Many of us do all we can to achieve a radiant and glowing look. We buy a wide array of skincare products hoping that they give us that look that we desire. We even go above and beyond normal skincare routine, trying hard to get flawless skin. It is disappointing when all these efforts fail to bear fruits. However, while you may have done your best, have you done what is right? Here are expert guidelines and tips from dermatologists that have been proven to help people achieve optimal skincare results:
1. CLEANSE YOUR SKIN PROPERLY
Cleansing your skin is the key to maintaining healthy skin. The skin is exposed to dirt, sun, particles, and debris throughout the day. When makeup, dirt, and sebum secreted to protect and moisturize your skin combine, it forms a layer that should be washed off. If you do not clean your skin well, dirt will build up with time and possibly cause breakouts. Aside from that, this build-up will prevent your other skincare products from penetrating your skin to nourish it.
To prevent this, dermatologists insist on cleansing your face well with the right cleansers. This involves choosing natural cleansers that are right for your skin type. The expert dermatologist Dr. Neda Mehr says that synthetic skin cleansers can irritate and damage your skin because some of them contain harsh chemicals.
2. MOISTURIZE REGULARLY
Contrary to the belief that moisturizing your skin is an aesthetic habit, moisturizing is crucial for your skin. It helps the skin stay young, hydrated, and healthy by preventing dryness. Dry skin is prone to irritation, which leads to acne and breakouts. Dr. Neda Mehr, an expert dermatologist at DermBx, recommends moisturizing your skin twice a day and each time you shave, bath, or exfoliate your skin.
She also insists on choosing a moisturizer like Daily Duet that hydrates, moisturizes, and brightens your skin. The product also contains plenty of vitamins that are vital in protecting your skin throughout the day. Dr. Neda further insists on ensuring that the moisturizer you choose should also be dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic, and oil-free.
3. USE FEW BUT THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
Many people often think many skincare products translate to optimal skin health. While they may give you impressive results in a short period, they can potentially damage your skin in the long run. Instead of using too many products that might not be right for you, use a few that are right for you. In fact, it is important to consult a dermatologist before you settle for a skincare product so that they can check and ensure that it is a good fit for your skin.
Keeping your skin hydrated involves taking plenty of water and using skincare products that have hydration formulations. Many of us often ask ourselves how drinking enough water translates to healthy skin. Well, when you drink plenty of water, your skin cells are maximally hydrated because your blood gets to absorb plenty of water. A highly hydrated skin flushes out impurities and toxins, unlike dry skin.
Aside from that, hydrating well will tighten and enhance your skin’s elasticity, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. It also enables your skin to recover from irritations and sunburns faster. Additionally, it also balances and maintains your skin’s PH and prevents other skin problems like puffiness and dryness.
5. EXFOLIATE REGULARLY
Regular exfoliation is vital in every effective skincare regime. It removes dead skin cells leaving your skin fresh, radiant, clear, healthy, and young. Aside from that, exfoliating regularly:• Prevents acne
• Unclogs your pores
• Enables other skincare products to penetrate your skin deeper
• Stimulates Synthesis of Collagen
• Makes your skin glow by increasing cell turn over
• Boosts blood circulation on your skin surface
• Evens your skin tone
While exfoliating often is very beneficial, it is important to exfoliate with respect to your skin type. For instance, if you have highly sensitive skin, you should consider using physical exfoliators and exfoliate one-two times a week. If you have normal skin, you can exfoliate even five times a week, depending on the exfoliator you are using. If your exfoliator is very intense, do not exceed four times a week, even if your skin is very tolerant.
6. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
With time, your makeup brushes collect oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. If you do not clean them, this build-up will clog your pores, and the bacteria will spread on your face as you use the brushes leading to skin breakouts. “Cleaning your brushes not only prevents spreading dirt and bacteria build-up but also increases the life span of your brushes and makes applying and blending your makeup faster and easier,” she says Dr. Neda Mehr.
She recommends soaking your brushes once a week and cleaning them with water and a gentle soap or brush cleansers.
7. WEAR SUNSCREEN
Expert dermatologists insist that people should wear sunscreen throughout the year, even during winter. While many people think sunscreen is only meant to be used during sunny days for protection against sunburns, up to 80% of UV rays from the sun can pass through the clouds during winter. Wearing sunscreen every time you go out will lower your risk of getting skin cancer, prevent premature skin aging, protect you from UV rays, and maintain your skin even tone.
8. EAT HEALTHILY
Your skin and general health are determined by what you eat. Fruits and food that are rich in vitamin C will give you glowing skin. Aside from Vitamins, eating food rich in healthy oil and proteins boost collagen production in your skin. Increased collagen production prevents premature skin aging, wrinkles, and sagging, and it keeps your skin smooth and supple.
On the other hand, foods with a lot of sugar can potentially cause serious skin breakouts, acne, and other skin issues.
9. MANAGE YOUR STRESS LEVELS
A high level of stress affects the look of your skin significantly. If you fail to control the stress level and let it escalate to chronic levels, it will cause wrinkles, acne, and serious acne that can permanently scar your skin. This is due to the fact high level of stress greatly throws your hormones off balance. Hormonal imbalance is the root cause of many skin problems, explaining why skin breaks out during puberty.
10. MAINTAIN A GREAT SKINCARE REGIME
Healthy and flawless skin is earned. No matter how best your skincare products are, they will not help if you do not stick to an effective and consistent skincare routine. Ensure you follow the guidelines recommended by dermatologists incorrect order and do it in the right way. While you may find the routine hectic and time-consuming, it is nothing compared to having damaged and scarred skin as a result of poor skincare.
No one understands your skin better than the expert dermatologist does. That is why we have taken the time to bring you skincare tips from a certified dermatologist, Dr. Neda Mehr. There is a lot of information out there from different people telling you how to take care of your skin and what products you should use. However, it is important to keep in mind that they do not know your skin type and, therefore, cannot tell what is best for your skin. This explains why you should only take tips and guidelines that are recommended by the dermatologist.