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One of the most frequently asked question by my clients is “how bad is the regular use of makeup for the skin?”

Who doesn’t wear makeup these days, I mean WHO?

I have clients asking me literally to formulate a serum-based foundation for them to use while they drop off their kids to school.

And I totally get that, because even I have caught myself wearing makeup in a condition where I couldn’t even talk because of illness. My only concern, I didn’t want to look sick when I was sick!!

But you know what, you don’t have to have clogged pores and dull skin because of wearing makeup everyday, all day.

You can pull off clear vibrant skin even after feeding it with those concealers and foundations for 10 straight hours everyday.

Just follow these 5 tips and you are good to go.

1.Use makeup with SPF for the day.

Its a total myth that you need to let your skin breathe by leaving it bare. Skin does not have a respiratory system that it can breathe. And makeup is not bad for your skin if you use appropriate formula for your skin type.

Where a layer of foundation and setting powder provide additional protection against the sun-rays, you have to understand that it cannot be replaced by a proper sunscreen.

A foundation doesn’t compensate for a sunscreen.

Don’t think that wearing a thick layer of foundation means you are protecting your skin completely from UVA and UVB rays.

You need to wear a shield of physical sunscreen under your foundation or use a foundation that carries an SPF in it.

I usually tell my clients to buy a setting powder with an SPF,so they can reapply it every 2-3 hours during the day. Even the setting sprays with sun protection factor solve the purpose.

Product : Physicians formula tinted moisturise with SPF

2.Use oil-free makeup if you have oily skin.

Just the way different skin types need different skincare; they need different makeup too.
Where makeup is concerned, it doesn’t go by the rule of one for all.

Especially the oily skin needs to kept far off from heavy oil based foundations and primers.
Sometimes the synthetic perfumes and oils can travel deep into the skin and cause inflammation and result in breakouts and blemishes too.

There is wide choice of oil free makeup available in different brands that can give a perfect matte finish to the skin without disrupting its natural oil balance.

Product: Rimmel stay matte pressed powder

3.Clean your makeup brushes and sponges.

I know that cleaning the making brushes sounds like a total work to everyone. But its way too important to clean the brushes at least once a month otherwise every time to apply makeup, you are wearing all the bacteria, dirt and oil that the brushes carry on them.

Product: Real techniques formula brush cleaning gel

4.Makeup has an expiry date.

Generally what we do is use the makeup till it gets out of trend without taking into account the expiry date of the product. Especially foundations and mascara, once opened, get exposed to air, allowing the bacteria to enter the bottle.

These products if used even after the expiration date, might cause some serious allergies and infections.

You should never use cosmetics post expiration. They should be tossed after the expiration date, no matter how much product is still left to use.

5.Just a makeup-removing wipe isn’t enough to take off the makeup.

Consistent use of creamy, oil based layers of foundations and primers can cause the pores to clog resulting in bumpy skin surface and other signs of ageing like blemishes and uneven skin tone.

Makeup removing wipes are not enough to break down the thick layer of makeup thoroughly. Its important to use a makeup remover with the formulas that are designed to wipe off the makeup before wetting your face to use a face wash.

After cleaning the face with the make up wipe, use a cotton ball drenched with a good quality makeup remover to gently take off the makeup and then wash off with a hydrating face wash.
If not carrying any makeup remover, use jojoba oil to remove the makeup.

Its very important to go easy on the delicate area around the eyes. Use a gentle eye makeup remover specially formulated for the sensitive area around the eyes, to remove the eye makeup and that waterproof mascara without pulling and rubbing the delicate skin.

Even gentle exfoliation or a pore-clearing mask would work very well after taking off the makeup at night, keeping the pores clean.

Product: Cucumber organics cleansing oil for acne prone skin.

Wearing makeup for longer hours, day after day, has far more affect on your skin then you realize.
So if you are using makeup regularly and at the same time keen to keep your skin in the best of health, its very important that you follow these simple tips and avoid the harmful effects of makeup.

