Top 5 Things You Should Do for Your Skin in 2022
With all of our busy schedules, it can feel easy to put off skin care in favor of other more pressing concerns. However, our skin is just like any other part of the body, and requires the same amount of care and attention! This year, make yourself a promise to take better care of your skin. In this blog, we’ve put together five things you can start doing now to give your skin a little extra love in 2022.
Create a Daily Skin Care Routine
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When done properly, creating a daily skin care routine can benefit the health of your skin, help target problem areas, and work as a preventive treatment over time. Although it may seem like a challenge to start a new skin care regimen, creating a set plan for yourself will remove the guesswork and make it easier to incorporate a routine into your day.
Whether you prefer to use several or just a few skin care products, every skin care routine should follow a basic pattern. During the morning and evenings, you should always wash your face with a cleanser, then follow with a serum and/or toner, depending on your preference. After your face is cleansed and toned, it’s time to moisturize! Even if your skin type is more prone to oil, moisturizer should always be one of the last parts of your daily routine to help lock-in the benefits of your products and hydrate your skin.
No matter the weather or climate where you live, everyone should also use sunscreen in their daily routine. Sunscreen is one of the most important parts of your skin care regimen because it protects you from ultraviolet rays, which can be present even if you are not in direct sunlight. Daily sunscreen use has also been proven to reduce the signs of aging and protect against sun damage, which can cause skin conditions like hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
In our previous blog post, “What to Look for in a Good Sunblock”, we identified three basic features to look for when finding the right sunblock for your skin: a SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum protection (UVA/UVB), and water resistance. We also recommend mineral-based sunblocks, since these sunscreens offer superior protection and are great for those with sensitive skin.
Check Your Current Skin Care Products
Just like with food, your skin care products can also expire. If you have not taken an inventory on your skin care products, now is the time to do so! When skin care products expire, it can lead to loss of effectiveness or possibly harmful bacteria growth. Check your products for any expiration labels or if you’re not sure your product’s expiration date, look for the PAO symbol, also known as the period-after-opening symbol, which is a small symbol that looks like a jar with a number inside. This number indicates the product’s expiration date by showing the number of months you can use the product after opening followed by an “M”.
If you can’t find either of these on your product, there are some more general rules of thumb for telling if your products have expired or not. First, if your product has changed in consistency (more clumped, thickened, or thinned), smell, or color, that item should be tossed. If there aren’t any physical indications of change, you can also check out this handy guide to see the general shelf-life of most common skin care and beauty products.
Maintain Healthy Habits
Although most consider external factors when thinking about their skin health, it’s also important to consider what is happening internally. For example, not getting enough sleep or drinking enough water can affect your skin in more ways than you can imagine. Not drinking enough water regularly can lead to less plumpness in your skin, which can emphasize fine lines and wrinkles, and overall make skin look drier, while not sleeping enough can cause the elasticity to break down in your skin.
It’s also important to keep up good hygiene too! Never go to bed with make-up on and touch your face without washing your hands. This will not only help your own overall health, but prevent skin infections like acne. When it comes to skin, there can be factors that are more than skin deep and your skin can act like a reflection of how you are treating the rest of your body.
Consult With Your Dermatologist
No matter your skin type or needs, it’s always important to visit your dermatologist for annual skin check-ups or any skin concerns. If you have a skin concern, be sure to schedule an appointment right away to help get the situation under control and be in charge of your own health, or if you’re not sure a skin care product is right for you, consult with your doctor before trying something new.
If you’re interested in trying a cosmetic skin procedure, consider going to a trusted dermatological practice like Paradise Dermatology. We offer a wide range of cosmetic skin care treatments, from laser hair removal to dermal fillers and chemical peels, all done by licensed and certified professionals.
To learn more about our cosmetic services, visit our website here, or book a consultation with us by calling either of our offices:
- Sarasota: 941.921.4131
- Englewood: 941.474.8811