Countless crèmes, lotions, therapies, and technologies have been invented for skin care, with even more on the way; all in pursuit of something we take for granted in our 20’s. What’s the big secret to younger-looking skin? It’s simple—if you treat your skin right today, it will look great for years to come. Take better care of your skin now with Dr. Ted Lain’s guide below.
· Cleanser: Find a cleanser that matches your skin type—dry, oily, normal, or sensitive. Some people only need to wash their faces once a day, but many wash morning and night. Incorporate the right cleanser into your daily wake-up and bedtime routines.
TIP – SkinMedica’s Daily Cleanser is gently and effective on the most sensitive skin, It is a great way to start and end your day with a clean, refreshed complexion.
Skin+Metric’s Daily Purifying Cleanser contains Lactic Acid, a gentle exfoliant for normal skin that helps to prevent and treat black heads and acne, as well as preparing the skin for the skincare creams.
Skin Metric’s Exfoliating Cleanser is our most powerful exfoliant, perfect for acne-prone skin. It incorporates alpha-, and beta-hydroxyl acids to remove oil, dead skin cells, and debris while decreasing oil production. This is a great starter for an acne regimen.
Anti-Oxidants – these are a powerful anti-aging tool, meant to protect your skin from sun damage and prevent loss of collagen. Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Green Tea are the most commonly used in skincare creams.
TIP: Skin+Metric’s C+T Ferulic Cream contains high concentrations of these anti-oxidants to give your skin an anti aging boost.
Retinol – Derived from Vitamin A, retinols push your skin to produce more collagen, thereby minimizing fine lines. They also help with blackheads and zits, and help lighten brown spots.
TIP: A great starting point is SkinMedica’s Retinol .5%. It has the age- and acne-fighting retinol in a moisturizing base.
Growth Factors – naturally occurring in the skin, these are proteins the skin uses to maintain its health.
TIP: SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum has the highest concentration of growth factors, combined with anti-oxidants, available on the market. Combining this with the TNS Retinol products forms the backbone of an excellent skincare regimen.
· Moisturizer: Use a moisturizer immediately after cleansing; damp skin absorbs better than dry skin. Just like a cleanser, your moisturizer should fit your skin type. Pay attention to the climate as well—your needs may change between summer and winter.
· Sunscreen: Always use sunscreen. Many dermatologists, including Dr. Ted Lain, will tell you that the sun is the biggest culprit in aging skin, even if you don’t spend hours outside. Find a non-greasy sunscreen that is at least SPF 15. SPF 30 is even better. To make application easier, use a moisturizer in the morning that contains sunscreen.
· Exfoliating Scrub/Mild Mask or Peel: Depending on your skin, replace your cleanser with an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week. Exfoliation gets rid of the dead skin and dirt that can build up in spite of daily cleansing. Do not scour your face; a gentle scrub will do the trick. A mild facial mask or peel will do essentially the same thing as an exfoliator. Find which works better for your skin.
· Extraction: No matter how diligent our skincare routine, blackheads are inevitable. Squeezing them only makes it worse; instead, steam the skin and use a blackhead removal tool to carefully extract them.
· Mask: Facial masks come in all types and styles. Find one that suits your needs, whether it is for unclogging pores or rehydrating dry skin. Giving your skin a little extra boost each month will pay off for years in the future.