Skin care advice is actually simple and common sense in many ways. However, many people become confused with promises of miracle creams on infomercials and often contradictory advice in the media.
In my experience, there are certain truths about your skin that are basically universal and transcend differences in age, skin type, and (with some exceptions) gender. A recent medical article I read surveyed several aestheticians, or skin care experts (like me), about their rules for skin care that they use themselves in their daily routine.
I thought the rules were not only simple to implement, but also good for you and your skin. It also helps that there are just eight of them, and they are very easy to remember:
1.) Eat a predominantly plant based diet. Medical experts and dietitians have known for years that diets that are heavy in meats and diary products are associated with more outbreaks of acne, rosacea, and problems with skin tone and pigmentation. By limiting red meat and dairy especially, your skin will oxygenate better, have improved circulation, and experience better lymphatic drainage.
These benefits result in skin that looks more hydrated and less puffy. Changing your diet can be difficult at first, but you can start gradually to change your habits that may be making your skin worse.
2.) Take off your makeup every night. Sleeping with your makeup still on your face is the ultimate insult to your skin. Overnight, the makeup will plug up pores, making you more prone to breakouts and larger-appearing pores.
Just say no to makeup overnight. Washing your face every night before you go to bed will eliminate this problem for you.
3.) Don’t work out in makeup. This is a similar principle in that when you are exercising, your pores should be open and perspiring, not plugged with makeup. Also, sweat combined with makeup and oil can be a breeding ground for skin bacteria, which, as you can imagine, leads to more skin problems.
Again, if you have makeup on your face before you work out, wash it off immediately. If you are working out early in the morning and you have washed your face the night before, then you have nothing to worry about.
4.) Sleep 7-8 hours per night. Here is a step to which men should also pay attention, unlike perhaps steps 2 and 3. All sorts of health recommendations list sleep as a major component for good health in general. The same applies to your skin.
Because sleep is when your body repairs itself, your skin will appear better when you are well-rested, especially around the eyes where the skin is thinnest. They don’t call it “beauty rest” for nothing!
5.) Don’t skip the toner. Most aestheticians report that they notice a big difference between the skin of clients who use toners and those that do not. Toner products, such as our own Dual Action Toner, reduce congestion within the skin layers, help to reduce pore size, and tighten the skin surface.
6.) Use antioxidant serums. Anything that damages your skin does so by causing the production of free radicals, which in turn damage the membranes and energy sources of the individual cells. Antioxidants bind up these free radicals before they can continue their rampage throughout your skin cells.
Many of the products that we carry here at Maine Laser Skin Care contain antioxidants for just these reasons. They include Vita Soothe, Multi-Complex Night Cream, Enriched Moisture Cream, and Vita-C 20- Brightening Crème.
7.) Exfoliate regularly. Inevitably, older skin cells build up on the surface of your skin. Gently removing these older skin cells helps to encourage newer and healthier skin cells to come to the surface.
When the older, more lifeless skin cells are gone and newer skin cells emerge, the results can be seen through brighter skin tone and smoother texture. You can see the difference between exfoliated skin and non-exfoliated skin without using a microscope.
Everybody is different in terms of how much exfoliation their skin can tolerate. Because of my tendency to develop very dry skin, especially in the winter, I use Maine Laser Skin Care’s own O2 Lift Mask once a week to prevent older skin cells from keeping my skin any drier.
8.) Protect your skin from the sun all the time. While I have listed this rule last, it is certainly not least. In fact, it is a recommendation of every single skin professional.
Regular use of sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer, age spots, and premature wrinkling. Use it every day even in the winter.
Hopefully, these relatively simple and easy-to-implement rules can help you establish great skin care habits. While men can disregard the guidelines about makeup, they will be thankful if they adhere to the other six rules over time.
Also, while it may seem like a hassle to purchase products like exfoliators and toners, they are actually not that expensive, especially around this time of year. Don’t forget that ALL of Maine Laser Skin Care’s products are 20% off and shipping is FREE through December 31st, 2017.
Our 10% gift certificate sale is also continuing through the end of 2017. These gift cards alone are the perfect gift suggestion for those who don’t know what to buy for you.