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My skin care routine in my early twenties can be summed up in four letters: DGAF. But now—as I speed-walk toward the finish line of my late twenties—taking care of my face is on the top of my priorities list. Not because I want to beat back the ravages of time (I truly DGAF about that), but because I want my skin to be radiant 24/7. My skin’s luminosity pretty much flickers like the bare bulb in a horror movie basement—it’s just not reliable. Luckily, I genuinely enjoy my twice-daily face cleansing self-care rituals. Fifteen minutes of being absolutely present in my body, while also taking care of it, is something I desperately need. I love skin care products, and not just the fun, bubbly ones. I live for a good serum. I have a whole shelf dedicated to acids and exfoliants. But the one thing I don’t mess with? Makeup wipes.

I’ll grant you that they’re good at cleaning makeup off of clothes and wiping away stubborn lipstick or mascara, but they suck at cleaning your face. Makeup wipes are fake skin care, and I say that as a Bravo TV fan with a high tolerance for all things contrived. While quick and convenient, using them at night wrecked havoc on my skin. Since it looked like my makeup had disappeared, I didn’t feel like I had to follow up with an actual wash. After all, remover is right there in the product name.

That’s why they’re such a scam.

Like that one hook up buddy you keep inviting over even though they do just a meh job, makeup wipes seem like a great idea at the time. They’re not. They’re terrible. I absolutely understand their uncomplicated allure. I had a sex-friend through college and our (not-really-a) relationship seemed like a low-maintenance thing. In reality, we were creating deep-rooted problems along the way that would take a long time to remedy. It was healthier for us both when we parted ways. And it will be healthier for both you and your skin if you break up with makeup wipes.

“Makeup wipes seem like a great idea at the time. They’re not. They’re terrible.”

To confirm my suspicions, I turned to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. And, yes, your makeup wipes are lying to you.

First things first: Makeup wipes don’t really clean your skin. Mostly, they smear around whatever makeup, dirt, and dead skin is hanging out on your face, leaving a trail of irritated skin in their wake. According to Zeichner, makeup wipes can cause irritation due to preservatives that prevent micro-organisms from contaminating the wipes. In some, that includes formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, solubilizers, surfactants, and emulsifiers. The bad stuff tucked away inside of makeup wipes is housed in the cleansing ingredient so unless you follow your wipe down with a cleanser, you increase your risk of developing inflammation on your skin, Zeichner says.

Then there’s the mechanics of scrubbing your face with makeup wipes, which can also leave you with red, angry skin. “Rubbing can cause low-grade inflammation that, over time, can promote skin pigmentation or even early wrinkling,” Zeichner told me. I’m not too tripped about wrinkles (they’re inevitable), but I’d rather stumble into my bathroom for a haphazard round of double-cleansing than risk any wack pigmentation issues.

Now, let me be clear, Dr. Zeichner did say that compared to not washing your face, wipes are a great option. But personally, I’m staunchly opposed to a better than nothing mentality. Is it a fact that rubbing cooking oil on your face will make it moisturized? Sure, there’s some hydration to be found in almost all oils, but you cannot convince me that kitchen cabinet moisturizer is better than the one I’m currently using.

If you’ve got face wash sitting in your bathroom, there’s no reason not to walk, crawl, or drag yourself to the sink and wash your damn face. It might feel smart to have an “in case of emergency” stash of makeup wipes next to your bed, but if you’re going to take the extra step to cleanse your face at all, why risk pigmentation, irritation, or a breakout? Eliminate the problem and hit up your bathroom as soon as you get home after a late night out. Lately, I’ve started this thing where I walk in the door and straight to the sink to take full advantage of my fast-draining energy. I don’t need to be 100 percent awake to Netflix-binge, but I do need to be at least 85 percent mostly-awake to go through my full skin care routine.

