The Basics of Skin Care to get back a Fresh Face

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As we get older, our face tends to lose the brightness of youth. Since facial skin gets more sun damage than other parts of our body, it requires more care. It’s amazing how many patients come to the office looking for an aggressive laser or chemical peel treatment who do not have a daily skin care regimen. A daily skin care regimen is essential to restore healthy and youthful appearance .

Daily skin care generally includes the following:

  • Cleanser
    • Although seemingly intuitive, the best cleansers rid your skin of unwanted impurities without irritating or drying it
  • Toner
    • Toners are a confusing category of skincare products. Toners are meant to be used after cleansing, as a step to restore the body’s natural pH balance. Because of the great cleansers that are now available, the need for a product to restore the body’s pH balance has generally disappeared.
    • That being said, for patients with oily or combination skin, use of an astringent may be essential to clean and tighten your pores.
    • For patients with dry or sensitive skin, toners that are water-based and have ingredients like rosewater or chamomile extract will help lock in moisture and help makeup apply more evenly.
  • Facial exfoliants
    • Exfoliating removes dead and dry skin cells from the surface of your skin, which is essential for achieving a smooth and bright face.  Not only does it improve the texture of your face, but it helps prevent breakouts, evens out your skin tone, and helps other skin care products penetrate more deeply.
    • Exfoliation increases the circulation of blood to your skin, which, over time, leads to thicker skin and a vibrant appearance.
    • Facial scrubs, many home chemical peels, and a variety of mechanical products (Clarisonic, microdermabrasion, etc.) all promote this.
  • Facial moisturizers
    • Moisturizing the skin is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and for achieving softer, more elastic skin.
    • Many facial moisturizers have sunscreen incorporated, which can eliminate a step in your daily routine.
    • Products with hyaluronic acid can promote soft, velvety skin.
  • Anti-aging creams
    • An important step is your face is beginning to show signs of age, including fine wrinkles and pigment changes
    • High concentration of hyaluronic acid can penetrate your skin to help combat fine wrinkles
    • Antioxidants work by limiting the production of free radicals in your skin, which in turn damage skin cells. Antioxidants can calm inflamed skin, firm up your skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and repair sun damage. Commonly found antioxidants in skin care products include alpha lipoic acid, Vitamins C&E, and Coenzyme Q-10.

Confused? Contact Dr. Jejurikar’s office at 214-827-2814 to set up a consultation. Not only can we help you establish a regimen, but we can see if you’re a candidate for a procedure to jump start the process!

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