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7 Habits of Highly Effective Skin Care

Published October 30, 2014 11:15 PM by Kimberly Cray

1.  Less is more.  A common misconception in skin care is that more is better.  In fact, over washing and over doing it with products usually only serves to irritate skin.  Consistency is more important than frequency, in many cases, and when we say pea-sized amount we mean it.   

2.  Know when to skimp vs. splurge.  Sure you could spend a pretty penny on washes and night creams, but if you buy the right product for you, your skin will thank you in the long run.  An added bonus is that your wallet likely will too.  Think of all the Over the Counter products cluttering your vanity.   Medical professionals often recommend great OTCs (we love for patients to save money) and we can also steer you away from products you simply don't need.  Avoid clutter and wasting money on skin care.  Key here- ask a professional.    

3.  There is such a thing as healthy oil.  For years, our culture has been obsessed with all things Oil Free.  Recently there's been a trend towards using oils on the skin for multiple purposes and I love this trend.  Remember, a healthy balance of oil is key.   Let's break the Oil Free stigma.

4.  A healthy lifestyle is key.  Avoid smoking, excessive sun, and make a healthy diet and exercise a priority.  Don't forget to get your beauty sleep.  Yes, there is such a thing.  It is scientifically proven that if we do not get adequate sleep it takes a toll on our skin.  And drink lots of water.  Even the best moisturizers can't touch our skin if we are constantly dehydrated.   

5.  Be open to change.  Like most things, skin changes as we age.  We, therefore, must account for this by making adjustments in our routine.  Maybe it isn't that your "cream stopped working."  It may be that it was no longer right for you.  Change can be hard, but oh so good for you.         

6.  Exfoliating doesn't have to be abrasive.  Many patients only feel like they are exfoliating if they are red and irritated when they are finished.  Using harsh products or using agents too frequently could be detrimental to your skin.  This all ties back to consistency over frequency.  Exfoliating scrubs and masks make patients feel great- that they are doing something extra which will results in something good for their skin.  Unfortunately, this often leads over drying and irritating the skin.  Remember that some of the best exfoliation is done at the microscopic level with proper product application.  

7. Protect your skin, as well as time and investment.  All your hard work will go down the drain if you skip this one simple step.  Some of my favorites include mineral physical sunblocks (say good bye to those harsh and irritating chemicals) and easy to throw in your purse (or man bag) brush versions.  Remember any tanning of the skin is a sign of damage.  Do yourself a favorite and protect yourself.  Unfortunately, we don't see most sun damage until years down the road.  Be proactive and start now, if you haven't already. 

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