Good Skin Care Habits To Start- Part One

bad_habitsDespite our best efforts, we are all guilty of bad habits at times.  In regards to your skin, practicing good day-to-day habits of skin care will greatly reduce your future problems with your skin.

In other words, even if you do not have skin problems now, some bad habits to which you may be unconsciously exposing your skin could reflect badly on your skin in the long run.  Starting now, you should not ignore your skin health.

The following habits, which you should adapt to your regimen as soon as possible, will set you up for younger-looking skin for years to come:

  1. Simply Your Skin Products
    messy_medicine_cabinetMany people have bathroom cabinets filled with partially used bottles of various lotions and serums.  Even the best products can take up to 4-6 weeks to be visibly and noticeable effective.  If you have skin products that are recommended by your aesthetician and/or skin specialist, you really need to give them a chance to work before giving up on them and changing to another product.  Stick to a few of the best products, and don’t give up on them too soon.
  2. Cleanse Your Skin Gently
    face_washAt the very least, you need to wash your face every night before bed.  Doing so will remove all the makeup, sunscreen and environmental dirt your face has accumulated over the course of the day.  Be sure that the cleanser is gentle, non-soap and pH neutral.  Do not scrub your face.  Gentle motions while cleaning will remove all the bad stuff while stimulating skin circulation.  We recommend using a Lavender Foaming Cleanser and a Chamomile Facial Cleanser, both of which we carry in our online store.
  3. Exfoliate Gently
    Every day, over 50 million skin cells die on the human body.  Exfoliating allows these dead cells to slough away and to reveal the newer younger skin cells underneath.  I generally recommend a glycolic acid-based exfoliating product, which can gently remove dead skin cells while also cleaning out pores and removing other impurities.  Also, exfoliating does not need to be done every day.  Several times per week for this process is plenty.
  4. Moisturize
    eczema_moisturizeEverybody needs to moisturize.  Because your skin is your defense against the harshness of the outside world, excessive dryness can wear down this defense, resulting in cracking and itching. If you have normal to dry skin, you need to use an oil based lotion or cream.  If you have more oily skin, you can use a lighter lotion or serum.
  5. Protect Your Skin
    I know I sound like a broken record, but the sun and your skin are not friends!  Wear at least SPF 30 sunscreen every day.  Sunscreen isn’t just for beach days.

If I really get rolling, I can continue to list many different good skin care habits for a long time.  However, I will stop this list here for now and continue more items on my next post.

As my mother used to say to me, “It’s as easy to develop good habits as bad habits.”  Another common aphorism is that it takes 66 days to embed a habit in your brain to the point where it becomes second nature and done without thinking about it.  In the end, remember the Nike slogan and just do it!

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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