Of course, there are passes to be given here. I loathe makeup wipes, but there are times when I can’t drag myself out of bed, not because I drank too much—although that has been known to happen—but because I’m sad or sick or a depressive combination of both. In those moments, I’ve got a better wash-in-bed solution: I keep a bottle of no-rinse micellar water and some organic cotton pads on my bedside table. The combo works like a charm and doesn’t leave my skin dry and itchy in the morning. Break up with your wipes. Wash your face.

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Is Wearing Makeup Everyday Bad For Your Skin?

Many of your daily makeup products contain harsh chemicals that can disrupt functions of the protective barrier of your skin, making it easier for pathogens to enter your skin. Using makeup regularly can cause various side effects, impacting the health and natural glow of your skin.

However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot use makeup at all. If you follow a few healthy makeup habits and choose skin-friendly products, you can continue to wear makeup everyday.

8 Side Effects of Wearing Makeup Regularly

It’s important to understand how the makeup you use right now is affecting your skin. If you are experiencing one or more of the side effects listed below, it’s time to do something about it.

1. Clogged Pores

If you are applying makeup on a regular basis and leaving it on your skin for a long time, there are chances that your skin pores get clogged. This does not let your skin breathe, making it prone to acne, bumps and other facial skin problems. You may notice bumps around your eyes as well.

2. Untimely Aging

3. Dry or Oily Skin

Makeup products that do not suit your skin type, can make your skin drier or oilier. People with dry skin may experience extreme dryness if they use makeup that’s not meant for their skin type. Similarly, those with oily skin may experience too much of oil production than usual after using the wrong products.

4. Breakouts

Breakouts may occur due to hormonal imbalance, certain medications, improper diet etc. But regular usage of makeup can add to your woes and trigger more frequent breakouts. Skin experts agree that those with acne-prone skin should limit their makeup usage. Applying less makeup can improve your skin’s health and reduce blackheads too.

5. Allergic Reaction

While some makeup products look similar, ingredients vary from one brand to another. Products formulated with mild ingredients do not harm your skin. However products with harmful chemicals like paraben and SLES can cause allergic reactions. If you are allergic to certain ingredients, such products can make it worse. They can make your skin itchy and uncomfortable.

6. Colour Changes

Wearing makeup everyday has side effects but sleeping with makeup through the night can damage your skin to a great extent. Created due to the pollution and sun, free radicals can [1] affect the collagen weakening your skin and lead to changes in your skin colour. For example, when long lasting lipsticks are worn for more than 10 hours, it darkens the colour of your lips as it contains ingredients that block oxygen supply to your lips.

7. Eye Infections

The area around your eyes and your eyelid is thin and delicate. This is also where you use makeup like foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Any kind of irritant in your eye makeup can cause severe harm to your eyes. It can even lead to an eye infection.

The Food and Drug Administration [2] advises checking ingredients before using any eye makeup. Avoid using harmful chemical-based products. Eye make up products can also trigger dark circles, if they are not removed before bed or if worn for a long period of time.

8. Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. As per the Skin Cancer Foundation [3], one among 5 Americans goes through the disease. However, the American Cancer Society [4] has also established that there is very little evidence to conclude the relationship of makeup products with skin cancer. While there isn’t enough evidence to claim the correlation, ingredients like formaldehyde, coal tar, arsenic, silica and chromium are known to be carcinogenic.

When Should You Not Wear Makeup?

1. During Workouts

For those who are both makeup lovers and fitness enthusiasts, wearing makeup during your workout session is not recommended. During workout, your oil and gland pores open up. A heavy coating of makeup clogs pores and stops your skin from breathing. It can cause skin damages like wrinkles, fine lines, acne, blackheads, irritation etc.

2. When Your Makeup Expires

Keep an eye on the makeup labels. Products that have crossed their expiry date will not benefit your skin in any way. In fact, it will cause more damage, and lead to irritation. Also, expired makeup can harbour bacteria, which can cause skin infections.

