Go Back to Skin Care Basics in 2013
It’s that time of year again – when we all review our New Year’s resolutions and evaluate how far we have come, and what we still need to do in order to continue to accomplish our yearly goals. The question is, for those of us focused on our skin, what really makes a difference in our skin care and anti-aging routine? We have so many choices as to where we purchase our products — the drug store, department store or dermatology offices. But what are the essential products we need?
These are the three “Back to Basics” for good skin care and anti-aging that will leave you looking fabulous for years to come:
Sunscreen: Yes, even in winter months a good sunblock/sunscreen is the number-one anti-aging and prevention you should use on a daily basis. It is the UVA/UVB rays that contribute to age spots, wrinkles, texture changes and laxity in the skin (not to mention skin cancers). The question is, which one is the best for your skin type? You want your sunscreen to block both UVA and UVB with a minimum of 5 percent zinc and/or titanium, especially for your face, neck and chest. Your dermatology office should carry a variety of options to suite your skin type. If it says Broad Spectrum and is SPF 15 or higher, then it actually helps to prevent premature aging and skin cancers. Use the less-expensive sunscreens for your body, such as Neutrogena with helioplex.
Antioxidant skin care products: A good antioxidant with Vitamin C and E helps reduce the appearance of pesky wrinkles and makes your skin look smoother and more youthful overall. Apply your anti-oxidant to your face, neck and chest in the morning after your wash your face. Follow with your moisturizer and a good sunscreen and off you go!
Vitamin A derivative such as Retin-A, Renova or Retinol: This is still the gold standard in anti-aging skin care. As we age, our skin cell turnover slows down and our skin becomes dull (which we simply can’t have). Tretinoin causes natural exfoliation and has an anti-wrinkle and anti-skin cancer effect, so start early and use nightly. You may want to start prescription Tretinoin every other night until your skin becomes acclimated or try an over-the-counter retinol if you have sensitive skin.
Your skin care routine should not be complicated – it should be as simple as 1, 2, 3, allowing you plenty of time to accomplish your other amazing New Year’s resolutions!
For more information on the right skin care routine for you, contact Shapiro Skin Klinic.