down by foundation or make up that is applied on top. If you are planning on being outside for prolonged amounts of time, it is essential to re-apply every 30 minutes. Is should also be re-applied after any strenuous exercise, swimming, or toweling. A SPF sunscreen with a broad spectrum of at least 15 as been shown to be more effective in preventing skin damage than the application of a higher SPF sunscreen. You can purchase sunscreen in a lotion or spray formula. For those who wear makeup, you can set your makeup with a spray formula that dries to a non-greasy finish.