How To Prevent The Side-Effects of Makeup?

Tips Before You Start Makeup

1. Buy The Right Product:

Every skin type is unique. So, you cannot use a product just because someone else is using it. Know your skin type and buy products that suit your skin and do not cause any allergic reaction. Check the label of the product to know if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. If you are unsure, do a patch test using a tester product.

2. Moisturize:

Regardless of your skin type, never ignore the importance of a moisturizer. Those with oily skin may think moisturizing will make their skin oilier but such is not the case. Moisturizing will help you maintain the protective barrier on your skin. This can save you from skin issues like dryness, redness and even flaky skin.

3. Apply Sunscreen:

Sun damage causes early ageing of your skin. Thus it is important to apply sunscreen before you apply any makeup product. If you are not comfortable with sunscreen, use a moisturizer and foundation that provides sun protection.

Tips After Makeup

1. Clean The Brushes:

Once you are done with your makeup, do not forget to clean up the brushes and sponge. Wash these at least once a week. This is important, as harmful bacteria from your dead skin cells and sweat thrive on your makeup brushes. Deep cleaning your brushes will kill the bacteria.

2. Remove Makeup Before Bed:

It is mandatory to wash off your makeup before you go to bed. First, remove your makeup with a makeup remover, using soft cotton balls. Then, wash your face with a gentle face wash.

3. Never Share Your Makeup:

Sharing your personal makeup with others can spread bacteria. Avoid sharing makeup products.

Wrapping Up

While applying makeup regularly has some side effects, you can still use them by adopting a few healthy makeup habits. Also, when you apply makeup products daily, it calls for special care of your skin. Using good skincare products that keep your skin internally hydrated and healthy will ensure that using cosmetics will not harm your skin.

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7 Reasons Why Your Skin Care Routine is Important. Do you have a skin care routine? Or do you just prefer to fall asleep each night and not worry too much about what is on your skin? You may not think too much about your skin care routine, but the truth is you should.

Your skin is one of the largest organs your body has, and it works hard every day to protect our bodies from harmful elements. Taking care of your skin and developing a skin care routine is important, because it can help this organ do its job better and longer. If you still aren’t convinced that a skin care routine is important, take a look below at 7 reasons why your skin care routine is important and something worth paying attention and time to.

7 REASONS WHY YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE IS IMPORTANT

1. Our skin sheds itself daily – You may think your skin is healthy today, but did you know your skin cells shed just about every minute of every day? This means the healthy skin you have today will be shedding tomorrow, so if you don’t care for it know you could lose it to dull, less than perfect skin. Isn’t that a great reason to develop a daily skin care routine?  A detoxifying charcoal mask is a great way to remove the dead skin and keep your skin glowing.

2. All skin types are different – Perhaps you have a friend who doesn’t have a skin care routine and her skin looks great. Well, that is great for her, but did you know that all skin types are different? Because of this, your skin may require more care than the next persons. For this reason, a daily skin care routine is important.  We love that Lemongrass Spa offers a customizable skincare kit that is best suited for your skin type and needs.

3. Beautiful skin is a lifelong process – If you want gorgeous skin 30 years from now, the choices you make today will help that happen. Beautiful skin is a lifelong process, and developing a daily skin care routine today can help you keep beautiful skin for the future. At the same time, negative skin care routines now can harm your skin for the future.

4. Prevention is easier – Preventing potential skin problems now is easier than trying to fix skin issues in the future. Taking the time to involve yourself in a skin care routine daily takes less time than having to see dermatologists or address skin issues as a result of neglect down the line.

5. A skin care routine saves you money – When you take care of your skin health, you avoid issues down the line that can be costly. If you don’t want to deal with acne scars, deep wrinkles, skin discoloration, or other skin issues, a skin care routine now can prevent trips to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the future to address these issues.

6. When you look good you feel good – Having clean and clear skin can help boost your confidence and keep you looking your best! Your face is the first part of you others see when they meet you, so go forward with your best face forward. A daily skin care routine can help you do exactly this.

