In a recent story featured on Allure magazine’s website, several skin experts weighed in on the Best 21 Skin Care Tips. For my beauty blog this month, I thought it would be helpful to expand on some of their tips to give my readers more detailed information (as well as some product recommendations!).
During April, we endured a full month of “stay at home” orders, which may have been stressful for your mind, body, and spirit. With more time at home for the foreseeable future, why not take a few minutes for yourself and read up on how to give your skin some extra TLC? If you missed my special quarantine edition blog post from March, check it out here.
Cleansing Properly: Your Foundation for Beautiful Skin
In the Allure article, several tips were presented that relate to cleansing the skin:
- Don’t use cleansing cloths as your go-to way of cleansing.
- Wash away excess oil with a face wash that “foams.”
- Cleansing acne prone skin is tricky.
Ok, let’s start with tip #1. Cleansing cloths are great for breaking down the oils and ingredients found in cosmetic items such as foundation, mascara, pressed power, eye shadow, and long-wear lipsticks. However, once you’ve wiped away what was visible on the face, cosmetic particles still remain on the surface of the skin as well as deep in the pores.
To deeply cleanse your skin, you’ll need to use a facial cleanser and lukewarm water (never hot). If you have a soft silicone scrubber pad, this beauty tool can be a great way to help your cleanser thoroughly do its job.
For fans of micellar water, I personally recommend this one by ISDIN (use promo code “ISDINMD0193” to get free shipping and 10% off your purchase).
Tip #2. Speaking of facial cleansers, a foaming face wash uses the power of bubbles to gently lift away dirt, makeup, and excess oil. Be sure that your facial cleanser does not contain sulfates (like sodium laureth sulfate) because those are extremely drying.
Click here to check out my office’s ZO Skin Health store. Right at the top you’ll see their Gentle Cleanser as well as their Hydrating Cleanser. Both are non-stripping face washes that I recommend to my patients with normal, dry, or sensitive skin.
Tip #3. Acne prone skin is difficult to please. It reacts negatively to excess oil and/or dryness, and breakouts can flare up simply by touching your face, eating certain foods, having hormonal fluctuations, or using the wrong products.
Ugh…my patients come into the office with huge frustrations over their acne breakouts. I feel for them, and I have some great solutions.
Breakouts that can easily be improved for some by changing their skin care products whereas others might require more serious interventions.
Some acne-friendly cleansers that I recommend include:
- Epionce Purifying Wash
- ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Skin Cleanser (scroll down to their “acne” section to find this one).
Doctor Recommended Skin Care to Meet Your Needs
When it comes to your skin care routine, cleansing is where it all starts. But there’s so much more to the overall picture. I’m Dr. Aeria Chang, and I’ve been providing expert skin care treatments, cosmetic procedures, and specialty skin care products to clients in San Diego since 2008.
I care deeply about each patient; my goal is to help you have healthy, beautiful, glowing skin. If you’re struggling with issues such as fine lines, sun damage, rosacea, acne, or other concerns, get in touch with me today so I can help.
Although as of today our offices are closed for the COVID-19 situation, we are checking email during this time, and we’ll respond to you in a timely manner.
Cheers to Your Best Skin EVER,
Aeria Chang, MD