Temperatures are warming up, and folks are getting outside to enjoy the weather. Even though you may be trading in your foundation and mascara for sunscreen and a baseball cap, don’t trade in your skincare regimen this summer. Your skin is one of the largest organs in your body and the first line of defense against various viruses and bacteria you are exposed to on a daily basis. Therefore, it is important to keep your skin in tip-top shape through the adoption of a skincare regimen.
Choosing a Skincare Regimen
There are many skincare regimens on the market today, making it difficult to determine which products are right for you and your skin type. Below we explain the different types of skincare products that may be included in a skincare regimen. That way, as you explore your options, you are educated on the types of products available.
Whether you choose an over the counter option, purchase through a consultant, or opt for the advice of a dermatologist, such as the team at Blue Ridge Dermatology, we suggest you research the products and speak to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns prior to beginning a new regime.
A Skincare Regime may include a combination of the following:
For many, this is the first step in a skincare regimen. The cleanser is used to wash your face and should be used as directed. Keep in mind that it is important to select a cleanser that is right for your particular skin type. Although it may be tempting to wash your face with whatever product you have on hand, a good cleanser can keep your skin happier and healthier.
For some, their skincare regime may involve an exfoliator. An exfoliator is used to remove the dead cells on the top layer of your skin, resulting in smooth skin and clearer pores. Although your skin type will dictate exactly how often you should use an exfoliator, this product should not be used daily to avoid irritation.
Another possible step in a skincare regimen involves the use of a toner. The purpose of toner is to soothe, soften, and calm your skin. Applied after washing, toners contain ingredients that restore nutrients to your skin. While not every skincare regimen will include a toner, it may be a good option for your skin type.
Moisturizer is an appointment part of the skincare process. For skin that needs moisture, a good moisturizer is crucial. Moisturization can prevent your skin from drying out and leave it smooth and hydrated. In fact, moisturizers work best when they are applied to slightly damp skin so that moisture can easily be sealed in.
Applied to the skin like a moisturizer, serums are lightweight and penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver active ingredients such as retinol and antioxidants. These ingredients can improve the firmness and texture of your skin, making serums a great addition to most skin care regimens.
Here in the South, sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare routine, even on overcast or cloudy days. Sun exposure can increase your risk of developing wrinkles, sun spots, and, worse, skin cancer. By protecting yourself from the UV rays, you will not only reduce your risk of developing these sun-related conditions but will be able to enjoy healthier skin for longer.
Contact Blue Ridge Dermatology Today
At Blue Ridge Dermatology, we take each patient’s medical history, skin type, and lifestyle into consideration when prescribing a skincare regimen. If you have questions or would like to speak to a team member about your skin, please call us!