7. A skin care routine can help establish other healthy routines – Add a skin care routine to your other healthy living routines so you can develop better health habits all around. This can include oral care routines as well as hair and scalp routines. Do them all together so you can look and feel great!

Are you convinced now to give your skin care routine a second look? There is no time like the present to develop a skin care routine that works for you and can keep your skin looking and feeling amazing for years to come!

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The beauty market is more inclusive than it’s ever been before, but true diversity is a work in progress. Consider the makeup industry for instance, which has made major strides in recent years but when we look into skincare, a lack of diversity still persists. 456 Skin describes it as “the skincare-race gap”, which is seen in the industry’s dearth of melanin-specific skincare. As Sarah Irby, founder of Melē, reflects on her brand’s website, “Black and Brown women are major consumers and enthusiasts of all aspects of beauty, yet there is a lack of science-based knowledge and skincare in the market designed specifically for her.” However, recently we’ve seen promising change as more and more incredible POC-focused skincare brands are taking centre stage, gaining the recognition they deserve with many other exciting lines still underway, like Naomi Osaka’s KINLÒ.

Looking for a few extra gems to add to your summer beauty wishlist? Scroll down for a list of revolutionary beauty brands that are elevating education and representation in skincare, with scientifically-backed blends made for all shades of melanin.

456 Skin

 

456 is “closing the skincare-race gap” with their clinically proven product offerings specifically curated and personalized for melanated phototypes: 4, 5, and 6.

Add to Cart: Tonic Oh! Treatment Lotion, $48

Any glow getters out there? Cause this is a literal skin glow-up in liquid form. Hyaluronic acid and alpinum flower leaf extract boosts hydration levels, bringing much-needed balance back to the skin. Paired with this skin-reviving duo is salicylic acid to keep clogged pores in check and improve your skin’s overall texture.

Epara

 

A line of high-end skincare staples that merge science with Africa’s most lush organic ingredients, to help take your day and nighttime beauty ritual to new heights. 

Add to Cart: Natural Cleansing Oil, $63

This holy grail item treats hyperpigmentation as you cleanse. Licorice root and plankton extracts elevate your skin’s glow while tackling dark spots for a brighter and more even complexion.

Rose Ingleton MD

 

Dr. Ingleton creates a range of clean and straightforward skincare essentials that feed the skin with Jamaica’s most powerful nutrient-rich fruit extracts. From blemishes, dullness, redness, and dehydration, you’ll find a solution for all skin woes.

Add to Cart: Complexion Brightening Booster, $70

In this serum is Dr. Rose Ingleton’s hallmark Jamaican Juice Blend — a skin-rejuvenating cocktail of superfruits: bilberry, orange, sugar cane, lemon, and sugar maple topped with a superior serving of hyaluronic acid. It’s also infused with a powerful cocktail of peptides, citric, malic, and lactic acids to add plumpness back to your skin’s texture while working serious wonders for uneven tone too. 

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We live in a society where physical appearance and beauty seem to rule over many inner features and virtues like generosity, altruism, forgiveness. But no matter what you may think about this fact, things are simply this way: beauty is considered very important especially in certain environments, for example, cinema and every other field that brings people to appear with their physical presence.

When Beauty Matters…

We live in the epoch of appearance. People of all ages love taking selfies everywhere, you can see dozens and dozens of photos and pictures everywhere – our magazines and the entire internet are made of pictures and photos. All this framework represents a sort of celebration of physical appearance over other human qualities. That’s probably for this reason that the number of young students who want an education in aesthetics and beauty care is increasing during the latest years.

There are certain places, as we’ve just mentioned, where beauty seems to gain a special role and importance. The world of cinema and TV isn’t the only field where physical beauty matters. In general, all jobs that imply some form of contact with the clients may require physical good looking. Even roulette or poker dealers in land-based casinos are often very beautiful girls and handsome guys. The more beautiful a card dealer, the more gamblers may want to go to their table to play the game.

