Skin Care: Back to Basics

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Skincare! I could seriously talk about it all day long. Honestly, if I could be anything, and time and money were no object, I would probably be a cosmetic dermatologist. My interest in skin and skincare was probably sparked by the fact my never ending quest to better my own skin. Since I can remember, I have struggled with acne. I can remember seeing a dermatologist for the first time at about age 11. My acne only worsened in my teenage years, requiring basically every treatment known to the dermatological world. Thankfully, after many years of trial and error, I did find something that worked but it was definitely wasn’t easy!

Now in my late twenties, I still struggle with breakouts, and probably always will, but things have stayed fairly under control over the past year. One of the reasons for this, I believe, is that I have found some really great products that work with my skin, not against it. After seeing countless dermatologists and trying endless list of products. I feel I have finally figured things out and I am excited to share my tips with you. Here are my 3 top tips for great skin, now and in the future.

  1. Sunscreen. I know you have heard it a million times but sun protection is the number one thing you can do for you skin right now that is guaranteed to make it look better later. Science doesn’t lie! Wearing SPF every day will slow aging, allow hyperpigmentation (the culprit of uneven skin tone and brown spots) to subside and result in an overall healthier complexion. I have been wearing SPF 50 sunscreen everyday on my face for the past year. That’s right! Every. Single. Day. Rain or shine, indoors or outdoors I have become religious about applying the stuff. If you buy the right ‘screen you will be able to wear it under makeup without feeling like you have anything on. I love Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense.  I used to think that my freckles and uneven skin tone were just the way my skin was, but now that I have seen them disappear I have realized they were sun damage. I could preach about this all day but onto tip two!
  2. Antioxidant serum. Throughout the day, our skin is subjected to free radicals, charged chemical particles of oxygen that circulate the body altering or destroying other cells through oxidation. Free radical generators such as polluted air, pesticides, consumption of alcohol , UV rays and other toxins all trigger free radical formation. They then causes wrinkles, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), and early aging. Sound bad? Presenting the hero – antioxidants! These little powerhouses work to prevent free radicals from assaulting your skin and can even help to reverse damage. The all stars include vitamins C, E, ferulic acid, coenzyme Q10 and others. These skin savers speed up the skins natural repair system and inhibit further damage. I am currently using Skinceuticals Serum 10 AOX+ and although the smell is slightly offensive, I think it’s one of the best antioxidant serums on the market.
  3. Treatment. What’s your top skin concern? Acne? Dryness? Sensitivity? Treat it. If you are going to spend money on anything this is where to do it. Treatments stay on your skin for a longer period of time then a cleanser or toner will, allowing them to work the most! Treatments are typically used at night; however, there are others that can be worn both day and night. For oily-skinned acne sufferers like myself I have had great results using Tactuo (also called Epiduo; treatment available with a prescription only). If your skin is as parched as the driest desert, try a facial oil like Fresh’s Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, or an ultra-hydrating moisturizer like Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense. For sensitivity I love, love, love (did I mention love?) Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Complexion Calming Gel.

Like I said I could go on and on about skincare and skincare products (and I plan to do so on this blog), but these are my top three tips. If you are going to do the bare basics or are just starting to take an interest in really taking care of your skin – do these three things! You’ll be happy you did.

What are your top tips for great skin? Let me know.

 

 

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