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Top 5 Skin Care Tips from a Board-Certified Dermatologist

It's time to get started on a skincare routine — and don't let the fact that you already have a current routine stop you from trying something new. Whether you're currently incorporating a 10 step skincare routine or keeping it simple with SPF and moisturizer, everyone wants one thing when they start their skincare routine: healthy, shiny skin. With ongoing trends, skincare routines have gone from three to five to twelve steps needed to achieve radiant skin. This week, I'm giving you five simple skincare steps to incorporate in your daily regimen to achieve glowing skin.

Before we begin.. Do you know your skin type? Hydration level? Sensitivity? Young skin, mature skin, super-sensitive skin? I'm sure you know if you have dry or oily skin. Note that the most important factor in skincare is knowing your skin. What works for some may not work for others. Start with a list of symptoms you experience with your skin. Are you acne prone? Prone to dry skin? Remember to seek a board-certified dermatologist at least once a year to ensure you are taking adequate steps to take care of your skin.

1. Cleanse

The key to clear and glowing skin lies in proper cleaning. And not just any type of cleaning will do, but deep and plentiful cleansing that leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturized.The first step to a great cleanse is choosing the right cleanser. Take a moment at the end of your day to thoroughly wash your face. Keep it simple with a simple cleanser that won't tangle your pores with harsh chemicals and you won't regret it.

If you are acne prone, search for a cleanser with Benzoyl Peroxide, an active ingredient made to penetrate pores, fight off bacteria, and remove excess oil. If you have dryer skin, seek a hydrating cleanser with a foam or cream base. Use a cleanser at least once a day, preferably at night.

2. Hydrate

The secret to smooth, soft skin has always been a great moisturizer. When it comes to our face, lips, or hands, the greatest defense against fine lines and wrinkles is a good moisturizer. Moisturizers work with our skin barrier to maintain hydration. With every application, moisturizer provides lipids to restore water and oil balance, protecting our skin from external chemical stressors. I highly recommend investing in a high quality moisturizer that will help your skin provide its natural defenses against life's wear and tear. Seek hypoallergenic moisturizers with hyaluronic acid.

3. Wear SPF

The best skin protection isn't an anti-aging cream or top-shelf face moisturizer — it's a good layer of sunblock. The sun's rays can be harmful to your skin. It's important to use a sunscreen with SPF to protect your skin from aging, wrinkling, and cancer. Make sure to incorporate SPF into your daily routine and to reapply every two hours. Seek SPF 35 and above for best results.

4. Keep it Simple

The very notion of skin care may make you think about all the potential steps you need to take to become the best version of yourself. Products you should use, products that actually work and products that don't. I mean, there are so many products out there that it can get mind-numbing, making sense of which ones to buy and which ones to avoid.

Less is more. Avoid the 17 steps of toners, serums, creams, and ointments. Layering products can stress your skin. Start with simple steps and increase if needed. You’ll avoid over-drying and over-stripping of your skin's natural oils. Keep your skincare routine simple and stick to it – consistency is the key to great skin!

5. Use a Retinoid

Last but not least- Incorporate a retinoid every night. A retinoid is vitamin A derivative that not only helps reduce the signs of natural aging, but can also help repair sun damage on the skin. Retinoids have been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth the skin and even the tone.

These 5 skincare tips should help you care for your skin. But the most important thing is to remember to be patient with your skin, as there are no overnight fixes for smoother, healthy skin. It takes time, but you can make it happen over time.


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-Dr. Del Campo


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