A lot of people want to know the secret to looking young, and we have it! You MUST keep your skin healthy to achieve a youthful glow. As part of National Healthy Skin Month, we will take the time this November to educate patients on the importance of skin care.
Linda East and Lori Nowell, aestheticians at Columbia Skin Clinic, sat down to share some of their skincare advice that will help you take charge of your skin.
Use a good sunscreen
Getting sun doesn’t only happen at the beach. You’re exposed to the sun much more than you’d expect. Anytime you walk outdoors or even drive, your skin is exposed to the sun, absorbing its harmful rays. Even when you’re inside a building by a window, you could be taking in the sun unless the window has a protective coating. Always use an SPF 30 sunscreen designed with broad-spectrum protection.
Use skin care products designed for your skin type
Many people do not use the appropriate skin care products because they don’t know what their skin type is! First, visit a certified aesthetician that works in dermatology to determine your skin care type. Next, you’ll be able to select cleansers, moisturizers, serums or other appropriate products that will address your skin’s specific issues. Pro tip: Bring in your products during a consultation, so a skin care professional can evaluate them.
Don’t always rely on salespeople for advice
Not all sales professionals are trained to determine skin type, and some are driven by commission. If a salesperson makes a recommendation, request a sample first! Lights in department stores can be deceiving, making it hard to determine if it’s a good fit for you.
Always wash your face and use proper exfoliation
Wash your face in the morning after you wake up and at night before you go to sleep. Removing dirt and bacteria will keep your face clean while avoiding impurities and breakouts. It’s ideal to use proper exfoliation to remove dead skin cells to help maintain a nice glow as well. Dermaplaning is an excellent procedure to consider.
Don’t be misled by false promises
Read the labels of your skin products. If you don’t understand the ingredients, Google it or bring it into a dermatology office for more information. If it claims to have collagen in a jar, don’t buy it. Also, a lot of products make big claims. It’s important to know that no product will ever be able to 100% get rid of wrinkles – only plastic surgery can do that. Products such as a moisturizing cleanser can soften lines.
Drink enough water and eat a proper diet
Most people are looking for a quick fix to get healthy, perfect skin, but it doesn’t work that way. Skin damage doesn’t occur overnight and correcting it can take time. Concentrate on a healthy diet and routine exercise. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it benefits from the nutrition and overall healthy lifestyle like the rest of your body.
If something seems wrong, listen to that voice
If you have a mole that starts changing, start seeing a dermatologist immediately. Skin cancer is the most preventable form of cancer, and it’s also easily treatable if caught early. Listen to the signs your body gives you, and don’t delay making an appointment.
If you’d like to schedule a skin care consultation, contact Columbia Skin Clinic today.