Natural beauty starts with a glowing complexion. When skin is healthy the pores are small, breakouts are minimal and tone is even. Sticking to a skin care routine while utilizing the right products will help your skin become more radiant and youthful.
According to Dr. Erik Alexander, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, “Most skin care products are very much dependent on the individual using them. It is important to pick the one best suited for your skin type. I recommend 5 key products for everyone to use if they are interested in maintaining healthy skin long-term:”
Cleansers are formulated to remove the day’s makeup and/or the build-up of pollution and dirt on your face. Through cleansing we allow our skin to breathe by keeping pores unplugged. A clean face also allows the other products listed to work properly.
• Dry Skin: choose a creamy cleanser and check to be sure it says it’s for dry skin.
• Oily Skin: choose a gel or foaming cleanser and check to be sure it says it’s for oily skin.
Toners are the next step after using your cleanser. The ingredients in toners help restore damaged skin resulting in a more replenished, youthful look.
• Dry Skin: choose a toner with rose water as an ingredient
• All Other Skin Types: choose a toner with alpha hydroxyl acids
Our skin needs constant moisture and it requires us to supplement it with a product that locks in moisture while also protecting it from environmental damage.
• Dry Skin: choose a moisturizer that is creamy
• All Other Skin Types: choose a moisturizer that is lightweight and has botanical extracts
4. Eye Cream
Eye creams are different than other “general” creams. They are formulated for the sensitive skin around the eyes.
Eye creams not only hydrate but they also reduce puffiness and minimize the dark circles. Most eye creams are good for all skin types, choose one packed with antioxidants, but avoid any with fragrances as they may irritate the eyes.
5. Facial Sunscreen
While you will most likely apply other products that contain SPF, it is important to apply a facial sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily. While you should apply sunscreen to all exposed area of skin, it is most important to apply to your face in order to prevent future skin aging including wrinkles, freckles, discoloration and even skin cancer that may arise from continued sun exposure.
At Forefront Dermatology, we know that life is all about the moments when you don’t need us. That’s why we’re here for all the moments when you do. We offer comprehensive and compassionate care for all skin conditions and create customized treatment plans for all ages – even the tiniest of patients! Find a location near you today.