Skin Care Details
Skin’s Basic Needs
Although generally the skin has ten essential needs to maintain optimal health, meeting the basic, daily needs with four regimen steps creates the foundation of daily skin care.
The four essential steps are:
1. Cleanse: This step meets your skin’s basic need to be free of excess oil, dirt, and pollutants. If these impurities are not removed, you will see dull skin and clogged pores. Unclean skin can also experience free radical oxidation, which can damage cells, affect healthy cell renewal, irritate the skin, and initiate hyperpigmentation. To avoid these negative effects, cleansing should be performed twice daily.
2. Tone: Toning fulfills a basic daily need by preparing the skin to receive the benefits from other products and should be performed twice daily, after cleansing. Toning works in several ways. It calms and soothes the skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, and balances the skin’s pH.
3. Protect: The protect step meets the skin’s basic need for a morning moisturizer with SPF to guard against harmful UV rays and environmental stressors. Sun damage degrades the moisture barrier and structural proteins, which causes premature skin aging.
4. Hydrate: The hydrate step provides vital lipids, replenishing moisture, and key repair components for optimal nighttime recovery. Nighttime hydration should be applied once daily in the evening.
Skin’s Advanced Needs
In addition to the basic daily needs, your skin also has advanced needs. When dealing with specific skin problems such as discoloration, acne, free radical damage, and signs of aging, addressing these concerns is critical for your skin health and beauty. Incorporating steps to target your skin’s advanced needs will give you the needed advantage of advanced skin care.
Some advanced needs for your skin include:
• Nourish: For protecting your skin health and maintaining youthfulness, the nourish step is essential. You can nourish the skin with powerful antioxidants to neutralize free radicals that damage and prematurely age your skin.
• Treat: The treat step meets an essential advanced need of the skin when key components, functions, or structures within the skin are compromised. This leads to the signs of premature aging and treatment products are specially formulated to target those key skin components.
• Refinish: The refinish step focuses on skin that has become dull and rough. Refinishing helps to resurface and polish the skin for a fresh, glowing complexion.
• Exfoliate: When environmental stressors and aging begin to interfere with healthy cell renewal, the exfoliate step becomes important. Exfoliation helps remove dead cell buildup for smoother, more youthful looking skin and can stimulate the cell renewal process.
• Mask: The mask step meets an essential advanced need of the skin when the skin requires a concentrated application of key ingredients for an extended period of time. Masks are an excellent way to meet the skin’s various needs. Some masks deliver key ingredients to the skin, while others draw out impurities.
• Revitalize: Tired, stressed skin requires the essential step revitalize to restore vibrancy and promote cellular energy. This need should be met once per week after cleansing.
By understanding both the essential, daily needs, and the advanced needs of your skin, you can easily create a regimen that meets all of your needs. You can do this by incorporating specific steps and specially formulated products into your daily routine. It is important to remember that the best skin care products are designed to work synergistically and as they do this, they maintain and enhance the health and natural beauty of your skin.
Professional Help for Skin Problems
No matter what you do, your skin will not be perfect. It can be too dry or too oily. It can develop rashes and acne. It can become discolored and wrinkles. When issues occur that you cannot control, it is important to address the problem with a professional dermatologist who can help you with your skin problems. Dr. Maxine Tabas is a qualified skin expert who offers compassionate, state-of-the-art treatments for all aspects of dermatology in a comfortable setting. She is committed to bringing you the latest advances in dermatology while caring for you as a person.
Over the course of your life, you should pay attention to all parts of your skin. Familiarize yourself with it, so you’ll notice any changes that might occur, such as different moles or patches that might indicate skin cancer. If you ever have a question or concern, call us today and we will schedule a consultation with Dr. Tabas and she will take whatever measures necessary to obtain a positive outcome.
Your dermatologist is your skin care doctor and their mission is to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
Some of their suggestions to achieve this include:
• Drink 2 liters of clear water a day; eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Skin health can be supported by the adequate intake of many different nutrients.
• Get plenty of sleep. Seven to nine hours of sleep through the night helps organisms to restore the level of oxygen in the blood that is responsible for quick renewal of your body’s cells.
• Avoid direct sunlight; keep you face covered in the sun. Use a sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide brimmed hat.
• Quit smoking and avoid stress situations that can show up on your face no matter how thoroughly you take care of your skin.
• Never go to bed with make-up on as it will seep into your pores and clog them. Wash your skin twice in the end of the day – first to take off your make-up and then to wash the skin itself.
• The skin serves as a backup filter for your digestive system. If you eat something your body can’t digest properly, the first thing it does is try to push out the offending food through your skin.
Every day Treatment:
• You should wash your skin thoroughly to keep its surface clean. Handle it carefully however and never pull or tug it.
• After washing your face at night, be sure to remove dead skin cells or exfoliate it with a gentle scrub at least twice a week. Use products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), which is derived from fruit, milk, and sugar cane because they have anti-inflammatory properties.
• Facial mud and clay masques also help exfoliate dead skin cells, dry up pimples and rinse away blackheads. These masks normalize the skin, absorbing excess oil, shrinking large pores, improving skin’s texture, replenishing vitamins, minerals, and moisture.
• Keep your skin well hydrated throughout the day.
• Keep your skin supple and looking good by stimulating the blood circulation in it. Daily exercise and a shower alternating between hot and cold water will improve the blood flow in your body thus providing your skin cells with vitally needed oxygen and nutrients.
• A glass of hot water with lemon daily helps to energize your entire organism, including liver and gall bladder, cleaning the blood of toxins responsible for problem skin.
The good news is skin care can be simple. Washing your face does not have to be a ten-step process, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to fill up your medicine cabinet with shelves of products. Protecting the skin from harmful UV rays is key to your overall health. If you are not healthy, it will be reflected in your complexion.