Getting your best from your skin begins with knowing the basic science of your skin.
Learn what your general skin care needs are and then fine tune further measures to meet your unique skin concerns.
Learn your individual skin care needs fine tuned by experience and common sense, and pay attention to the ups and downs.
Your best skin care will be founded on a simple but effective regime but also take into account your special needs.
Special needs and other common sense considerations will shape your routine daily, weekly and monthly.
Special Needs- i.e. incorporating acne treatment or anti-aging
Daily needs- i.e. morning vs. evening regimens -morning; cleanse, moisturize, sunscreen (some moisturizers come with sun protection) -evening; cleanse, exfoliation method, treatment, rich moisturizer
Weekly needs- i.e. Sundays-use of special treatment mask like deep pore cleansing or exfoliating masks
Monthly- i.e. Skin care treatments like a facial performed by an experienced professional.
Well worth your while, is doing the homework that will help you make effective product choice.
Need a little help with that homework? I have made a handful of product suggestions to get you pointed in the right direction. See below...
Keep an eye on your skin and don't be afraid to move on to other recommended product, if the one you have chosen is not delivering or even worse, causing irritation. What you will discover sometimes is, what works for some, may not work for you, even if you are seemingly the same skin type. (There are other, more complicated factors that come into play that will determine how well skin products will perform on your skin. Note the often posted study disclaimer in the advertisement, "results may vary".)
Your skin is dynamic. That means a variety of conditions, internal and external, can influence its behavior creating change. These behaviors can be short term or long term. Things like short term hormonal changes may increase or decrease the amount of oil production in your skin sending your skin in directions of breakouts or dryness. Long term changes, such as related to aging, will reveal collagen production diminishing. Luckily, most changes will be gradual and manageable.
Clean your skin gently! It is common to believe, the stronger the cleanser the better, but strong can reek havoc with your skin. One of the most highly recommended skin cleansers across the board (from celebrities to dermatologists), for all skin types including sensitive, is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
Although I am not convinced that a toner needs to be part of every good skin care program, I don't want to disregard the opinions of those who feel it is beneficial.
What does a toner do?
Toners are meant to bring your freshly cleansed skin back to a balanced pH, remove any remaining residue missed during cleansing, generate greater hydration and bring additional benefits depending on the product.
Obagi Nu-Derm Toner gets great customer reviews, as a toner alone or as part of a complete five part skin care system (if you like to use all same product, Obaji gets very good reviews for its skin care system) . The toner in particular, uses natural ingredients that help tone, hydrate and restore balance.
Normal to dry skin (and sensitive too), try SkinCeuticals Emollience.
Clinique All About Eyes Rich Skin Care addresses puffiness, effectively hydrates which reduces the look of fine lines, and is a light weight formulation with good customer feedback.
Olay has some budget friendly effective skin creams and serums these days. Here is one anti aging remedy that can compete with some of the top luxury brands Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and the Eye Lifting Serum, which I have personally used and find them effective hydrators (three quarters of the battle against fine lines).
This item should be worn daily and with full spectrum effective ingredients like titanium dioxide (physical barrier), or avobenzone (chemical barrier). NEW recently approved Mexoryl Sx and Tinosorb offer excellent broad spectrum, photo stable protection as well.
For All Skin Types
Getting excellent customer feedback is SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30. It is non chemical and has a special formulation to reduce the whitening effect found in other physical sun blocks. Safe for all skin types including sensitive, traumatized and safe for children.Normal to Dry
SX Daily Moisturizer SPF15 by La Roche-Posay is a top
choice, award winning, excellent formulation of daily moisturizer with
sunscreen. It is light weight and contains excellent sunscreen
agents Mexoryl Sx and Parsol 1789, for UVA and Octocrylene
for protection against UVB.
The best skin care for a night regime covers quite a range in possible product recommendations. Age, skin type, skin conditions etc will dictate product use for this important skin recovery time frame.
DEALING WITH ACNE
There are many options to consider depending on the severity and frequency of the breakouts. For mild to moderate acne try the proven Proactiv system which uses salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. For more severe acne, please see a dermatologist.
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