This sort of rule is true also for online casinos: live poker, blackjack, or teen patti dealers are always attractive like only a few people out there. But online casinos don’t limit to offer games, they also display a large array of roulette rules, teen patti rules, and poker rules for everyone. So, no matter if you are just a novice, you can still learn and master the game like a pro.

Are There Any Reasons To Support Physical Beauty?

In a world that is image-dominated, physical beauty is often supported and celebrated as one of the most qualifying features. Sometimes, it doesn’t even matter what you can actually do as long as you are enough good looking for that job. But you may still be on the fence and wonder whether there are any reasons why beauty is given so much importance in today’s world.

We’ve gathered a few points below to show you the most common reasons why beauty matters and it does very much:

  1. Beauty can impress people
    In certain situations, aesthetic beauty can impress people and let them forget anything else. Beauty works as a distracting element that many vendors use to sell more items.
  2. Beauty is associated with skills
    In certain workplaces (it depends on the employees’ and managers’ mindset), beauty is considered to be connected with brain skills. The truth is that there’s no evidence of such a connection. But people tend to believe that beautiful people are also very skilled and smart.
  3. Beauty makes you feel good
    Why do so many people want to look more attractive? The reason is simple: because the more you look beautiful, the more you feel good about yourself. There’s a psychological connection between the concept of beauty and self-confidence. Generally, the people who know to be attractive tend to be more self-confident in their own skills.
  4. Beauty attracts a lot of people
    For a girl or woman, physical beauty means everything when it comes to starting a love relation. Women use all their charm and glamour to attract men, it’s their stronger weapon. So, beauty can make all the difference in sentimental relationships.
  5. Beauty supports relationships
    If you are married and you stop taking care of yourself, your husband will understand this and he might begin looking at other women. All men would like their wife to be the most beautiful creature on earth, it’s a matter of personal dignity and proudness. So, take care of your body and hair so your man won’t have any reason to look at another woman!
  6. Beauty creates harmony
    A beautiful face is always pleasant to look at, either if she is a vendor of cosmetics or a little girl walking playing around with your kids. People tend to relax when dealing with people who are good-looking and the same happens when they look at a beautiful landscape, portrait, or anything that they like. After all, who would like to look at an ugly thing?

Everyone desires to look good, it’s not only to be liked by other people but also for loving oneself more. This explains the importance of beauty as a value in our society and the increasing attention of new generations of students to this value and how to maintain it through time.

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The Perfect 9-Step Skincare Routine

Whether you have a three- or nine-step routine, there’s one thing anyone can do to improve their skincare, which is to apply products in the right order. No matter your skin concerns, you’ll want to start with a clean, toned base, then apply concentrated, active ingredients, and finish by sealing in moisture—and, of course, SPF in the daytime. Here are the steps for a good skincare regimen:

