While regular visits to your dermatologist certainly help, beautiful and healthy skin starts at home with daily, dedicated care. Your skin care routine can affect the appearance of your skin, how often you will need to see your dermatologist, and even your risk level for developing skin cancer. If you aren’t sure where to start, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist for some personalized recommendations. In the meantime, incorporate these basic skincare steps into your daily routine.
- Cleanse Daily: In addition to the natural oils and dead skin cells that accumulate on your skin, your skin is also exposed to dirt and debris each day. If you wear makeup, there are even more potential irritants on your skin. If your skin isn’t cleansed regularly, this accumulation of irritants can clog your pores and cause blackheads, pimples, and uneven skin tone. Use a gentle cleanser designed for your skin type twice a day to gently wash your face.
- Moisturize Daily: When you wash your face, the natural oils that nourish and protect your skin are stripped away. While removing buildup of debris is essential, your skin does need moisture. Replace lost moisture with an SPF moisturizer in the morning, and consider using a deeper moisturizer at night for overnight hydration.
- Exfoliate Regularly: Regular cleansing is beneficial but cannot remove all dead skin cells from your face alone. Over time, the remaining buildup can lead to dull-looking skin. Exfoliating your skin can help to eliminate those stubborn dead cells. Instead of exfoliating vigorously or too frequently, perform a light exfoliation once or twice a week, depending on your skin type. Those with oily skin may need to exfoliate more often, but your dermatologist can recommend a routine that works for you.
For more information about skin care at home, contact Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. To locate an office or dermatologist near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.