Skin Care Is Self-Care

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By News Team on May 1, 2020

Taking time for self-care is more important than ever these days.

One of the easiest ways to take care of yourself is by taking care of your skin. It has immediate effects—so you’re more likely to make it a habit—and it benefits you later, too.

And the best news is that helping your skin stay healthy and nourished doesn’t have to include a long list of day and night routines.

The secret isn’t constant attention and a shelf full of unused products, say Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center’s master aestheticians. Instead, it's:

  • Learning which cleansers and serums are right for your skin
  • Choosing a few high-quality products
  • Using them with care

In other words, healthy skin habits are as easy as 1-2-3.

A consultation with a master aesthetician can help you get to know your skin and the best ways to care for and protect it. Read on for the Cosmetic Center's three skin-care essentials.

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Everyone's skin is different. A consultation with a master aesthetician will help you determine what's right for your skin.

1. Cleanse Daily
Using clean fingertips, gently wash your face with warm water twice a day (morning and night). If you prefer using a washcloth, choose soft, microfiber cloths and only use them once since they can hold bacteria from previous uses.

If you’ve been wearing makeup, it’s a good idea to double-cleanse your face each night. First, use your normal facial cleanser or a makeup removing wipe to remove your makeup, then wash once more using your facial cleanser.

Use a pH-balanced facial cleanser, such as Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel, that won’t strip your skin of its natural oil to prevent breakouts and irritation. This means you should avoid using bar soaps. Bar soaps not intended for your face can alter the pH balance of your skin, resulting in extra bacteria and yeast growth.

If you have problematic skin, look for a more targeted cleanser that is designed to treat your skin condition. For acne specifically, choose products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

2. Renew With a Serum
Apply a serum after washing your face. Always use serums on your face, neck and chest to help nourish and protect these sensitive skin areas.

For younger skin, try a vitamin C serum like Professional-C Serum 15% by Obagi to help balance skin tone and texture. For mature skin, choose anti-aging products that contain nourishing antioxidants and peptides, as well as growth factors that will help boost your skin’s collagen and elasticity.

Using an anti-aging serum can also help extend the time period between Botox treatments and fillers for those who take advantage of those treatments. 

Serums can be used twice a day. For all ages, morning serums should focus on brightening, tightening, tone and texture, while night serums should be more focused on anti-aging.

Hyaluronic acid and hydrators like the Obagi Daily Hydro-Drops are also other types of serums you can use in the morning and night. If you’re ever in doubt about when to use a serum, just follow the product’s instructions or consult an aesthetician.

3. Protect Your Skin
Use a separate sunscreen product every day, even if your makeup contains SPF. According to the pros at Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center, you would need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the same level of sun protection as sunscreen.

Apply your sunscreen after your daily moisturizer, before you put on your makeup. A bonus is that your base layer of sunscreen will also serve as a primer to help your makeup stick!

If you need to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day, try using a setting spray that contains SPF or a medical-grade sunblock spray.

There is no better time than now to start a new habit. And few self-care habits are easier than taking a few minutes each day to take care of your skin.

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