Getting into a nightly routine and sticking with it is one powerful way to develop healthy habits. But are you doing the right routine for your skin type?
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Dr. O'Brien gives us and her patients some good advice on what to do, when to do it and how to best care for the first defense our bodies have, the skin. Does that sound like something you want to know about? The read on.
Exfoliating every week is one of the best things you can do for your skin to accelerate collagen growth and dead cell turn over. In case you don't know, exfoliation is the process of sloughing off dead skin cells which allows new smooth, healthy cells to take their place. It also banishes dry, flaky cells, keeps pores clean and clears bacteria from your pours which is key in leaving the skin looking and feeling great.
Knowing your skin type isn’t just important when it comes to picking the right exfoliation process, it’s essential. People with drier, more sensitive skin should only exfoliate once to twice a week max. Those with less sensitive skin types may exfoliate nightly or every other day. Try out a routine and pay attention to how your skin reacts. If there are any signs of irritation, skip a few days till the skin has recovered and once you begin again try every other day or every third day. And always use a mild PH balanced cleanser for whatever your skin type is. This type of self monitoring is key for skin health.
Dr. O’Brien warns, “Over-exfoliating can lead to compromising the skin’s barrier function, leaving it susceptible to further irritation, redness, and dryness.”
It is important to note that the facial cleansing system tools used widely by those doing at home facial must be cleaned after every use and stored in a dry sterile place (facial brush, body brush, sponge, and pumice stone if your kit has one). Dr. O'Brien says in her interview “Bacteria grow easily on these items, and instead of doing good for your skin, you’ll end up just spreading that bacteria,” she explains. Cleaning a brush (like the Youthful Advantage 4 in 1 System) is super simple: use a gentle cleanser like baby shampoo and some hot water (as warm as your hands can handle) get a good lather going. Run your fingers through all the bristles to remove any debris left, then rinse away all residue, allowing the brush to air dry completely before the next use. If you're not doing this you are spreading harmful bacteria and it will compromise the skin barrier.
As important as exfoliating itself is following up with a good moisturizer. “After exfoliating, skin is extra sensitive,” explains Dr. O’Brien, who explains that a heavier cream is for someone with more sensitive or drier types of skin are very good, but for oilier skin and in warmer weather, “a lighter lotion or serum may be enough,” she says.
The Dr. also tells us to remember that it’s vital to incorporate sunscreen into a healthy skin regiment. “Always wear sunscreen during the day and replenish every few hours.”
We hope this helps you get into a good skin routine. We love to hear from our readers, please feel free to leave comment, question or tips of your own.
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