  1. Wash your face. Morning and night, rinse your face water and rub a small amount of gentle cleanser between clean palms. Massage face wash all over your face using gentle pressure. Rinse your hands and massage your face with water to rinse your face until you’ve removed the cleanser and grime. Gently pat your face dry with a soft towel. If you wear makeup, you may need to cleanse twice at night. First, remove your makeup with cleansing oil or micellar water. Try leaving dedicated eye-makeup removers on for a couple of minutes to allow the makeup to come off more easily and avoid rubbing your eyes. Follow up with a full-face gentle cleanse.
  2. Apply toner. If you use toner, apply after cleansing your face and before everything else. Pour a few drops of toner into your palms or a cotton pad and gently swipe onto your face. If your toner is exfoliating—meaning that it removes dead skin cells with ingredients like glycolic acid—use only at night. Hydrating formulas can be used twice a day. Do not use exfoliating toner and retinoids or other exfoliators at the same time.
  3. Apply serum. Morning is a great time to use a serum with antioxidants—like a brightening vitamin C serum—because they protect your skin from free radicals you’ll encounter throughout the day. Nighttime is a good time to use a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid, which keeps your skin from drying out at night, especially if you’re using anti-aging or acne treatments that can irritate and dry out the skin. Serums can also contain exfoliants such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) or lactic acid. Whatever you’re using, always remember: Water-based serums should go underneath moisturizer; oil-based serums should be applied after moisturizer.
  4. Apply eye cream. You can apply regular moisturizer to your under-eye area, but if you decide to use a specialized eye cream, you’ll typically want to layer it underneath moisturizer, since eye creams tend to be thinner than face moisturizers. Try using an eye cream with a metal roller-ball applicator and storing it in the fridge to counteract puffiness in the morning. Using a hydrating eye cream at night can cause fluid retention that makes eyes look puffy in the morning.
  5. Use spot treatment. It’s a good idea to use acne spot treatments at night, when your body is in repair mode. Be wary of layering acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acids with retinol, which can cause irritation. Instead, make sure you’re doing the most to keep skin calm and hydrated.
  6. Moisturize. Moisturizer both hydrates skin and locks in all the other layers of product you’ve applied. Look for a lightweight lotion for the morning, ideally with SPF 30 or higher. In the evening, you can use a thicker night cream. Those with dry skin may want to use a cream morning and night.
  7. Apply retinoid. Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives including retinol) can reduce dark spots, breakouts, and fine lines by increasing skin-cell turnover, but they can also be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. If you use retinoids, know that they break down in the sun, so they should only be used at night. They also make your skin extra-sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is a must.
  8. Apply face oil. If you use a face oil, make sure to apply it after your other skin-care products since nothing else will be able to penetrate the oil.
  9. Apply sunscreen. It may be the last step, but nearly any dermatologist will tell you that sun protection is the most important part of any skin-care regimen. Protecting your skin from UV rays can prevent skin cancer and signs of aging. If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, you still need to wear sunscreen. For chemical sunscreens, wait 20 minutes before going outside for the sunscreen to be effective. Look for broad-spectrum SPF, meaning that your sunscreen protects from both UVA and UVB radiation.
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These general skin care tips from dermatologists can benefit just about everyone.

  1.  
    Applying sunscreen to hand

    Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors. Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It really can slow down skin aging. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance.

    While it’s important to protect infants’ skin from the sun, the AAD recommends applying sunscreen ONLY to children who are 6 months and older. 

  2. Don’t smoke. Smoking speeds up how quickly your skin ages. If you smoke, your wounds will also take longer to heal. And research shows that smoking worsens some skin diseases, including psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa.
  3. Check your skin for skin cancer. Skin self-exams can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. If you notice a spot that differs from the others, or one that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
  4.  
    Woman applying self-tanner in shower

    Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned. Anytime you tan indoors or outside, you prematurely age your skin. You also increase your risk of getting skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without the risks. To keep your skin healthy, you want to protect it from the sun even when using a self-tanner. 

  5. Use skin care products that match your skin’s needs. What’s your skin type — oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition? Using products formulated for your skin’s needs will help your skin look and feel its best.
  6. Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean. If you’ve been sweating heavily or have a serious acne flare, it may seem natural to scrub your skin. Don’t! Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can worsen any skin condition, including acne.
  7. Wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating. Washing when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog, smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.
  8.  
    African American man gently washing face in mirror

    Gently wash your face. Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. To gently cleanse your face, wet it with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser, gently applying the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting your face dry with a clean towel. 

  9. Stress less. Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too. Some skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) often appear for the first time when someone feels really stressed. Stress can also cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
  10. See a board-certified dermatologist if you dislike something about your skin. When it comes to our skin, dermatologists are the experts. These doctors diagnose and treat thousands of different skin diseases. They also have the expertise needed to help people safely rejuvenate and care for their skin.
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