Building a great skincare routine is essential for aging gracefully and keeping your skin healthy. But what products should you be using to build the best possible skincare routine? Here are a few cosmetic dermatology recommendations.
If you're not cleansing your skin every day, you need to start now. A gentle cleanser can help remove oil and dirt from your skin. In turn, that will help you avoid acne flare-ups. Gentle cleansing can help your skin breathe a little bit better by removing anything that's blocking your pores.
If you suffer from acne flare-ups, it's important to have a good acne spot treatment in your skincare routine. In most cases, these treatments will have active ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in them. If you're not sure which active ingredient would be better for your skin, don't hesitate to consult with your dermatologist. These products aren't designed to be applied like a normal moisturizer.
Vitamin C is an excellent brightening agent for your skin. Not only does it help reverse skin damage from the sun and pollution, but vitamin C can be an excellent addition to any skincare routine that aims to prioritize moisturizing. Most serums with vitamin C in them will help your skin stay soft, supple, and bright, which is important if you want to fight wrinkles.
If you don't have a moisturizer with SPF in it, this is your sign to invest in one. Avoiding sun damaged skin is one thing, but SPF moisturizers can also help you avoid skin cancer. The key is that it must be applied every day, even if you're not planning on spending a lot of time outside. If UV rays can penetrate cloud cover, they can definitely hurt you through your home's windows.
While going to a professional for a chemical peel is the best form of exfoliation, you should invest in a gentle exfoliating agent for at-home use, as well. It's a good idea to be careful when you're using any over-the-counter exfoliant, though. If you've never purchased an exfoliant before, make sure you consult with your dermatologist before you spend any money.
Hyaluronic acid is going to be your best friend if you're worried about maintaining moisture in your skin. As a humectant, hyaluronic acid can help your skin better retain moisture throughout the day. So if you want glowing, dewy skin, this is definitely a product you'll want in your skincare kit.
When you want to fight wrinkles and encourage cell turnover, retinol is essential in your skincare routine. It's typically recommended to start retinol use in your late 20s. Just make sure you consult with your dermatologist before adding this product to your skincare routine.
Whether you're dealing with acne or with wrinkles, you have the power to build a great skincare routine. If you're not sure which products are best for you, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.