Getting Your Skin Care Regimen On Track

Skin careNow that we have begun a new year, it is likely that the usual round of resolutions have also been made. While you may have committed yourself to making better dietary choices, exercising more or simply being kinder to those you love, there is another area of your life that should not be neglected. Establishing an effective skin care routine really needs to be one of your top priorities in the coming year.

If skin care is something to which you already pay significant attention, there is no reason you should not take a close look at what you are doing in order to spot areas in need of improvement. You might just find that you can make some tweaks to the products you use or the cleansing process you follow that will make a noticeable difference in the results you achieve.

Our team consulted with group of physicians and skin care professionals to provide our readers with list of tips you may wish to consider as you review your own daily regimen.

Cleansing

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Perhaps you feel there is no room for improvement in this realm, there is certainly no harm in rethinking your current routine and reviewing the products you typically use.

Examine the cleansing products you tend to prefer and make certain that they are all alcohol-free so that they do not exacerbate skin dryness. You should also be using a cleanser that is non-abrasive in nature, such as Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic cleansing product that also contains glycolic acid. This is a cleanser that is gentle on the skin, is made with natural berry extract humectants and is utterly soap-free.

Steer clear of using mesh sponge products or washcloths that can tend to cause skin irritation, and make sure you never scrub the surface of your skin. Rather, use lukewarm water for rinsing, and always pat the skin dry instead of rubbing it. According to the American Dermatology Association, skin should only be washed once in the morning and once again at night. Of course, if you sweat a great deal during exercise, you can also cleanse the skin immediately afterward.

Moisturizing

Moisturizing

Skin of all types needs to be moisturized, even when it is naturally oily. The proper sort of moisturizer depends on your specific skin type and whether you suffer from acne, rosacea, dry or oily skin.

For dry skin, experts suggest using moisturizers that contain sunscreen immediately after cleansing while skin remains wet. This helps lock in valuable moisture, and products can be reapplied multiple times a day.

Those with oily skin and/or acne will do well by using a product that is lightweight and that is formulated to prevent the blockage of pores. Such moisturizers should also include sunscreen.

Combination skin should be treated with lotions of medium weight that also include a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Jan Marini’s Daily Face Protectant that includes antioxidants and an SPF level of 33 is a great choice.

Individuals with sensitive skin ought to use cream moisturizers directly onto dry skin. Products containing glycol acid or lipod should be avoided as well, as they can lead to irritation.

Staying Active And Eating Well

Food

Lots of people pledge excess pounds at the start of the new year, and sticking to this commitment can also lead to better skin.

As mentioned in earlier posts, working out is something that can boost the health of your skin to a surprising degree. Just taking a brisk walk once daily or engaging in more vigorous activity can make your skin look better than ever.

Improving your skin through your dietary choices is something that can be done by regularly eating nutrient-packed, fresh food. Unprocessed foods, limited dairy products, lean meats and fresh produce are all terrific choices that can have beneficial impacts for the skin.

Fruits and vegetables, of course, are perfect for maintaining good health, and the positive impacts for the skin should not be overlooked. Fresh produce can dramatically reduce inflammation and lower the frequency of skin breakouts, due to its high vitamin content. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, including berries and beans can lend a suppleness to the skin that is truly impressive. Red wine and green tea also provide these types of benefits. Such foods also help with the absorption of free radicals which are known to exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles.

Cosmetic Techniques

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The start of a new year offers a tremendous opportunity to confer with a skin care expert to discuss the latest innovations in products and treatments. New options such as Juvederm Voluma XC, the sole filler approved by the FDA can boost volume in the cheeks will soon be available.

Always bear in mind, however, that the key to beautiful, healthy skin lies within. Everything else you do for your skin will only add to its glow.

Source: Dr. Kamran Safvati

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