There is a vast array of skin care products available. There are so many, it can seem intimidating. But don’t be daunted. Our skin needs proper care to look beautiful, feel great, and stay healthy. Read this post to make building or improving your skincare routine simpler. 

Basic Skin Care Steps

Skincare is made up of three necessary steps: cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection. Cleanse your face in the morning, apply a moisturizer, and then apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. At night, you will want to cleanse your face again. If you find it difficult to remove makeup, you can wash your face twice. Do it once with an oil-based makeup remover and one more time with a water-based cleanser. Use any other skin care products like toners, serums, exfoliators, or prescription treatments, and finish off with a moisturizer. 

Know Your Skin Type

Different products can help or detract from your skin care goals depending on your skin type. There’s an important reason that each product says it is for normal, dry, or oily skin, and why some are for sensitive skin.

The easiest way to determine your skin type is to wash your face in the shower and wait a few hours before putting on any makeup or using any products. If your face gets oily or feels greasy, you have oily skin. You can probably tell you have dry skin because it feels tight or looks flaky. Skin can be labeled combination, which means you have oily spots and dry spots. It can also just be “normal,” and have no noticeable oiliness or dryness. 

If your skin reacts badly to products or you can’t figure out what type of skin you have because everything seems to be bad for it, you may have sensitive skin. You might even have a skin condition. If you can’t quickly determine which skin type you have, you can make your life easier and stop wasting money on skincare products that don’t work by seeing a dermatologist.

Addressing Individual Concerns

If you want to address specific skin concerns such as aging, acne, scars, hyperpigmentation, or dry skin, you’ll need products that contain certain active ingredients or have certain labels.

Retinoids are the only proven method of fighting aging, except for sunscreen. Ceramides, niacinamide, peptides, and Vitamin C can help reduce the signs of aging.

Look for products that say they are non-comedogenic if you have a problem with acne or blemishes. This means they are not likely to clog pores. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are helpful for mild and moderate acne, but you should use them with moisturizers because they can dry out your skin. Exfoliating can also help. Try a chemical exfoliator if physical exfoliators are too harsh. Acne is complicated. There is even a fungal kind that requires fungal treatment. If you’re struggling to get rid of your acne, you should see a dermatologist for specific recommendations.

Many OTC scar treatments don’t work. What does work best for scars is moisturizing. 

Hyperpigmentation may be addressed with skin brighteners, but if the pigmentation is caused by inflammation, you will need to address the inflammation.

Hyaluronic acid and colloidal oatmeal are the two most well-researched ingredients for dry and sensitive skin, but squalane oil and Bakuchiol seem promising.

Visit Rejuvenation Laser & Skin Center for Complete Skin Care

Some skin problems can’t be resolved at home. If you are bothered by persistent acne, scars, hyperpigmentation, or any other skin problem, seek out a dermatologist like the ones at Rejuvenation Laser & Skin Center. It is easy to book an appointment