Skin Care Product Tips

The beauty industry is a multi-million dollar market which offers plenty of products out there for all to use and explore. There are good products, high end products, over the counter products and then there are products that are just ridiculous. I constantly get asked, “What should I use on my skin?” My reply, “What are you trying to accomplish, and if you could change one thing about your skin, what would that be?”

I always recommend to my clients that you should always have a good cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. If you only clean your skin once a day it should be at night as your skin regenerates itself while we sleep. It is also a good idea to clean off all makeup, environmental pollution and any dirt and oil you have picked up during the daytime. Your pillow will appreciate a clean face.

A cleanser must clean the skin but never strip it of its natural oils or moisture. A cream cleanser is good for people with sensitive and normal skin. A gel cleanser is recommended for someone with oily combination skin. A cleanser with exfoliation beads in it is great as long as the exfoliation beads are rounded and does not have rough edges as this can cause small cuts in the skin while you exfoliate. Cleansing scrubs with crushed apricot seeds or walnut seeds do not make good exfoliators for the face because the exfoliating ingredient can be harsh and cause small cuts and abrasions to the skin.

A moisturizer that is a lotion will be lighter in texture and is usually recommended for someone with oily or combination skin. A moisturizing cream is recommended for someone who has dry or extremely dry skin. It is also common for one to use a lotion during the summer months as it is warmer, and a cream during the winter months as the air is dryer.
Sunscreens come in all different varieties. What you should know when purchasing sunscreen: sunscreen should be UVA and UVB (Broad Spectrum) protection. Also look at the packaging for any expiration dates. In 2012 the FDA started putting standards in place for over the counter sunscreens. Sunscreens no longer can say they are “Water Proof” they must say they are “Water Resistant.” Look for products with Titanium Dioxide, and Zinc in them. Also Parosol 1789 is also another ingredient that will give broad spectrum coverage. Applying sunscreen to the skin 15 minutes before going out is best. Reapplication of sunscreen every 80-90 minutes is the key to protection from the harmful rays and sunburn. Wearing a hat with a 3 inch brim is also highly recommended and can help with preventing skin pigmentation.


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